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Time:

Thursday
December, 19, 2024
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

Location:

W185

Clinician(s)

Jennifer Theilacker

Jennifer Theilacker

Leah Elaine Hanley

Leah Elaine Hanley

Khristine Raymond Raymond

Khristine Raymond Raymond

Bernard Long Jr.

Bernard Long Jr.

Teaching in the Trenches: Why Urban Schools Need You & Why It’s Worth It

Clinic Synopsis:

Teaching music in urban schools has many challenges, but great rewards. As music educators, we are uniquely positioned to make a life-changing difference for historically disadvantaged students. Discover how your passion and expertise in a Title 1 school can bring social justice to students and great fulfillment for you.

Jennifer Theilacker - Biographical Information

Jennifer A. Theilacker is a seasoned music educator and conductor with over twenty years of experience. She currently serves as the Director of Music at KIPP: Infinity Middle School in Harlem, New York, and has held various positions in music education, including Associate Conductor of the Manhattan Wind Ensemble and director of music programs at Title 1 schools in New York City. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Millersville University and a Master of Music in Music Education from Central Washington University. She has contributed to Jazz at Lincoln Center's Middle School Jazz Band Program and has conducted high school musicians in Europe with American Music Abroad. Jennifer is the 2023 Eastern Division Honoree for the Dr. William P. Foster Community Development Award and the first teacher in New York State to be named a Force for Health Hero by the Force for Health Network. She is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and a founding charter member of the Association of Black Women Band Directors, where she serves as financial secretary. Jennifer has presented at national and international music conferences and is a recipient of the Minority Band Directors National Association Meritorious Achievement Award.

Leah Elaine Hanley - Biographical Information

Leah Elaine Hanley is passionate about delivering high quality orchestra education in urban schools. She has been teaching strings, general music and music technology in the Bronx since 2006 and is the founding director of the M.S. 180 Orchestra Program and the Salute to Music Bronx-Wide Orchestra. As a fervent supporter of early-career teachers and professional development, Leah has served as the Lead Mentor for the Paul Simon Fellows program, a Facilitator for the City-wide Music Professional Development series, and a Connected Arts Network Facilitator for NAfME and in the Bronx. She is also a builder/designer of asynchronous courses and online professional development offered to music teachers within the NYC Public Schools. Additionally, Leah has mentored teachers and designed professional development sessions for Education Through Music in N.Y., L.A., the Bay Area, and Boston. Leah is particularly interested in how technology can help music educators differentiate instruction in ensembles, particularly when students come from diverse backgrounds with a wide variety of experiences in their music education. Her aim is always to provide students with the opportunity to pursue their musical goals to the highest level, regardless of their history or circumstance. Mrs. Hanley holds a B.M. in Violin Performance and Music Education from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Arts in Music Education from Columbia University, Teacher’s College, and is certified in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk.

Khristine Raymond Raymond - Biographical Information

Khristine Raymond, a native of New York, is a middle school music educator and an esteemed cellist. Coming from a family of educators and musicians, she absorbed their wisdom and experiences, shaping her understanding of the transformative power of music and the importance of imparting knowledge. Currently, Khristine teaches both general music and beginner orchestra while also overseeing the arts program at an arts-based middle school in Brooklyn. She thrives on inspiring young minds and fostering their artistic growth. By nurturing their talents and encouraging creative expression, Khristine strives to instill in her students the same passion and love for music that has guided her own journey. Her innovative teaching methods and infectious enthusiasm create a dynamic and supportive learning environment for all students. Beyond her teaching responsibilities, Khristine actively contributes to the education community, sharing her expertise and mentoring fellow music educators. Her commitment to excellence in education has garnered her prestigious recognition, as she is the proud recipient of the 2023 Big Apple Educators Award. This prestigious honor not only celebrates her dedication as an educator but also recognizes her unwavering commitment to enriching the lives of her students through music.

Bernard Long Jr. - Biographical Information

Bernard’s love and feel for music was introduced to him from his father the Late Bernard Long, Sr. Bernard Jr. graduated with his B.M. in Jazz Studies May 2009 from Northern Illinois University under the leadership of Professor Ron Carter. Bernard, Jr. performed in the world renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble touring with greats like Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Rodney Whitaker, and Peter Erskine. Bernard Jr. graduated from Michigan State University May 2012 with his M.M. in Jazz Studies. At MSU Bernard, Jr. directed the MSU Jazz Orchestra 3, and performed with the MSU Jazz Orchestra 1. (Be-Bop Spartans) Bernard, Jr. graduated from Lindenwood University May 2016 with his MAT in Music Education, and with his Ed.S. in School Administration December 2018. Bernard, Jr. is an Adjunct Professor of Jazz drum set at Lindenwood University. Bernard Jr. is the band director at Madison Jr/Sr High School in Madison, IL. Bernard is on the St. Louis Civic Orchestra board. Bernard Jr is a 2018 honoree of the Salute to Excellence in Education class sponsored by the St. Louis American Foundation. Bernard was selected as the 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year in the Madison CUSD#12. Bernard was a 2023 Illinois Teacher of the year Nominee by the Illinois State Board of Education. Bernard is active in the Percussive Arts Society Education and Diversity committee. Bernard, Jr. is the percussionist for The St. Louis Black Repertory Theater, the St. Louis MUNY, The Jazz St.Louis Big Band and the National Tour of Antigone in Ferguson. Bernard, Jr. is a Zildjian Cymbals and Vic Firth Education Artist.

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