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Music teachers

I’ve been teaching cello lessons for over 25 years and I’ve never taught an online lesson until a couple of weeks ago.  What a huge learning curve this has been!!!   In the past two weeks I have learned to use several online video streaming platforms.  I have upgraded my hardware with a new webcam, microphone, wireless earbuds, and new speakers.  I have taught 40 families to use Zoom, which ended up being my preferred platform after lots of experimenting and advice from colleagues.  I have boosted my personal creativity to make these online lessons work best for my students.  Most recently,

 It happened one day in 9th Grade Choir at East High School.

It was the spring of 1965 and our music teacher Mr. W. had just introduced us to some new music that we would perform later that year.

Mr. W. instructed us to watch him very closely as he demonstrated the fine technique of breathing just before he started to sing the first note. He opened his mouth and let out a big gasp. Mr. W. caught his dentures from falling out!

Bill Tiberio's work as a musician and a teacher has an impact throughout the Rochester community. You can hear him playing saxophone with his band, or see him  conducting the Music Educators Wind Ensemble and Music Educators Big Band based at the Eastman Community Music School, and most of all, know that he has inspired generations of music students as a teacher at Fairport High School for more than 30 years.

If you teach or study a string instrument, here's something that should delight you.

For the more than 40 years that they have been playing, the Kronos Quartet has been known for innovative, fascinating new music performances.  Recently, they have taken on a project to encourage others to learn through new and experimental music. They call it: Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.

  Evan Ritter is a student at the Eastman School of Music, originally from Texas. He’s a junior, studying piano performance.  He’s also co-director of the South East Asia Music Festival in the Philippines. Teaching and leading this intensive music festival for students in one of the most impoverished districts of a troubled country is both rewarding and challenging.

The challenges include the fear of extrajudicial killings, strict curfews, and even the occasional pack of wild dogs. 
 

Musical Mentors

Mar 5, 2017

There were many adults in my life that inspired my musical interest. My parents, Fred and Marie Andres took their 3 year old son to classical concerts at the Eastman Theatre. Sometimes I fell asleep!

During elementary school, Miss Dolan from School # 35 and Miss Beckwith from School # 33 inspired me with the variety of songs taught during class. Miss Dolan insisted that I would sing an Irish lullaby solo on stage in 2nd Grade. That was my last solo! (read more)

“I think the most important thing is: we need to make sure that we encourage music, and arts in general, solely for the sake of music and art. Because it’s the other part of human life that needs to be stimulated.

If all we give our kids are “how many AP classes can we cram into our high school schedule, how many activities can we do throughout the day,” and never give them the side of artistic stimulation that allows them to express and process them world around them, we’re really doing them a disservice.