Carnegie Hall’s the Summer Music Educators Workshop Kicks off in July

Mike Lawson • News • June 29, 2017

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Next month, Carnegie Hall will host its Summer Music Educators Workshop from July 19 through 22 in an effort to give music teachers the chance to improve and revamp their teaching practices.

Over the course of the four-day program, teachers will play their instruments in workshops and ensembles, network in breakout sessions, and attend the July 21 concert by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). This year’s theme of the program is “Dare to Create,” which will unite 125 educators with an expert guest faculty. This season boasts the most participants yet; the inaugural program saw 64 educators and last year included 100.

In addition, Music Educators Workshop school-year participants will be able to choose from one of three curriculum tracks: “Creating Memorable Introductions to Music,” “Exploring Composition and Creativity,” and “Leading and Creating Ensembles.”

“Carnegie Hall is deeply committed to providing students across the country with access to a high-quality music education, and we believe the single most powerful tool in making that happen is a motivated, skilled, and well-supported music teacher,” said Sarah Johnson, director of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. “In the coming season, we will expand the Music Educators Workshop, making it available to elementary-level teachers, allowing us to have a greater impact by providing more teachers with the resources needed to teach effectively and thoughtfully. We hope that participating teachers will return home inspired and ready to implement what they have learned in their classrooms, deepening the experience of countless young musicians.”

Guest faculty for the Summer Music Educators Workshop will include Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, choreographer, director, and author Twyla Tharp, composer Thomas Cabaniss, education consultant Richard Mannoia, composer and educator Nicole Mitchell, professional development facilitator Eric Dalio, and Ronnie Oliver, Jr. of the Manhattan School of Music.

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