Elementary School Music

Two music teachers’ workshops in July

Posted in Events, Prof. Development by P. Conrad on May 16, 2012

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts offers two 2-day teacher education workshops held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Usdans’ Huntington, LI campus.

I Can Do That Kids! on July 17 – 18 will be taught by Angelo Truglio, music educator and founder of the I Can Do That! program.

Music for Learning, Music for Fun on July 24 — 25 will be taught by Elaine Gates a Usdan faculty member since 1968.

The workshops cost $95 each, and include classroom and hands-on experiences designed to enrich the programs of elementary music teachers, and classroom teachers alikel. A Certificate of Completion will be provided at the end of each course.

Applications may be downloaded from the Usdan Center  or all 631-643-7900 for more information.


Posted in Choral Music, Events, Prof. Development by P. Conrad on December 13, 2011

The Office of Arts and Special Projects just recently announced “Cross-Choral Training™,” an all-day Saturday workshop for NYC Department of Education choral/vocal teachers.

The clinicians are two master choral conductors: Dianne Berkun (right) of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Jeannette LoVetri (left), BYC’s Voice Specialist.

BYCA’s Cross-Choral Training™ method is functional voice training applied in a group setting, based on the latest information on voice science and knowledge of the young voice. Through the development of vocal registers and resonance adjustments, singers develop the capacity to perform music of diverse genres and styles authentically, and to respond to musical and expressive demands of the most challenging choral repertoire.

The workshop will be held at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, 179 Pacific Street, Brooklyn (near the Bergen Street F train) from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday January 28.

A live music calendar for NYC students

Posted in Events, For Kids, Where-ever by P. Conrad on December 11, 2011

Music for a Sound Future is a site that helps students find free or low-cost performances of live music in all five city boroughs, with detailed descriptions of each event including a map to each respective venue.

The calendar is an initiative of the Council for Living Music in partnership with the American Federation of Musicians Local 802. It’s part of their effort to counter the trend among Broadway producers toward using canned music in place of pit orchestras for Broadway shows. The site uses GoogleCalendar and includes many Juilliard recitals and some drama as well as music.

Music Educators’ Workshops for 2011-2012

Posted in Events, Prof. Development, Prof. Organizations by P. Conrad on November 2, 2011

The fall season always brings new workshops of interest to elementary music teachers. One series is presented by MEANYC and the UFT Music Teachers Committee:

On Saturday, November 19, from 9AM-1PM, Jim Frankel, a presenter from the Soundtree company will host a workshop on ways to Integrate Technology into Your Music Classroom, exploring new software titles, hardware, websites, and curricular resources across grades K-12.

On Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 4:30 PM-7:30 PM, Marisol Ponte-Greenberg will lead a workshop on Traditional Music of Argentina: Music Styles, Instruments, Folk Songs and Choral Repertoire for Children. Packets with transcriptions of songs, translations and teaching techniques will be available, and Ms. Ponte-Greenberg who teaches chorus and general music at the Abigail Adams P.S. 131 School in Queens, will give a PowerPoint talk on her recent research as a Fulbright scholar in Latin America.

For all the UFT/MEANYC workshops, there is a $10.00 fee with advance registration/$15.00 at the door, and refreshments will be served.

Other workshops in 2012 include “Music & Dance,” Musical Theatre, a New York Pops brass and woodwind workshop, and a presentation on the Little Kids Rock guitar program. Details will follow here.

All of these workshops satisfy hours of Professional Development Credit and the necessary forms will be available at the workshops.

Click HERE for a registration form to print out and mail in. For more information, visit the MEANYC or the UFT Music Teachers Committee websites.

Citywide Professional Development for 2011-2012

Posted in Events, NYC DOE Resources, Prof. Development by P. Conrad on October 11, 2011

Two events are available for music teachers on November 8 (Election Day). One is listed below and the other can be found on the page for Teacher-Directed Staff Development.


As in the past, the 2011-12 school year offers a series of professional development events for music teachers in New York City public schools. There’s a cost for the series that must be paid for by the school at the pleasure of the principal, and participants must register on-at a dedicated website (CVENT). The cost of the series is $100 per elementary school participant for the full workshop series (3 days).

All workshops will be held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School, 35-12 35th Avenue in Queens, on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, and then on Monday, January 30, and Thursday, June 7, 2012, from 8:30 AM — 3:00 PM.

This year’s series will provide “will provide practical, performance based strategies for articulating and demonstrating the ways in which music empowers students to ‘decode’ complex text.”

“These three sessions will focus upon one, specific aspect of the music specialist’s mission: to encourage students’ appreciation and participation in music thus developing their ability to read music-related text. In doing so, the goals and outcomes for our students contained within the Music Blueprint and Common Core standards are supported.”

Participants are expected to attend all three workshop days. The registration deadline for this workshop series is Tuesday, October 31, 2011.

