Bank Street College Presents: Connecting with the Community

January 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

Singing and Guitar Playing: 
A Workshop for Pre-K through Grade 4 Teachers and Practitioners

Saturday, February 12th
9:00 am-12:00 pm

“Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life.”  ~Daniel A. Carp, former Chairman and CEO of the Eastman Kodak Company

The purpose of this workshop is for educators to gain confidence in group singing with guitar accompaniment. Music can be used as a classroom management tool, particularly smoothing transitions throughout the day. It is also a fun and creative way to engage learners at any age.

Presenters:
Betsy Blachly has been on the faculty at Bank Street College School for Children for over thirty years, teaching infants, children, and graduate students the power and joy of using traditional material in classrooms and homes. Betsy has a special interest in music therapy and teams with the Bank Street Family Center therapists in their sessions with special needs children as well as works at a homeless shelter and with private clients.
Matt Borgmeyer
is a 5th grade math/science teacher at Bank Street College School for Children. He uses guitar and group singing to help build community in his classroom. Matt graduated from Bank Street College Graduate School with a Dual Degree in Middle School Special and General Education.

To register:
Please contact Dara Eisenstein @ deisenstein@bankstreet.edu and provide your name, your school, and the grade you teach. Please also indicate if you are a beginner or intermediate guitar player and if you will bring your own guitar. Participants from the October 2nd workshop are welcome to attend to continue to build upon your skills and to re-connect with other educators. Spaces are limited so registration will occur on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cost:
$10 to defray costs of a light breakfast & midmorning coffee.

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