Music and Art Staff Spread Knowledge

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The faculty and staff in the music and art departments continue to shape the talents of students while also sharing their knowledge and ideas for teachers and students across the region and state through various professional presentations.

East Meadow was well represented during the Balanced Mind Conference on November 6 at Molloy College with four different individual presentations. W.T. Clarke High School and Middle School music chairperson Jessica Shenker was among the presenters, with a workshop titled “Sound and Sight: Engaging 21st Century Performers and Audiences.” Mrs. Shenker’s discussion centered around ways that professional performing ensembles have included visual presentations. 

W.T. Clarke High School and Middle School music teacher Molly Ingoglia, W.T. Clarke High School music teacher Gregory Krajci and Barnum Woods music teacher Meegan Coleman also presented at Molloy. Each held a workshop with K-12 educators to explore, brainstorm and share ideas regarding various musical topics.

Most recently, East Meadow High School music teacher Zachary Robason held a workshop at the NYSSMA Winter Conference during the weekend of November 29. His workshop, titled “Auxiliary Percussion – Tips and Tricks,” focused on techniques for non-percussionist band directors.

District art teachers are also scheduled to share their knowledge through professional workshops in the coming months. Art teacher Sonya Back will present on “Zenful Zentangles” on January 9 at Woodland Middle School for the Art Supervisors Association. The presentation explores the meditative nature of Zentangles, with participants learning how to create their own design.

Also part of the Art Supervisors Association, art teacher Danielle Sessa will host educators from Nassau County at W.T. Clarke Middle School on March 29 for a “Garden Art” workshop that includes a combination of Mixed Media art techniques and ideas for the art classroom.

“We are always thrilled to share ideas and experiences from East Meadow with surrounding schools and districts,” said District Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “These opportunities are a way to show the great things that happen daily in our district thanks to our extraordinary educators.”