On February 5-7, I had the enormous pleasure of serving on the faculty of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, PlayUSA workshop. Carnegie Hall’s PlayUSA supports partner organizations across the country that offer instrumental music education programs to low-income and underserved K–12 students. These organizations receive funding, as well as training and professional development for teachers and arts administrators, in addition to guidance from Carnegie Hall staff to help address challenges and build on best practices.
The workshop served as one of the many professional development offerings to partner organizations. The theme was “Empowering Students to Lead” and I offered an interactactive session entitled “Cultivating Successful Teacher-Student Relationships.” I was joined by fellow faculty members Thomas Cabaniss, César Cruz, Margaret Jenks, Dennie Palmer Wolf and Randal Swiggum, along with the wonderful staff of Weill Music Institute.
Even though I was there to share my knowledge, I was lucky enough to also participate in all of the other sessions. The amount of expertise in the room was inspiring and I walked away with an abundance of facts, stories, and teaching techniques to digest. It was an incredible experience to spend that time with everyone involved, as they are all doing powerful and meaningful work in music education throughout the country.
August 29th was the first day of my class at SUNY Purchase, “Trends in Music and Society.” I’m so excited to be a part of Purchase’s newest initiative to incorporate professional development courses into the curriculum. There is so much potential to create an outstanding, critical and supportive course of study in music leadership, and I am beyond thrilled and grateful to be a part of it. Onward, Purchase!
My latest project Diametrically Composed has been awarded a grant from New Music USA! Of the 1229 projects received this past January requesting over 7 million dollars in support, Diametrically Composed is one of 107 chosen for an award. I am floored by this and more pumped than ever!
Stay tuned for updates and follow the project at https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/diametrically-composed/.
I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I will be joining the adjunct faculty at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music! I will teach the course “Trends in Music and Society” and be actively involved in their entrepreneurial coursework. This is such an exciting, new journey in my career and I am humbled to return to my alma mater in this capacity. I look forward to working with the students as we dive into this LOADED and ever-evolving topic.
For years now, Flutronix has been SUPER lucky to have film director Jun Oshima as part of our Flutronix family. He is the man behind our first music video, Sweet Dreams, our live performance video of Life Lines and has invited us to work with his students at the New School for our EPK video. He’s extremely talented and a dear friend who we are privileged to know.
We recently worked with him on our latest video project for Flock. There was a little Gang Starr influence (see photos), disco dresses, double exposure fun, spinning and more. Jun developed a great concept for Flock and we can’t wait to share the final product with you, stay tuned!