USDAN Center to Present Four-Day Summer Workshops for Music Educators
April 5, 2013
“FINALE: A VIBRANT TOOL FOR TODAY’S MUSIC EDUCATORS” JULY 8-11 and JULY 15-18 TAUGHT BY DAVID DOLGON, CERTIFIED FINALE CLINICIAN
(Long Island, NY) Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the nationally renowned summer arts day camp, has long presented unique summer workshops on the latest techniques for arts educators. This summer, Usdan will present “Finale: A Vibrant Tool For Today’s Music Educators.” The workshops will take place from July 8-11 (Monday to Thursday) and again from July 15-18, 2013. Hours are 9 AM to 12 Noon daily at the Center’s 200-acre Long Island campus in Wheatley Heights (Town of Huntington.) Usdan’s workshops will be taught by certified Finale clinician David Dolgon, and they will cover the notation and composition program that is the industry standard in music notation software, enabling composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers to create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores.
Usdan Center, which has introduced the arts, nature and ecology, and chess to more than 60,000 students ages 6 to 18 in its 46- year history, presented the first New York State-wide Music Educator Technology Conference on Long Island. Other workshops have covered “Differentiated Instruction and Rubrics” and “Choral Conducting: Connecting Music and Literacy,” taught by distinguished vocal music educators. The Center has offered dance workshops, including “Vibrant Curricula and Ballet Technique for Jazz Dance Teachers” taught by Usdan’s Dance Chair and former Joffrey Ballet School head, Maurice Brandon Curry. Usdan also originated Long Island’s first Canadian Brass summer workshops, hosting two years of 3-day programs attended by music educators from across the country.
Topics to be covered during this summer’s workshop include the use of Finale for music notation entry, techniques for producing score and parts, the use of Finale in creating original arrangements, generating worksheets, and many more topics. (Full information on the workshop is available at www.usdan.com). A certificate of completion will be provided at the end for in-service credit.
David Dolgon, a clinician for MakeMusic! (creator of Finale), has taught graduate courses for the College of New Rochelle and at Queens College. He has presented staff development workshops for the Nassau Country chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education, and for school districts and county organizations in New York and New Jersey. He taught band and music theory at Syosset High school, and has been a member of Usdan Center’s clarinet faculty.
The fee for this summer’s Finale workshop is $400.00. For registration and more information, write to FinaleWorkshops@usdan.com, or call (212) 772-6060, or visit www.usdan.com.
Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, whose alumni include actors Natalie Portman, Olivia Thirlby and Jackie Hoffman, and singers Jane Monheit and Mariah Carey, is open to all young people from age 6 to 18. No audition is needed for most programs – rather, admission is based on an expression of interest in the arts. Each summer, 1,500 students are transported to the Center in air-conditioned buses each day. One-third of Usdan’s students attend on scholarship. Although the mission of the Center is for every child to establish a relationship with the arts, the unique stimulation of the Center has caused many to go on to arts careers. Alumni include members of Broadway shows and major music, theater, and dance ensembles such as the Boston Pops and the New York City Ballet. In addition to its regular programs, Usdan offers special opportunities for advanced high school- age performing artists in music and dance. Usdan Center is an agency of the UJA-Federation of New York.
For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call (212) 772-6060 or (631) 643-7900, or visit www.usdan.com