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Arts for All: Professional Development Workshop for Music & Dance Educators

Sat Feb 3rd, 2018 - 02:00PM

This interactive session explores strategies for developing K-5 music and dance curricula that inspire supportive classroom communities and enable students of all abilities to work cooperatively on in-depth units of discovery in inclusive classrooms.

2-4 pm — Dance educators work with master dance teacher Judith Nelson to develop tools for teaching creative dance, modern and ballet to children of all abilities in K-5 classroom and studio settings.

2-4 pm — Music educators work with curriculum developer Sheri Gottlieb to explore strategies for teaching music to children of all abilities in K-5 classroom and settings. Participants will learn how to adjust their lessons to better engage with all students in a variety of learning environments.

4-6 pm — Dance and music educators come together to discuss challenges that they face in their respective classrooms and have the chance to workshop their own music and dance curricula.

Sat, Feb 3, 2-6pm
Tickets from $90
Location: 92Y Harkness Dance Center

NYC DOE teachers receive a 50% discount!

Please direct all inquiries to or call 212.415.5748.
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Judith Nelson is a master teacher of dance for children with over 35 years of experience in studios, public schools and higher education. She danced with the Jose Limon Dance Company, the David Gordon Pick-Up Company and toured the US and Europe as a solo dance artist and in musical theatre. Judith’s extensive work with children's dance includes numerous inclusive Pre-K-12 residencies across the country, including the Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) program in NYC’s Special Ed District 75. A senior faculty member at the Mark Morris Dance School in Brooklyn, she teaches creative dance, modern and ballet for children of all ages and abilities, as well as outreach classes for preschoolers with vision impairment at the Helen Keller School, and children with autism at the Manhattan Behavioral Center. An expert in the BrainDance, she has worked closely for many years with its creator, renowned author and dance educator Anne Green Gilbert. Judith is the dance education supervisor at Hofstra University, mentoring students in their teaching practicum.

Sheri Gottlieb is Associate Director of the Music Partners Program at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. She serves as mentor and curriculum developer and offers a regular series of Seminar/Workshops through the Conservatory designed for music educators and classroom teachers. Her teaching career has given her opportunities to work with diverse populations in public and private schools, Head Start programs and Community Music Schools. Sheri is currently working on a project with the DOE, creating and teaching early childhood music materials for UPK teachers and leaders. Her extensive experience as a clinician includes seminars and training for MENC, NYSAIS, NYCCAOSA, NYC Arts In Education Roundtable and Chinatown Planning Council. She is Past President of the NYC Chapter AOSA and has served on the board of NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. Sheri is co-author of Melodic Weavings – A Soprano Recorder Approach for Teachers. Her article on Music and Urban Education can be found in the Fall 2016 edition of the Orff Echo.

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