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Performing Arts Series
Since 2008, the Teachers College Performing Arts Series (PAS) has brought more than 7,000 children and their teachers from 35 Harlem schools onto campus to see children’s opera, theater, music, and dance. The goal of the series is to expose K-12 students to high-quality live performances that will stimulate their minds, enhance their cultural knowledge, and excite their emotional engagement in learning. The series presents a repertoire of music and theater that reflects the diversity of the audience and builds creative educational connections for children outside of the traditional academic context. Productions address relevant academic and social topics, such as immigration, social justice, and history.
2018 Performing Arts Series
Ben Rosenblum Trio (Jazz)
On March 27th, the Ben Rosenblum Trio performed for high school students in Milbank Chapel. Students were introduced to different styles, elements, and history of jazz, and were given the opportunity to interact with the performers through a question and answer session. Ben Rosenblum is the founder of the Jazz House at Columbia, a dorm for student jazz musicians at Columbia University to live together, put on concerts, and collaborate on various musical projects.
Discover Opera! Operapunzel
On March 28th, Teachers College welcomed Manhattan School of Music’s Discover Opera! program back to Cowin Auditorium for a performance of their original production Operapunzel. This modern version of the classic tale Rapunzel introduced students to the terms and elements of opera within the setting of a 1970s hair salon. Over 550 elementary school students were in attendance.
Above, Dance Theatre of Harlem Students perform in the Cowin Auditorium.
Highlights from Previous Years
Manhattan School of the Music’s Discover Opera! introduces students to opera through musical performances that combine familiar children’s stories with elements of opera. Performances have included Beauty and the Baritone, The Opera Prince and the Singing Pauper, and Operapunzel.
L'Ensemble du Monde
L’Ensemble du Monde, a group of international musicians led by conductor Marlon Daniel, performed a selection of music by composers of African and Jewish descent, whose heroic struggles changed the fabric of music as we know it in America, and throughout the world. The performance featured American and European composers including William Grant Still, Ivan Fischer, Béla Bartók, and Samuel Barber.
Introduction to Jazz
Manhattan School of Music’s Introduction to Jazz is an interactive show that introduces students to various styles and instruments of jazz, as well as the history of the genre. These engaging performances have children clapping, stomping, and swaying to the music.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Dance Theatre of Harlem introduces students to the world of classical ballet through interactive, educational performances. In years past, the Professional Training Program students engaged the viewers with their personal stories, insights into the art of ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and led an audienceparticipation segment. Students learned that ballet is a universal language for telling stories through movement.
School Based Mental Health Collaboration (SBMHC)
The School Based Mental Health Collaboration (SBMHC), Teachers College, Columbia University, is a comprehensive and developmentally grounded onsite university-school program. Psychological consultants and school stakeholders work as mental health partners to develop a cohesive school-wide social and emotional framework. Learn more.
Reading and Math Buddies
Founded by Dr. Dawn Arno, the Reading and Math Buddies program ran from 2004 through 2010 and served as basis for the establishment of the Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship. It was designed to support the academic development of low-performing students from several elementary schools in Harlem through the placement of TC graduate students in schools, where they worked as literacy and math tutors.
Reading and Math Buddies activities are now an integral part of the Arthur Zankel Urban Fellows program.
Supported by the federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers program administered by the New York State Education Department, Harlem Ivy provided expanded learning opportunities to students in Harlem from 2008-2017. Every year, Teachers College and its community-based partners engaged hundreds of students in grades K-12 in STEM, arts, wellness, literacy, and community service activities. Whether they designed video games, prepared healthy food from scratch, built robots, wrote poetry, or explored pressing issues in their community, Harlem Ivy participants enjoyed opportunities to learn beyond the classroom and expand their horizons.
Commmunity-based organizations that participated in Harlem Ivy included: Harlem Dowling Westside Center, Harlem Children Zone, Urban Arts Partnership, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Tribeca Film Institute, YWCA, College Summit, Young Audiences New York, Urban Yoga Foundation, Ivy Child International, NYChess Kids, enACT, Young Harlem Inc., Community Word Project, New York City Mission Society, Children's Arts & Science Workshops, ExpandED Schools (formerly The After School Corporation), and Youth Studies, Inc.
Harlem Ivy activities are now an integral part of REACH (Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem) programming.
Harlem Schools Partnership for STEM Education
The Harlem Schools Partnership (HSP) for STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), 2009-2013, was a collaborative effort of Teachers College (TC) and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Columbia University in association with the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), and with support from the General Electric Foundation. The mission of HSP was to improve STEM education by helping schools create rich environments for STEM teaching and learning.
This was accomplished through professional development that strengthened curriculum, increased teacher knowledge of STEM content and teaching practices, diversified assessment of student learning, and ensured that English Language Learners were successful in STEM. HSP schools became models for STEM teaching and learning, and participating teachers became leaders and mentors for others at their schools and in the Department of Education.
Harlem School Partnership activities are now an integral part of REACH (Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem) programming.