Professional Development in Music
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Introduction To Music Blueprint Professional development
The Office of the Arts and Special Projects provides citywide professional development in the implementation of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. Professional development sessions are led by master teachers—outstanding public school arts teachers identified by the DOE—and teaching artists—professional artists from local cultural organizations. During these sessions, teachers explore the five Blueprint strands of arts education, and learn strategies for lesson plan building and engaging children in the arts. Teachers participate in hands-on projects, allowing them to directly apply the lessons learned at training sessions to their classrooms.

2015-16 Music Professional Development

2015-2016 Citywide PD: Enhancing Our Artistry and Practice

“The purpose of music education is to empower musicianship in students and nurture their becoming musical people.” (F. Abrahams, Planning Instruction in Music).

With this purpose in mind, our three-part, 2015-2016 professional learning series for music educators is designed to expand and solidify teachers’ repertoire of best instructional practices so that students may be served in this way. In a peer-driven, experiential and supportive setting, participants will explore concrete ways in which Music Blueprint-based musicianship and established music instructional practices align with the components of Teacher Effectiveness and the Chancellor’s Framework for Great Schools. Emphasis will be placed upon sharing repertoire-driven best practices, nurturing student engagement in all music classroom settings, designing targeted plans and assessments, and strengthening networks within music teachers’ professional learning communities.

Session One: Setting the Stage
The focus of the day will be Planning Instruction in Music: Writing Objectives, Assessments, and Lesson Plans to Engage Artistic Process, based on the work of Dr. Frank Abrahams and Ryan John.

We will review and discuss each of the Music Blueprint revisions and the ways in which lessons and units may be written and implemented to reflect the suggested processes and practices outlined in Dr. Abrahams’ practical and timely work. His teaching model encourages core music and ensemble teachers to adapt instruction and rehearsal techniques so that individual differences in learning styles are addressed.

• Assessing instructional objectives/ concepts: what’s real, what works
• Mapping the year
• Lesson planning: essential questions for core and ensemble instruction
• Sample objectives related to teachers’ specific assignments, Blueprint and national standards

Teachers will document the ways in which the day’s contents and activities are reflected in their own practice and their students’ work. These artifacts will be used as tools for professional discussion and share-outs at session two.

**Special Guest Performance by Ensemble ACJW Fellow

Session Two: Best Practices-Working it Out, or, Instruction from Paper to Practice

This session will be divided into two segments. The first segment will build upon the concepts, methods and desired outcomes examined in the prior session. Teachers will share, discuss and reflect upon the resultant documentation of their own practice and students’ work. Participants will use the shared artifacts as resources to deepen their understanding and mastery of curriculum design and its impact on student learning. Documentation for each of the following grade and musical focus areas will be presented: elementary classroom music, middle and high school core music, band, orchestra and chorus.

In the second segment, participants will be given an opportunity to glean best practices from expert guest clinicians who represent specific musical streams. Clinicians will guide teachers in examining the components of effective music instructional practices and the ways in which such applications align with the desired student outcomes.

Best practices segment:
Pending confirmation, guest clinicians:
• Peter Boonshaft, band
• Lynel Jenkins, chorus
• Susan Davis, orchestra
• John Feierabend, core/classroom

Session 3: Repertoire: Our most important tool

The focus of this session will be choosing appropriate repertoire and the ways in which it may be used to achieve the goals and themes examined in prior sessions. This session will function as a working performance laboratory for assimilating the knowledge and skills acquired in sessions one and two.

• Teachers will share and teach recommended repertoire chosen to impart musical concepts in benchmark grades and musical streams. Brief summaries of the ways in which the repertoire was used to serve documented goals and objectives will be provided.
• Participants will engage as student-participants and feed-back observers.

This series will culminate in live performances by students and teachers.

Registration Deadline Friday, October 16, 2015.

Eligibility Assigned teachers of music, grades PreK-12

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Monday, February 1, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Time 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location TBA
Cost FREE!


Two, 3-Part Instrument Repair Short Courses

These courses will have limited enrollment. Registration coming soon!

Woodwind Short Course

Session 1 Friday, March 4, 2016 CLARINET REPAIRS
Session 2 Friday, March 11, 2016 SAXOPHONE REPAIRS
Session 3 Friday, March 18, 2016 FLUTE REPAIRS
Times 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
Instructor Eli Kronenberg, Instrumental Music Department, Frank Sinatra High  
Location Mid-Manhattan Rehearsal Studio, T.B.D  

Participants in this interactive, hands-on workshop will learn the fundamentals of diagnosing and repairing basic problems associated with woodwind instruments. Techniques for disassembling, key fitting, padding, key corking, the care of metal and finishes, key alignment, soldering, spring replacement and other related concerns will be covered.

Brasswind Short Course

Session 1 Friday, April 1, 2016 TRUMPET, CORNET REPAIRS
Session 2 Friday, April 8, 2016 TROMBONE REPAIRS
Session 3 Friday, April 15, 2016 FRENCH HORN, TUBA REPAIRS
Times 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
Instructor TBD  
Location Mid-Manhattan Rehearsal Studio, T.B.D  

Participants in this interactive, hands-on workshop will learn the basics of diagnosing and repairing basic problems associated with brasswind instruments. Techniques for removing common dents, straightening, separating and aligning parts, soft soldering and spot finishing, valve cleaning and other related concerns will be covered.

Non-DOE Summer PD Opportunity for Music Teachers


The Choral Conducting Institute was established in 2014 at Columbia University and at the University of Buffalo to provide choral conductors with an opportunity for growth. The institute offers 5-day workshops sponsored by the music departments at Columbia University and The University at Buffalo.

The five-day workshops are open to choral conductors from around the world who wish to enhance their careers, expand their contacts and have an intensive experience with Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, one of the world’s leading choral conductors.

The workshops are limited to 12 conductors so that each participant will receive close attention and hands-on guidance. Each attendee will receive a private lesson, plus opportunities to rehearse the institute’s choir while receiving constructive feedback by Rosenbaum. In addition, there will be sessions devoted to the study of scores and interpretation, diction and performance practice, plus the business of running a choral organization, including forming a board of directors, fundraising, marketing, public relations and grant-writing.

Other topics may include when to use a baton, when to conduct recitatives, how to run rehearsals from the keyboard, singing expressively, working with soloists, how to interpret staccatos, tenutos, choral crescendos, grace notes and glissandos, the placement of singers and piano in performance, and much more. Participants receive in-depth interaction with the maestro as they learn the intricacies of choral conducting. Auditors pay a reduced tuition and are welcome to attend any events during the week. Singers who wish to participate in the Institute Choir pay no tuition.

Dates & Locations

Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24, 2015, 10am – 6pm
at Adelphi University (Garden City, NY)
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Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14, 2015, 9am - 5pm
Sponsored by the Music Department of the University at Buffalo
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Monday, January 4 to Friday, January 8, 2016,  9am – 5pm
sponsored by the music department at Columbia University
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Download the Music for the Columbia Workshop >

HRCCI Tuition Payment Options
Full Participation Tuition $475.00 USD      
Auditor Tuition $275.00 USD

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