the faculty

Dr. Pogonowski is in her 20th year at Teachers College. Among her teaching responsibilities are courses in musical creativity and problem solving, comprehensive musicianship, and interdisciplinary studies that relate to the work of the Creative Arts Laboratory (CAL). Throughout her career, she has appeared as a clinician for Professional Development Workshops nationally and abroad. She is the first person in her field to define metacognition as a dimension of musical thinking .

She has written numerous articles and chapters on issues of teaching and learning music. Recently published is an article "Manhattanville Music Curriculum Project: A Personal Retrospective" which appears in the July 2001 Music Educators Journal. Dr. Pogonowski contributed a chapter titled "Contextual Teaching and Learning in Music" published in 2002 by the Music Educators National Conference in a book entitled Dimensions of Musical Thinking in Learning and Teaching edited by Eunice Boardman, former director of the Graduate Program in Music Education at the University of Illinois.

She has served on the editorial boards of the Music Educators Journal and General Music Today. Dr. Pogonowski was national chair of the Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) in Creativity for eight years. In addition to her responsibilities as a full-time faculty member, Dr Pogonowski provides artistic and educational leadership for CAL, teaching 20-30 workshops per year for arts specialists and classroom teachers who participate in CAL.

Ms. LaRue holds an M.A. in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College Columbia University. She has been on the faculty of the Teachers College Creative Arts Laboratory since 1995, working with educators and K-12 students in New York City Public Schools to integrate the arts with the core curriculum. Ms. LaRue finds that by giving students opportunities to explore or examine subjects through their kinesthetic and sensory modalities they become more invested in their studies. Kim LaRue's background includes performance and choreography for numerous musical theater productions, character roles in ballet productions, improvisational performance projects in museums, galleries, and out-of-doors, and commercial choreography for special events in Texas and New York. She has taught dance workshops in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Connecticut, and Europe. Ms. LaRue teaches at Steps on Broadway and is on the faculty of the professional division at the Ailey School working with Fordham University/B.F.A. students and New School/M.F.A. students from The Actors Studio. Kim LaRue is the owner/director of the Bridge for Dance Studios on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The Bridge offers a wide variety of dance classes for both children and adults. She also produces the Uptown Performance Series, a venue for choreographers and dancers. Her company, Contemporary Rhythms/Jazz-Tap Ensemble has performed at many events in the New York City Area. Bridge for Dance (

Tom Slot (Theatre Arts) Mr. Slot is a New York based Actor, Musician, and Teaching Artist. He holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University and a MA in Education from Loyola University. As a stage actor he has appeared in numerous productions over the years from regional theater to Off-Off Broadway productions. He has toured internationally, most recently as Sebestian in The Tempest in Germany and Nikos in Big Love in the Czech Republic. He has appeared in several films, including 2010 Suicide Kids and Disney's Step Up. As a musician, Tom Slot has toured the East Coast with various musical acts opening for national recording artists like The Getaway People. He has composed several musicals for adults and children. His most recent work, the rock opera The Father Of Songs, premiered in New York in 2009. He has also composed for film and stage. Mr. Slot also currently teaches at Queens College. For more information on any of Tom Slot's work please visit

Dr. Jessica Slotwinski (Videography) holds an Ed.D. in Music Education from Teachers College, an MA in Music Education from Hofstra University, and a BA in Music from Loyola University. Jessica is a full-time middle school music teacher in New York whose classroom is consistently infused with various forms of both music and general technology. Jessica¹s doctoral work and interests include the intersections of technology, education, and the arts, and she has presented at national and international conferences about technology, education, and teacher preparation. Jessica has been with the CAL program since 2006 and works with the CAL students on videography and video editing as an art form and tool for capturing, enhancing, and documenting learning experiences in the arts.