The art of teaching runs deep in MJ’s family. Her mother was a classical piano teacher. One close aunt, with whom she spent a lot of time, taught the first grade for half a century. Another aunt worked with students with special needs. MJ is proud to carry on the family tradition.
TEACHING ARTIST, ArtsWestchester, www.artswestchester.org.
Spring 2011, Di Chiaro School, Yonkers NY – 15 week residency in jazz, classical, and world music for first grade
Fall 2011, Di Chiaro School, Yonjkers, NY – 8-week residency in early childhood music and movement for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classes; jazz and world music for first grade
Spring 2012, Sacred Heart Early Learning Center, Mt. Vernon NY – 8 week-residency in early childhood music and movement
For vocalists, especially classical, pop, or rock singers: jazz repertoire, rhythms, and improvisation
EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC AND MOVEMENT for preschools and early childhood centers
(In collaboration with Grammy-nominated vocalist, Janet Lawson) This interactive workshop can be adapted for children of all abilities, ages 3 through high school. Jazz Journey traces the roots and evolution of jazz by giving students the opportunity to participate in the artistic elements of jazz: improvisation, call and response, the Blues, riffs, scat, and more. http://www.janetlawsonscats.com.
MAKING WORDS MATTER
For vocalists: understanding the techniques of the lyricists of the Great American Songbook to improve phrasing, expression, and emotional content.
PUBLIC SPEAKING/EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC ADVOCATE
MJ is an experienced speaker on the joys and benefits of music in early childhood, particularly for children in need and children with special needs. She is available to address preschool educators, education students, policy makers, and the general public.