Little Kids Rock- Opportunity for Internship!

Little Kids Rock
Program Services Internship – Fall 2016

Organization Overview:
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to unlocking children’s inner music-makers by revitalizing music education programming in public schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum and donates all of the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music. Little Kids Rock started in 2002 as a schoolteacher’s vision to give his students access to music education that is relevant to them while diminishing budgets for the arts made that more and more difficult to do. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that is bringing free, weekly music lessons to nearly 200,000 public school children due to the efforts of nearly 1,500 teachers nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 400,000 students. More info at

At the heart of Little Kids Rock’s program are its beliefs that everyone, young and old, can learn and love to create music and that the experience of learning to play a musical instrument can be transformative. Through partnerships with school districts, Little Kids Rock is able to train teachers to run its innovative and engaging Modern Band curriculum, which is built around the popular music genres that are culturally relevant to kids K-12. Little Kids Rock also supplies these teachers with the instruments and curricular support they need to establish scalable and sustainable music programs that inspire underprivileged young people and support their self-expression, self-confidence, and creativity.

Program Services Intern

We are looking for a motivated and energetic individual to assist the Little Kids Rock program team with daily tasks. This is a great opportunity for a college student to learn what goes into the operation of a growing and leading music education nonprofit. This will be approximately 10-15 hours per week position with a flexible schedule. This internship is unpaid but the experience will be extremely valuable! We would be willing to working with your college for course credit as well.

Responsibilities Will Include:
-Assist the program staff with teacher customer service, i.e. responding to phone and email inquiries
-Archive program email and mail communications
-Monitor and update teacher online networking groups
-Assemble and ship teacher materials requests
-Occasional data entry and clean up

Required Skills:
– Organized and with great attention to detail
-Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Gmail
– Positive “can-do” attitude and team player
-Experience with data entry beneficial
-Prior customer service experience preferred
-Interest in music education greatly encouraged

To Apply:
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter to Lauren at Please indicate “Program Services Intern” in the subject line. Position open until filled.

Little Kids Rock is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment, and encourages all individuals to apply, irrespective of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.


Know The Score: Rehearsal Techniques for Children’s Choirs



Know The Score: Rehearsal Techniques for Children’s Choirs Presented by Deborah Mello
This session will focus on how to introduce a new piece and what will need to be done in successive rehearsals to provide a maximum understanding of the music in terms of music literacy and vocal pedagogy.

Registration Fee: $15

Location: Montclair State University – Cali School of Music, Room G55
1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043
Parking available n the Red Hawk Deck (2 minute walk from the cali school)
Parking fee: $5.75 for 2-4 hour parking

Check out the event on Facebook to REGISTER!

Cali School Social Night Next Friday 9/23!


Come hang out and have some fun to kick off the new year! There will be games, SNACKS, some pretty cool people, laughs and fun!
This is a BYO stuff event! If everyone brings something (games, food, drinks, etc) it should be a really fun time! See you there!

Check out the event on Facebook!


A Message from Dr. D! Teaching Opportunity for String Players!

String Teachers Needed

We are establishing a partnership with the arts magnet school in Passaic. There are 10 students (violin, viola, cello, bass) who will attend the string practicum at 12:00 on Fridays and then have an applied lesson after that – probably around 1:00.

I need string players to teach these seventh and eighth grade students every 2 weeks starting October 7th.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with urban students who only have instruction in school. They are kind, appreciative, and grateful for any help you can give them.

For more details: See Dr. D. (Wednesdays and Fridays) or email at

I need to know whether you can help by September 21st.

September Cali Column – “3 Values of Music Education” by Dr. Marissa Silverman

Welcome to the first installment of our new series of blog posts, the Cali Column! Each month, we will feature a different Cali professor’s writing about an important issue in music education! This month, we have Dr. Silverman’s “3 Values of Music Education.” Enjoy!

3 values of music education by Marissa Silverman

The other day, a colleague said: “Music isn’t fun. It’s hard work, dedication, and challenging. Fun is riding a rollercoaster. Music is a rewarding achievement.” This caused me to think about the “whys” (or values) of music education.

Just as there are hundreds upon hundreds of musics around the world, there are as many “whys” of musics. And because music education depends, partly, on the natures and values of musics, it stands to reason that there are hundreds upon hundreds of values of music education.

I will not pretend to know each and every value. Nor will I pretend to have experienced them all. Still, part of the joy of music education is experiencing known and unknown values.  Even better: to experience values never deemed possible.

Here are 3 values. They aren’t the best nor the most comprehensive. Still, they’re part of why I engage in music education.

