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Teaching Artist of the Week: Isabel Lepanto Gleicher ’14 MM

Not all teaching artists can say that they have experienced both sides of the student/teaching artist relationship. But Isabel Lepanto Gleicher ’14 MM says it’s the reason she plays flute today: “My very first private teacher was a teaching artist. That’s how I started the flute. She played flute professionally, and I wanted to play the flute. So my parents approached her, and she became my private teacher.”

TA_Izzy GleicherIsabel now teaches over a dozen students in private and group lessons at Mauro-Sheridan School and Co-Op High School throughout the week, as well as leading flute instruction for the All-City Honors Band on Saturdays. This past summer, she had her first experience teaching young students in the Morse Summer Music Academy: “Before, I’d only ever really taught private lessons to high school students or older. But at Morse, from the very first day I was surrounded by almost a hundred kids, and many of them were my responsibility in different ways. So it was challenging in the sense that my learning curve had to be really steep. By week two I was completely comfortable in doing everything that I needed to do, and I felt like I had a really good relationship with the kids.”

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Published April 4, 2014
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Teaching Artist of the Week: Ian Tuski ’15 MM

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Regular classes at Fair Haven Middle School end at 3:00 pm every weekday. But on Tuesdays and Thursdays, seven students get to stay an extra hour for group guitar classes taught by Ian Tuski ’15 MM.

Tuski, a first-year student at YSM, has several years of experience teaching guitar in private lessons at the Wauwatosa School of Music in Wauwatosa, WI. However, this experience with the Music in Schools Initiative is the first time he’s taught both in a group setting and in a public school. About the program, he says, “most students don’t need much convincing to come learn guitar due it being such a popular instrument. The challenge comes with so many students thinking guitar is only a part of popular music.”

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Published March 18, 2014
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Morse Summer Music Academy 2013 students perform winter concert

IMG_7841 (1)On Friday, Jan 31, New Haven Public School students, their families, and YSM Teaching Artists from the 2013 Morse Summer Music Academy reunited on the Yale campus for a concert and workshop. Also in attendance were the benefactors of the program, Mrs. and Mr. Lester Morse ’51 BA, who were very happy to see the students’ continued work.

The concert, formatted much like the semiweekly Morse Academy concerts, featured students giving a brief speech about their selection before playing, and receiving a short onstage coaching by a teaching artist afterward. Ensemble performances included a flute trio, a clarinet quartet, a brass quintet, and a string quartet. The four high school seniors attending — Katherine Roque, Jocelyn Hernandez, Jesus Cortes, and Richard Romero, who have all been in MISI programs for many years and are now applying to college Music Education programs — also gave moving solo performances, as well as updates on their college applications. MORE

Published February 24, 2014
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Teaching Artist of the Week: Matheus Garcia Souza ’14 MM

TA_Matheus Garcia-SouzaThis week we feature one of our busiest Teaching Artists, Matheus Garcia-Souza ’14 MM. Originally from Londrina, Brazil, Matheus started teaching during his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri, with students from the ages of 6 to 50.

In his second year of teaching in New Haven, Matheus now has about 40 young students total. Not only does he teach 15 beginner string students at Lincoln-Bassett Elementary School, but on Saturday he directs the All-City Honors Orchestra, with about 25 students of all levels. In the summer of 2013, he also directed the String Orchestra of the Morse Summer Music Academy.

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Published February 18, 2014
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All-City Honors Band joins Yale Concert Band in Feb. 14 concert

Music in Schools - All City Honors Ensemble - 4This Friday, February 14, 28 student musicians from the New Haven Public Schools will join the Yale Concert Band on stage in Woolsey Hall, as part of a collaboration between the All-City Honors Band and Yale Concert Band, Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director.

Together the two ensembles will play Leonard Bernstein’s “Mambo” from West Side Story, conducted by Rubén Rodríguez, Lead Teacher, Music in Schools Initiative.

Duffy, also co-founder of the All-City Honors Band in 2011, often guest-conducts the ensemble. When current director Rodríguez brought students and their families to attend a Yale Concert Band concert and reception in November 2013, Duffy openly invited them to play alongside his ensemble on the next concert.

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Published February 13, 2014
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Meet Your Teaching Artist of the Week: Andrea Beyer ’15 MM

TA_Andrea BeyerThis week’s featured Teaching Artist, Andrea Beyer ’15 MM, is a well-traveled student and experienced instructor. Before entering the Yale School of Music this year, she traveled with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), teaching young bass students in Chile and Mexico. Coming to YSM, she says she was happy to find similar opportunities with the Music in Schools Initiative: “I have always enjoyed teaching, and found the outreach work I did through YOA extremely rewarding, so I was very excited when I learned about MISI. While in the Global Leaders program, I grew a lot as a teacher, so I was eager to have a chance to further that and apply all that I learned to my new community in New Haven.”

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Published February 7, 2014
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Meet the Teaching Artists of the Week: Patrick Jankowski ’15 MMA, Jonathan Slade ’15 AD

This year, over 50 Yale School of Music students—about 25% of the YSM student body—are working as Teaching Artists in schools through the Music in Schools Initiative. But what is a Teaching Artist?

The Teaching Artist program is the in-school component of the Music in Schools Initiative, an ongoing partnership between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, with funding from the Yale College Class of 1957. During the academic year, the Music in Schools Initiative places Teaching Artists in more than 30 public schools throughout New Haven. By our definition, Teaching Artists are YSM students trained to complement the work of full-time NHPS music teachers. They teach sectionals, ensembles, private lessons, and other activities depending on the needs of the school to which they are assigned.

After he matches Teaching Artists to their schools at the beginning of the year, Rubén Rodríguez, Lead Teacher of the Music in Schools Initiative, regularly visits and observes (and occasionally photographs) them at work. Based on his observations, we will be featuring 1–2 of our Teaching Artists each week and sharing some of their experiences.

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Published January 9, 2014
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All-City Honors Ensembles conclude first fall session

Music in Schools - All City Honors Ensemble - 1The All-City Honors Ensembles are a program of the Music in Schools Initiative, a partnership between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools. With weekly rehearsals led by a combination of NHPS music teachers, Yale Teaching Artists, and special guests, the Ensembles provide the best young musicians in New Haven with high level ensemble experience in Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.

This year’s All-City Honors Ensembles are more prolific than ever.

Before this year, the All-City Honors Ensembles all rehearsed once every Saturday throughout the spring semester, starting in the third week of January and ending with a final concert in May. This year, the program expanded to last the entire school year, starting in October. This Saturday will be the sixth and final rehearsal of their first fall semester.

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Published December 13, 2013
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Three NHPS students receive new instruments from Music in Schools Initiative

This summer, during a Morse Summer Music Academy concert, the Music in Schools Initiative awarded three students with brand-new instruments in honor of their hard work and dedication to the program. The instruments were paid for by the newly-established John Miller Instrument Fund.

2013 Morse Academy, John Miller Instrument Fund

The three students who received instruments this year are all from Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven:

Katherine Roque, flute
Jocelyn Hernandez, clarinet
Jesús Cortés, clarinet

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Published November 20, 2013
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