Elementary School Music

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.


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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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.

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?”

“P” In-Service courses for Music Teachers

Posted in NYC DOE Resources, Prof. Development by P. Conrad on November 14, 2009

“P” courseThe New York City After School Professional Development Program offers a selection of “P” In-Service courses that are designed to equip educators (teachers, secretaries, and other school-based personnel) with the skills and abilities to increase student achievement.  Course offerings are high quality, low-cost alternatives to traditionally offered college courses.  Available across all content areas, courses may be applied toward salary differential requirements and meet the New York State 175-hour Professional Development requirement. (ASPDP classes do not offer academic credits toward fulfillment of licensing requirements.)

Summer “P” course registration will begin on June 2nd after 4 PM.  Mark your calendar for the Fall 2009 registration which begins on August 4th after 4 PM. Fall courses begin meeting on Sept 21st. Visit the ASPDP website to view the catalog of courses. For additional information contact Helaine Schwartz, Director at 718-935-5753 or via e-mail at aspdp@schools.nyc.gov

Past offerings that may be of interest to music teachers included Using the Recorder in the Classroom, Composing with Garage Band, Technology Through Music and Other Arts, and The American Musicals Project – History, & Literature through the Arts.

(Click on the last title to see a description of the course.)

P-Credit course on Effective Teaching Strategies for New Teachers

Posted in Prof. Development by P. Conrad on September 16, 2009

Music teachers with less than three years of experience can register now for the P-Credit course Effective Teaching Strategies for the Beginning Core/Instrumental Music Specialist. This course will focus upon effective methods for maximizing teacher-student communication, classroom management, unit/lesson planning, selecting appropriate repertoire, creating adaptive musical arrangements, acquiring instructional resources, and developing supports for one’s program.

Course Name: Effective Teaching Strategies for the Beginning Core/Instrumental Music Specialist
Instructor: Barry Stern
Eligibility: This course is open to assigned teachers of core and/or instrumental music for grades 3 through 12 with less than three years of experience teaching music in the DOE.
Week I: Monday, Tuesday  & Thursday, October 5, 6, & 8,
Week II: Tuesday & Thursday, October 13 & 15,
Week III: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, October 19, 20, & 22,
Week IV: Monday  & Tuesday, October 26-27,

Time: All sessions will meet from 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: All sessions will take place at Louis D. Brandeis High School (145 West 84th Street, Manhattan)
Course Fee: $100 due at time of enrollment (This is a reduced fee due to a generous grant from the Shubert Foundation.)
To Register: Participants must register online at http://schools.nyc.gov/teachers/aspdp/ by Tuesday, September 29. The ASPDP course code is P1-261F09.

Licensing of Music Teachers

Posted in Certification, NYC DOE Resources, Prof. Development by P. Conrad on March 29, 2009

Every music teacher in a New York City public school should be certified to teach music grades PreK through 12. The NYC Department of Education seeks to have all arts teaching done by licensed arts educators, and requires the New York State Professional Certificate in Music as its license for music teachers.…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Requirements for a NYS K-12 Permanent Certification in Music

(from the NYS Department of Education)

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1)     Completion of a NYS-registered Program in Music

Requirement Description: “Registered program” means an education program that has been approved in advance by the New York State Education Department as containing the studies required for certification as a New York State educator.

3)    Content Specialty Test in Music (see links below)

Requirement Description: The Content Specialty Test is administered by the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). Offered in specific subjects, the CST typically consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The CST in Music also includes taped listening components and a written assignment. The purpose of the test is to assess knowledge and skills in the subject of the certificate sought. (A description of the Content Specialty Test in Music can be downloaded. To register for the CST in Music go to the NYSTCE site.)

4)    Institutional Recommendation:

Requirement Description: A statement from a New York State institution of higher education that has an approved preparation program. Through its statement, the institution recommends a candidate for certification. Contact the certification officer at your institution to ensure the recommendation has been entered. The certification officer should also supply you with a Student Application Information Sheet with information required to complete the online application. (This requirement would not apply to a candidate who has simply accrued the 30 required credits without c0mpleting a degree program in Music.)

5)    Content Core – Music – 30 credits.

Requirement Description: “Content core” refers to coursework that instructs candidates in the specific subject matter of the certificate title sought (e.g., Music). It is the equivalent of a major in that subject area. Course content, rather than the name of the department through which a course is offered, determines the acceptability of a course to fulfill these requirements. Courses in the methods of teaching a subject are not acceptable as study in the content area.

Note: content core courses must be passed with a “C” or above at the undergraduate level or “B-” or above at the graduate level.

United Federation of Teachers certification specialists recommend that several of the required credits should be at the graduate level, although this is not explicitly required by the NY State or NY City Departments of Education.

The music certificate is valid for vocal and instrumental music. Acceptable studies include courses in music theory, performance, music history, instrument repair, and performance of instruments (whether or not one’s major instrument). Courses in methods of teaching children how to sing or how to play an instrument are not accepted toward the content area requirement. Instead, those courses may be applied to the professional education requirement.

In addition to the above requirements, candidates should have completed:

6)     ATS-W
7)     LAST
8)     2 years of paid, full-time classroom teaching experience
9)     U.S. Citizenship or INS Permanent Residence
10)    Fingerprint Clearance

To review and update your status online visit the NYSED system, you’ll need to set up a log-in account at the TEACH System, where you can update all your relevant information. When your requirements are complete you’ll use this system to complete your application on-line.

In addition, every newly-licensed teacher needs to complete 175 hours of professional development every five years. Requirements are available on a document you can download from the NYSED site.

Citywide Music Teachers Professional Development

Posted in Prof. Development by P. Conrad on October 7, 2007

The first city-wide music professional development workshop for 2007-2008 was Election Day, November 6. A follow-up event is set for Tuesday, January 29, 2008.
The Election Day event day began with a performance of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” by the Orchestra of St. Luke in its entirety. This piece provided “working repertoire” for the day’s activities: used as a point of entry to the work begun in last year in Blueprint workshops. The Vivaldi piece was the focus for participants in clarifying and deepening their understanding of how repertoire, regardless of its source, can be used to achieve Blueprint-based instructional goals for students at all levels.

Following the performance, teachers and a designated DOE facilitator met with members of the OSL in smaller “break-out” sessions. Each group discussed and identified the salient musical, interpretive, and historical aspects of the Vivaldi piece. Each participant receive a complimentary Dover Press score of the complete work. Finally, paired colleagues and small groups worked to create a written “Wraparound” (curriculum guide) with embedded assessments, based upon “Le Quattro Stagione.”

Principals will need to purchase the workshop on your behalf as a FAMIS item, so it’s important to discuss the date and your plans, in advance of the registration deadline. For the Election Day event, principals had to make their FAMIS purchase no later than Friday October 26.

Registration is completed by going on-line to http://www.zoomerang.com/recipient/survey-intro.zgi?p=WEB226U744UTCW
Contact the Office of Arts and Special Education for more information about the January 29, 2008 date.
E-Mail: artsandspecialprojects@schools.nyc.gov
Website: http://schools.nyc.gov/offices/teachlearn/arts/index2.html
Phone: 212-374-0300