2008-10-31 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

RMAC Sponsored Music Memory Program

Workshop participants with Bernice Meyers (extreme right), RMAC Music Memory coordinator. Workshop participants with Bernice Meyers (extreme right), RMAC Music Memory coordinator. The Rockaway Music and Arts Council sponsored a Riverside Symphony Music Memory Program workshop on Thursday, October 16 at West End Temple. The workshop, conducted by master-teacher Paula Bing, was under the supervision of Managing Director Joan Sher.

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council has been sponsoring the Riverside Symphony's Music Memory Program for local schools at no cost. The program, designed for grades three through six, "teaches children how to listen and respond to music critically and intelligently." The program includes creative presentations and positive motivations specifically designed to enhance the development of students' social skills as well as their self-esteem and intellectual capacity.

Music Memory was launched in 1999 and has served more than 7,000 children in local schools. In 2001 RMAC president, Barbara Eisenstadt, an advocate for the arts, was instrumental in bringing this program to Rockaway's children through the auspices of RMAC.

Using a "map" to illustrate Rossini's "William Tell Overture." Using a "map" to illustrate Rossini's "William Tell Overture." Last spring the Riverside Symphony held its 9th Annual Music Memory Citywide Finals at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Students from PS 47, 104, 106 and 114 participated in the competition where students had to identify the music and composers that were presented. PS 114 took first place. All schools are invited to participate in the Music Memory Program. For information, call RMAC at 718-474-6760.

Paula Bing, master-teacher, is following a music selection by pointing out various illustrations which represent individual notes of music. Paula Bing, master-teacher, is following a music selection by pointing out various illustrations which represent individual notes of music. One workshop member (standing) uses a "map" to follow the bass, while the other workshop member follows the melody of a piano selection. One workshop member (standing) uses a "map" to follow the bass, while the other workshop member follows the melody of a piano selection. Shown in a photo from the 9th Annual Memory Citywide Competition, May 28, 2008. Shown in a photo from the 9th Annual Memory Citywide Competition, May 28, 2008.

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