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SUBJECT: Music Monday 02.12.24

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February 12, 2024
Message from the Reps

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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." ~ Maya Angelou

Happy Monday Music Families!

Join us tonight at 7:30 pm via ZOOM for our monthly general meeting. We will be joined by our AP of Music, Ben Schott, who will be sharing information on all things electives. Got questions, but can't attend? Please send your questions to or before 6pm so they can be addressed. The meeting will be recorded and shared as soon as it is made available. As always, the minutes will be in the next edition of Music Monday, which will be February 26th.

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Meeting ID: 882 2072 4413

Passcode: 785547

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.

2024: African Americans and the Arts

Lend Me Your Ear, Part 2...

Black history month marches on, and this year's theme focuses on African Americans and the Arts. African Americans have made indelible contributions to the world of music and just for fun, here is part two of a curated playlist featuring some of music's biggest icons for your listening pleasure. Who knows, maybe you'll discover something new. Look for the final installment, with part three in the February 26th edition. Enjoy!

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Have a Relaxing Mid-Winter Break!

Music Monday is taking a break. We'll return with the final February edition on the 26th. Wishing you all a relaxing and rejuvenating mid-winter break as we gear up for Spring.

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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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You can create an account using this link: Membership Tool Kit 

Please continue to join us virtually and in-person. We look forward to seeing you!

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

This is our final week before the mid-winter break! I hope the spring semester is off to a great start for all of our music studio students.

I just want to provide a few updates about Juries and things that will be coming up in the spring. First off, please be sure to join the Music Studio General PA meeting tonight where I will share information on elective course offerings and the elective process.

Juries Update
This is the first year since the pandemic that Juries were fully in-person instead of being remote. Going forward, Juries will only be held in-person.  The purpose of Juries is to give students feedback on how they are doing in their music classes. Students have been given a score, which will be factored into their second semester grades. 

LaGuardia conducts the Jury process for several reasons: 

  • It provides students with experience in how to prep for an audition 
  • Students learn how to dress and how to have a better experience in executing their voice or instrument
  • Conservatories use Juries every year to assess the students' learning   

The Operetta has now been in rehearsals for several weeks now; costumes are being ordered, sets are being built and
the cast is working really hard. This is the largest cast show at LaGuardia. Please come and see it for yourself from March 14-16th. Purchase your tickets here.
Partnership with families makes our program work.

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 12 - Music Studio General Meeting via Zoom,7:30pm via ZOOM

Meeting ID: 882 2072 4413

Passcode: 785547

February 14 - Show Choir will be delivering Valentines singing grams throughout the halls of LaG. All proceeds help to off-set the cost of senior dues.

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

February 16 - Fiorello Friday featuring BSU

February 19-23 - MID-WINTER BREAK

Calling All Volunteers
Help Beautify the Music Studio Hallways!

Hey there!

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

We're forming a Music Studio Enhancement Committee to help us create a warm, cheerful and welcoming environment in the Music Studio! 

We're looking for people to help us brainstorm ideas for decor, planning, printing posters and pictures, then assemble and execute. This will take place after mid-winter break. If you are interested, please send an email to or and let's get to beautifying!

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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) 

Harmony Program families: Deadline to apply February 26th

Other Applicants: Deadline to apply March 31

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
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
Tuesday, February 27
3:30p Clothing Swap
Friday, March 1
1:45p Senior Art Show #1
Saturday, March 2
7:00p Senior Art Show #1
Monday, March 11
Student Voter Registration Drive
Tuesday, March 12
Student Voter Registration Drive
6:00p PA EB Meeting @ 6:00 PM
Wednesday, March 13
Student Voter Registration Drive
Thursday, March 14
Student Voter Registration Drive
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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