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Teacher-directed professional development for 2011-2012

Posted in Events, Prof. Development by P. Conrad on October 11, 2011

Music teachers Craig McGorry (who teaches at P.S. 35 in the Bronx) and Katie Traxler (P.S. 51 in Manhattan) are again hosting a special PD day for elementary and middle school music teachers on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, from 9:00am – 3:00pm.
Colleagues around the NYC area are invited to come and share ideas for best practices in the classroom including repertoire, engaging activities. 

Read about the original non-DOE PD day here.                            Read about the 2010 event here.

Where: PS 35x, The Franz Sigel School, 261 East 163rd Street, in the Bronx (between Grant Avenue & Morris Avenue)

Directions: Take the 4, B, or D train to 161st/Yankee Stadium. Walk away from Yankee Stadium, up the hill on 161st Street, and cross Grand Concourse.

Contact Craig McGorry at musicteachermcgorry@gmail.com for more information.

World Music Drumming workshop

Posted in Events, Prof. Development by P. Conrad on February 13, 2011

On Saturday, March 5th, 2011 from 9AM-1PM, the UFT’s NYC Music Teachers Association joins with Music Educators of NYC in hosting a workshop on “World Music Drumming: Transforming Lives — Building Community” led by Dr. Will Schmid.

This is a hands-on session demonstrating the World Music Drumming curriculum, which is designed for grades 3-5 and middle school / HS students.  Participants should bring a hand drum if possible.  The event is presented in conjunction with Hal Leonard Corp., publishers of Dr. Schmid’s World Music Drumming Curriculum.

The workshop is $10.00 with advance registration, $15.00 at the door and it includes pastry, fruit and coffee served at 8:30 AM. For advance registration, download a registration form from the UFT site and mail it in.

This workshop satisfies 4 professional development credit hours; forms will be available at the event.

January Workshop

Posted in Events by P. Conrad on January 9, 2010

Kodaly Organization of New York (KONY) presents:  Susan Brumfield: Saturday, January 30th

10am-2pm, Registration beginning at 9:30

KONY Members: $20, Non-Members: $30, Full-Time Student Members: $5, Full-Time Student Non-Members: $15

at Trevor Day School: 11 East 89th Street, Manhattan

Dr. Brumfield will lead two mini-workshops, and songs &  singing games from England, Scotland and Italy plus a choral reading sponsored by Hal Leonard Publishing.

Brumfield teaches at Texas Tech and has edited two collections of traditional songs and games for children from the British Isles: Hot Peas and Barley-O: Children’s Songs and Games from Scotland (Hal Leonard), and Over the Garden Wall: Children’s Songs and Games from England (JW Pepper).

Teacher-directed staff development

Posted in Events, Prof. Development by P. Conrad on November 15, 2009

flip photo. . . at a meeting of elementary school music teachers, organized and hosted by Craig McGorry at P.S. 35 in the Bronx, on November 3, 2009.

16 people attended, some of them from schools as far away as Brooklyn.  Participants discussed and shared activities (body percussion, movement to music, xylophone work, singing rounds, rhythm notation games, etc.), including:
  • Body Percussion Rondo:  “Everyone learned it, then broke into four groups.  Each group spent about 10 minutes coming up with their own 4-measure ideas.  We then regrouped and combined the parts with the A-section from the original rondo.  The result is an activity that moves from learning a piece to composing other sections and finally performing them.”
Other material demonstrated on the videos includes:
  • Body Movement: to identify different sections from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (presented by Evan Alboum of P.S. 246, Bronx).
  • Macro-Beat Awareness: activity presented by Fay Watson of P.S. 75, Manhattan)
  • Two African-American handgames —Hambone and Juba (presented by David Haiman of P.S. 180, Manhattan).
  • Balafón: Orff arrangement for 2nd graders, from Walt Hampton’s Hot Marimba (presented by David Haiman) .
  • Kokoleoko: a Liberian folk song acappella arrangement
  • I Won’t Go to Macy’s Anymore: a schoolyard rhyme (presented by Walter Paul of P.S. 42, Manhattan)
  • John Kanaka: a Pacific Islands sea shanty with circle play
Mr. McGorry writes: “What made it work so well was that different voices contributed.  Also, we kept bringing it back to the practical:  how do you use this in a classroom?  What are the potential problems that you could encounter in doing this?  How do you avoid those problems?”

New York City Music Teachers’ Percussion Workshop on May 8

Posted in Events by P. Conrad on March 6, 2009

The DOE and New York Pops will offer a one-day workshop on percussion for music teachers from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8 in Manhattan at a location to be determined. Participants will be offered sessions on basic battery, mallet, tympani, world percussion, classical percussion, toy/hand percussion and drum set. Attendees will receive class percussion supplies, resources, handouts, concert tickets and door prizes. The cost for this full-day workshop is $150 per participant to be paid by his or her school. Teachers should register via ProTraxx by using activity code 051-09-022-008 no later than Wednesday, March 18. Space is limited. School payment is due by Friday, March 20. For further information on this workshop, click HERE

Registration for this workshop is now closed.