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SUBJECT: Music Monday 02.05.24 Hello February

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February 5, 2024
Message from the Reps

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Happy Monday Music Families!

It's February and we are halfway through the school year!

This month we celebrate Black History Month - African Americans and the Arts is this year's theme, the Lunar New Year - it's the Year of the Dragon - and then friendship and love with Valentine's Day, followed by mid-winter break! Time is just moving right along. Spring will be here before you know it, as Punxsawtawney Phil did not see his shadow after his winter nap! 

Get Your Lag Swag

Please stop by our table on February 15th for the All-School Sprit sale in the main lobby, from 2:45-4:30pm. If you ordered merchandise online, all merchandise will be distributed during the sale. This will be the only opportunity for pick-up before the mid-winter break.

Music Studio General Meeting

Join us via Zoom on Monday, February 12th (tentative date) for our monthly music studio general meeting.

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Year of the Dragon

Lunar New Year begins Saturday, February 10th. 

From the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art:

"Lunar New Year is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar. It is the most important holiday in China, and it is also widely celebrated in South Korea, Vietnam, and countries with a significant overseas Chinese population. While the official dates encompassing the holiday vary by culture, those celebrating consider it the time of the year to reunite with immediate and extended family.

Commonly known as the Spring Festival in China, Lunar New Year is a fifteen-day celebration marked by many traditions. At home, families decorate windows with red paper cuttings and adorn doors with couplets expressing auspicious wishes for the new year. Shopping for holiday sundries in open-air markets and cleaning the house are also beloved traditions. The Lunar New Year’s Eve reunion dinner is the highlight that kicks off the holiday, a feast with a spread of symbolic dishes, such as a whole fish representing abundance, that bring good luck and fortune. The fifteenth and final day of the holiday is the Lantern Festival, during which people have tangyuan, or sweet glutinous rice balls, and children carry lanterns around the neighborhood at night to mark the end of the celebration.

In the Chinese zodiac, 2024 is the year of the dragon. Different regions across Asia celebrate Lunar New year in many ways and may follow a different zodiac. We also acknowledge that many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders do not observe the Chinese/lunar zodiac."

Listen to Chinese Music for the Lunar New Year Here

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2024: African Americans and the Arts

A Little History...

In 1926 Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, established Negro History Week on February 7th. This week was specifically chosen because it covered the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and Frederick Douglas (February 14th). Carter G. Woodson recognized the importance of establishing a theme to bring attention to the contributions and important developments of African Americans in the United States. In 1976, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History recommended that Negro History Week become a month-long celebration and changed the name to Black History Month. Since that time, every US President has issued proclamations recognizing Black History Month and the theme set forth by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

African Americans and the Arts

"African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans." ~ASALH

Lend Me Your Ear...

African Americans have made indelible contributions to the world of music and just for fun, here is part one of a curated playlist featuring just a few musical icons for your listening pleasure. Who knows, maybe you'll discover something new. Look for part two in next week's newsletter. Enjoy!

As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts, so if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to us either in the WhatsApp Chat or via email: or

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Black Student Union


Teacher Spotlight
Dr. Daryl Jordan featured in Gospel: Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

From the Yellowsheet: 1.26.24

"As we enter Black History Month and share the amazing contributions of African Americans and African American culture to the American tapestry, Our own Vocal music instructor Dr. Darryl Jordan will be featured as researcher in an upcoming documentary titled GOSPEL by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of "Finding Your Roots" and "Black Church" documentary fame and party to the infamous "Beer Summit" called by President Obama with him and Sgt. James Crowley who brutally and falsely arrested him, has a new docu-series titled, GOSPEL. Here is a description below:

Dig deep into the origin story of Black gospel music, coming out of slavery, blending with the blues tradition, and soaring to new heights during the Great Migration. From Mahalia to Kirk Franklin, in the last century, gospel music has become the dominant form of African American religious expression and provided a soundtrack of healing and uplift to those at the front lines of protest and change.

The documentary will air February 12 & 13 on PBS and a special companion gospel concert on February 9.  This documentary cuts across all our understanding of American culture and the powerful ways we continue to forge paths of justice and equity. It is truly a must-see event!"

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

Welcome to February! 

We are one week into the Spring semester and soon we'll be on mid-winter break.  Stay tuned for updates coming soon and please make sure you stay informed by reading all of the correspondence we send out to families. It's really the best way to stay abreast of the many opportunities that are available to students and what's coming down the pipeline.

Below are a couple of reminders about summer programming outside of LaGuardia. Remember to sign up soon if you're interested in an opportunity, as some deadlines have already passed and others are quickly approaching:

Interlochen Arts Camp

LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts share the goal of making the world a better place through arts education. I am thrilled to announce the continued partnership between our world class institutions, culminating in an opportunity for our students to be awarded scholarships to attend Interlochen Arts Camp this summer.

The following digital materials are available to learn more about Interlochen Arts Camp:  

Camp Factsheet

Camp Program Guide

Camp Viewbook

If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application process, please contact

Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) boasts a remarkable roster of internationally recognized faculty and guest artists. Students also have various opportunities to meet and work with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as attend master classes given by artists and instructors engaged by the Tanglewood Music Center. 

As you begin planning for the summer please also know that we plan to continue our LaGuardia Summer Arts program (pending NYCDOE funding), and our partnership with Mostly Mozart for their instrumental music summer program at Lincoln Center.  I will share more information about these programs this winter.


  • In order to perform at LaGuardia, students must complete the DOE media release.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions or concerns.

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music and Special Education

Don't Forget!

February 9 - Fiorello Friday featuring Gospel Choir

February 9 - BSU Showcase, 6pm, Little Flower Theater - purchase tickets here

February 12 - Music Studio General Meeting via Zoom,7:30pm (tentative date)

February 15 - All-School LaG Swag Sale, 2:45-4:30pm, main lobby

February 16 - Fiorello Friday featuring BSU

Calling All Volunteers
Help Sell LaG Swag!

Hey there!

Do you have some free time that you'd like to donate? No problem, we've got just the opportunity for you!

Come help out on February 15th for the All-School Spirit Sale, from 12:30 to 4:30pm to help us set-up, sell and clean-up Music Studio merchandise. Interested? Shoot an email to

Music Studio Funding Appeal

The Music Studio thanks you for your continued donations and support for our students and studio. Your donations assist in covering the many expenses of the Music Studio, which in turn helps our students. While we work to continuously support our students and teachers, we definitely cannot achieve this without your help.  These necessary funds are used to purchase the music our students perform, workshops, master classes, professional development, accompanists and so much more.  

Click HERE to read our fundraising letter - WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

Music Studio Merchandise!!

Our online store is now open!! 

Shop now! Order pick-ups happen Friday afternoons.

If you have questions or comments please email

Mr. Clark, LaG vocal teacher with his LaG Swag: Laguardia MS sweat pants, and LaG Big Label red scull cap

Music Studio Board members selling LaG MS Swag in their own LaG swag


Get all the details you need for your best music school choice, from audition requirements to financial aid and career help - and what makes each school unique.

Click the photo to download the 2023-24 Guide to Music Schools.

View the guide online here.


Below you will find a list of organizations who offer summer programing for high school students. Click on any one to be taken directly to their websites for more information.


The LaGaurdia PA does not endorse any of the below organizations. Resource listing is provided simply as a means to share information with our Music Studio Community.

Summer 2024 Applications Now Open

Greetings from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University! Explore all that Northwestern and the Bienen School have to offer through one of our eight Summer Session workshops. These programs offer students a one-week intensive led by Bienen's world-renowned faculty in a small group setting. Visit our Summer Sessions Workshops page to learn more about our offerings and start your application today!

Conducting & Wind Music Symposium

Duo Piano Master Classes

Guitar Workshop

Northwestern Bach Academy

Percussion Symposium

Trombone Master Classes

Violin Institute

Vocal Performance Seminar

ArtsBridge Summer 2024

Applications Are Now Open For Our 15th Summer

Join us next summer at Baldwin Wallace University for the ArtsBridge Summer programs you already love, plus our newest addition!

Learn More & APPLY NOW

2-Week Programs: July 19 - August 2, 2024

4-Day Add-on Programs: July 15 - July 19, 2024

New Program Spotlight

ArtsBridge Summer Screen Acting

We are thrilled to announce our newest program: ArtsBridge Summer Screen Acting! Led by Chapman University faculty John Benitz, students in this 4-day add-on program will discover a whole new world of acting for the screen. Through a series of exercises and hands-on experience, students will build foundational screen acting skills. The program will culminate in the filming and screening of partnered scenes, allowing students to experience the entire process from rehearsal to professionally edited work. 

Contact: 1-855-788-ARTS (2787) 

Deadline to apply to VIA: February 29th

Do you have additional resources to share with the LaGuardia Music Studio Community? 

Please email us at

Other Music Opportunities


Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard is a two-week summer intensive for young artists (aged 12-18) looking to expand their training with Juilliard artist faculty at state-of-the-art facilities in Orlando, FL. While offering students a highly rigorous experience, this program encourages community, confidence, and healthy artistic practices.

2024 Program Dates and Majors

Session 1 | June 30-July 13: Drama, Piano, Voice 

Session 2 | July 14-27: Dance, Musical Theater

Applications are due February 15th. The program is hosted at their partner school, Windermere Preparatory School, in Orlando, Florida. Students with wide-ranging interests are welcome to apply to both sessions.

Session 1 Documentary - 2023

Session 2 Documentary - 2023


This new song contest celebrates the 2024 launch of the Harlem Rocket, a new Black-owned high-speed boat tour for this world-famous neighborhood. An original, compelling new short song will be selected as the Harlem Rocket's theme music and promotional jingle.

CRITERIA: The entries for Rhythm & Waves must be original tracks under 2 minutes in length, and submitted through the Harlem Rocket's WeTransfer platform. They will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity

  • Capturing the spirit and thrill of The Harlem Rocket

  • Melody and sound

  • Immediate usability as a theme song, jingle and sonic hook

Providing a signed Release, found HERE

FORMAT & DEADLINE: Submissions must be MP3 or MP4 files. All submissions are due by midnight ET on February 19th, and must be submitted at for review

PRIZES & PROMOTION: The winning song's composer will win a prize valued at $1000.00 including $500.00 in cash, and they will be promoted widely. The composer will be credited.

USAGE: Harlem Rocket will be granted first rights to own/use, modify, distribute, play and perform the winning song.



Pre-College offers a comprehensive conservatory-style music program for advanced students of elementary through high-school age who exhibit the talent, potential, and ambition to pursue serious music study at the college level. Application deadline March 1, 2024


MAP (Music Advancement Program) is a Saturday program for intermediate and advanced music students from New York City’s five boroughs and the tristate area who demonstrate a commitment to artistic excellence. The program actively seeks students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the classical music field. Application deadline April 1, 2024

Brass Open House:February 17, 4-6pm, followed by a Pre-College Chamber Music concert

Percussion Open House:February 24, 5-6:30pm, followed by a Pre-College Orchestra Concert

Both events are free and open to all students, parents, and educators.


The Sing for Hope Youth Chorus is Sing for Hope’s musical ensemble that provides creative service learning through rehearsal and performance for children and youth ages 8-18 via an innovative multi-age model. At once global and hyperlocal, The Sing for Hope Youth Chorus is our pride and joy, currently centering a core group made up of young singers from across the New York Metropolitan area. Performing subset groups include Girls’ Chorus, Gospel Choir, and more. Click here for more information. 


Sound+Science is an innovative after-school program in NYC for high school students interested in exploring the unique and deep connection between music and STEM. Through a unique curriculum, participants will explore modules like ‘The Hidden Codes in Electronic Music’, ‘From Hip-Hop to AI’, and Music Improvisation and the Evolution of the Mathematics of Computation Sound+Science, revealing the profound connections between music, technology, physics and mathematics.

Participants can look forward to Masterclass Lectures, where industry experts shed light on the confluence of music and technology and the Studio Labs, which provide a hands-on environment for participants to apply their knowledge, fostering creativity and collaboration.

Sound+Science will also offer a challenging and supportive environment that pairs high school students with local college STEM majors as they work together on Incentive-based projects designed to challenge and motivate participants to create real-world applications that resonate with musicians, producers, and coders while facilitating knowledge exchange and mutual growth.

The program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7pm at Civic Hall in Union Square from March 5 - May 23 with breaks to coincide with the DoE's calendar. It is completely free for New York City Public School students through support from the Simons Foundation. 

Do you know of an opportunity to share with the LaGuardia Music Studio Community? 

Please email us at

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Tuesday, February 6
National School Counseling Week
6:30p PA EB Meeting @ 6:30 PM
Wednesday, February 7
National School Counseling Week
Thursday, February 8
National School Counseling Week
Friday, February 9
National School Counseling Week
Monday, February 12
Respect For All Week
Tuesday, February 13
Respect For All Week
6:30p General PA Meeting @ 6:30 PM
Wednesday, February 14
Respect For All Week
Thursday, February 15
Respect For All Week
Friday, February 16
Respect For All Week
Friday, March 1
1:45p Senior Art Show #1
Saturday, March 2
7:00p Senior Art Show #1
Tuesday, March 12
6:00p PA EB Meeting @ 6:00 PM
Thursday, March 14
6:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
Current Music Studio Board Members

Instrumental Co-rep: Rebecca Sherman -

Vocal Co-reps: Marcee Smith and Diane Vasquez 

Co-Corresponding Secretaries: Tauheedah Yasin & Michael Goldsman

Co-Recording Secretaries: Laetitia Ducroux & Abhilasha Mahan

Audit Manager: Barbette Leonard and Vanessa Enriquez - Audit Manager Assistant

Merchandise Director: Marcee Smith and Diane Vasquez, Coordinator

Fundraising Coordinator: Jackie Cope

Volunteer Coordinators: Sherry Stuart Berman and Sonya Houston

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