  1. Musical understanding. A key value of music education is musical understanding. What does this mean? Briefly, musical understanding is experiencing and expressing oneself through music. This understanding depends upon many factors—too numerous to mention here. When I experience and express myself through music—when I compose a pop song, perform in a large ensemble, or dance Gahu—I gain a sense of self-knowledge (and self-other knowledge), self-growth (and self-other growth), and self-esteem I couldn’t gain otherwise. Why? When musical challenges meet (or slightly enhance) my abilities, I experience flow (also known as optimal experience). “Flow” describes a kind of experience that’s so engaging that it’s worth doing for the doing itself. The arts and sports are typical sources of flow. What sets musics apart from all other sources of flow and self-other understandings is the unique materials and requirements of musics, namely sonic-musical events created and shared by and for others at specific times and places.
  1. Community. Related to self-other understanding, a key value of music education is community. Music making connects me to those I engage with musically. There are a number of reasons for this. First, music making can be emotionally engaging/arousing. When I’m emotionally engaged, I’m likely to connect with those who are part of this emotional engagement. Also, I become in-sync with others. And being in-sync connects me to others I wouldn’t otherwise be connected with/to. Relationships form because of musical experiences, and a community is born. With that comes trust, care, commitment, fellowship, well-being, and so on. The value of community yields exponential dividends. However, this isn’t the only kind of community that music education yields. By engaging with musics written by and for others—for example, Mahler’s 1st Symphony, the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Snow (Hey, Oh),” “Siyahamba,” or Ellington’s Black, Brown, and Beige—I can connect to people, places, and times far removed from my own here and now. That kind of time/space travel and communality is greatly rewarding.
  1. Happiness. A key value of music education is happiness, or, stated differently, Aristotle’s notion of “human flourishing.” While some people may think that happiness is a “soft” value like “fun,” it’s not. Happiness is the pursuit of a life well lived. Living well isn’t simplistic or easily achieved. When engaged in the teaching-and-learning of music, I’m contributing to my life’s happiness. What more can be said about music education and happiness? I’ll happily get into that in another blog post.

So, what values have you experienced through music education?

Do you have any professors you would like to hear from? Send us an email and let us know!

Long Island Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association

Shared by Dr. Silverman on the MSU NAfME page!

Good Morning Music Educators and Colleagues,
* Are you looking for Professional Development in Music Education this school year?
* Are you a classroom music or choral teacher looking for fresh and pedagogically practical ideas to increase and enhance your creative skills?
* Do you need PD to put toward your required hours?
* Are you looking for graduate or In-Service credits to put toward your lane movement for salary increase?
* Are you a secondary music educator or instrumental director who has recently been reassigned to teach elementary general music or chorus, looking for great resources that will ensure success in the classroom?
* Are you looking for additional artifacts and professional organizations for your year-end APPR portfolio?
If so, please consider joining LIAOSA, the Long Island Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. LIAOSA is a local non-profit organization for music educators. We offer 7 workshops each year, allowing opportunities for you to learn from master teachers, network with local colleagues, and re-invigorate your teaching! We invite you to join us for an experience that will benefit both you and your students.
Package Membership ($90 prior to September 10 / $100 on or after September 10) includes all 7 workshops. You may also attend single workshops for a $25 per workshop fee.
There are many benefits to becoming a package member of LIAOSA, including:
* Admission to all 7 workshops
* Opportunities to apply for a scholarship toward Orff Teacher Education Levels courses offered at Hofstra University each summer
* Access to a comprehensive video library
* Ability to rent mallet and also non-pitched percussion instruments for use in your classroom between workshops
* Workshop Notes and Handouts provided for all workshops – even if you didn’t attend
* Opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from master teachers
* PD and In-Service Hours
* Excellent artifacts for APPR portfolio
Please click the links below for membership and workshop information:
Click here for the 2016-2017 LIAOSA Newsletter
Click here for the 2016-2017 LIAOSA Membership Form
Click here for the 2016-2017 LIAOSA Workshop Descriptions and Clinician Bios
Click Here for LIAOSA Graduate Credit Form
Click here for LIAOSA Instrument Lending Form
Click here for Hofstra NAB Map for LIAOSA Workshops
LIAOSA 2016-2017 Saturday Workshops
Hofstra University
September 10, 2016
Jeff Rhone
“Lost and Hidden Meanings in Children’s Folksongs”
September 24, 2016
Cristen Salisbury
“President’s Workshop”
October 15, 2016
Patrick Ware
“Hip Cats and Cool Kids”
December 10, 2016
Sharing Session
“Singing, Saying, Dancing, Playing”
March 25, 2017
Joshua Block
“Movement as a Basis for Musical Composition”
April 1, 2017
Richard Lawton
“Get Your Orff Groove On!”
May 6, 2017
Connie Colwell
“Inclusive Orff-Schulwerk for Every Child”
For detailed workshop descriptions, please click the link below:
Click here for the 2016-2017 LIAOSA Workshop Descriptions and Bios
Hofstra Movement Orff 1
♫ All 7 workshops are included in a package membership.
♫ Newcomers and people with Orff-Schulwerk experience are welcome!
♫ Workshops may be taken for In-Service or graduate credit.
♫ For more information, call Christina Schaefer, LIAOSA Vice-President at 631-848-7958
♫ Visit the LIAOSA website at: