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Originally delivered on 2/26/2024 6:00 pm

SUBJECT: Music Monday 02.26.24 Goodbye February

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February 26, 2024
Message from the Reps

Duke Ellington, Scurlock Photographic Collection, National Museum of American History

"Life has two rules: number 1, never quit! Number 2, always remember rule number one." ~ Duke Ellington

Welcome back, Music Studio Families!

We hope you had a fun, relaxing and rejuvenating mid-winter break. Before we broke for mid-winter break, we had our monthly general meeting and we were joined by our AP of Music and Special Education, Ben Schott. He shared information and answered questions about electives and juries. If you were unable to attend, you can find the recording here, passcode: B5^V6FYs, and the meeting minutes here.

2024: African Americans and the Arts

Lend Me Your Ear - The Final Installment

We’ve come to the close of the 48th annual celebration of Black history month. This year's theme is African Americans and the Arts. African Americans have made indelible contributions to the world of music, and just for fun, here is the final installment of acurated playlistfeaturing some of music's biggest icons for your listening pleasure. This list is by no means all-inclusive, but a sampling of some of the most influential musicians to the world of music and beyond. Music is a universal language that crosses boundaries and genres because it comes from deep within the soul – a wonderful gift that we all can enjoy, and participate in, moving us in ways that we sometimes cannot verbalize. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed listening, and possibly discovering something new.

Don’t stop the music… let the music play on! 

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

Blurb From Ben

Dear Music Studio Families,

Welcome back!

I hope you are feeling refreshed after mid-winter break, as we gear up for spring. I look forward to sharing more updates with you all soon.

The Operetta has 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!

March 14 - Operetta: The Gondoliers, Fandango Cast6:30pm, Concert Hall

March 15 - Operetta: The Gondoliers, Cachuca Cast, 6:30pm, Concert Hall

March 16 - Operetta: The Gondoliers, Cachuca Cast, 1:30pm, Concert Hall 

Fandango Cast6:30pm, Concert Hall

March 19 - LaG SAT Day

March 27 - Concerto Concert, 6:30pm, Concert Hall

Purchase tickets here

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. 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 

Registration with full payment is required to reserve your participation and will be accepted until the symposium is filled. Payments must be received no later than June 1, 2024.

Duo Piano Master Classes 

application deadline April 8, 2024

Guitar Workshop 

application deadline April 8, 2024

Northwestern Bach Academy 

application deadline April 8, 2024. Early submission strongly encouraged.

Percussion Symposium  

application deadline April 8, 2024

Trombone Master Classes 

application deadline April 8, 2024

Violin Institute 

application deadline April 8, 2024. Early submission strongly encouraged.

Vocal Performance Seminar 

application deadline April 8, 2024

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

  • JumpStart  Registration opens in March
  • Screen ActingRegistration opens in March - Rolling, limited to 10 spots

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) 

Scholarships Available

Just Announced: 
Scholarships are available through the Empire State Summer Arts Scholarship, a program of the New York Department of Education. Must apply by April 19, 2024. Eligibility Requirements

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



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


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 27
3:30p Clothing Swap
Friday, March 1
1:45p Senior Art Show #1
Saturday, March 2
7:00p Senior Art Show #1
Thursday, March 7
International Women's Day
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
Friday, March 15
Student Voter Registration Drive
6:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
Saturday, March 16
1:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
6:30p Operetta - The Gondoliers - CH
Tuesday, March 19
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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