Larry Newman, Founder / Director of Children's Music Workshop
Larry Newman is
the Founder and Director of Children's
Music Workshop. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education, cum
laude degree from Temple
University's College of Music, a California teaching credential
and a Master of Arts in Music Performance from Eastern
Illinois University. (In 2012, Mr. Newman received the "Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award" from EIU.)
Formerly an instrumental music teacher in the Philadelphia
School District, Los Angeles
Unified School District, and Santa
Monica-Malibu Public Schools, Mr. Newman has supervised music
programs in more than eighty public and private institutions from
the Kindergarten through college levels.
His rich diversity of
experience includes schools from East L.A. to Malibu and from South L.A. to the San Fernando Valley.
Newman is the recipient of three Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards presented by the Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences for Children/Youth Programming. Mr Newman wrote, directed and produced
the All Schools Elementary Honor
Orchestra shows which have aired nationally and feature students
from more than two dozen Children's Music Workshop school programs. Most recently, he was nominated in 2013 for Orchestra Kids 2012.
In 2009, Mr. Newman
was honored by the Los Angeles City Council at City Hall for his
contributions to music education in Los Angeles (See
photos and video.) He was also featured on CityView's Channel
35 series, "Faces of LA" (See
Mr. Newman received the
Petrick Excellence in Education Award from the Palisades
Charter Schools Foundation. The award is underwritten by the
Boone Foundation - a philanthropic group whose mission is to
people who provide excellent programs to youth".
Larry Newman was also
one of 40 teachers nominated for the 25th Annual BRAVO
established in 1982 by the Music Center of Los Angeles County
to recognize individuals for innovation and excellence in arts
Mr. Newman served on
the Leadership Committee for the 2009
NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Music Education
Day at the NAMM Show in
Larry Newman formerly
was the trumpet instructor at Glendale
College and also taught in the jazz studies department of Eastern
Illinois University as a graduate teaching assistant. At Eastern
Illinois, Mr. Newman directed the University Jazz Lab Band, taught
private undergraduate studio trumpet and was also a member of the
EIU Faculty Brass Quintet and solo trumpet player in the EIU Faculty
As a professional trumpet
player, Larry Newman has toured The United States, Canada and Japan
Glenn Miller Orchestra® under the direction of Larry O'Brien (see webpage),
performed in The
Claridge Hotel Casino Orchestra in Atlantic City under the
direction of Jack Six and sailed the Caribbean and Northwest with
the S/S Norway Big
Band and other cruise ship orchestras.
He has backed such star entertainers
as Dizzy Gillespie, Jack
Jones, Florence Henderson, Jerry
Fifth Dimension, Al Martino, Shirley
Jones, The Lettermen, Jim
Van Dyke, Jim Stafford, Michel
Legrand, Clark Terry, Cab
Whiting, Benny Carter, The
Four Aces, The
Modernaires, Bobby Rydell, Joe
Hampton, The Smothers
Brothers, Fred Travalena, Rita
Moreno and others.
Mr. Newman worked as a trumpet
instructor on the 2004 Universal release, Ray,
starring Jamie Foxx as well as the 1999 movie, Anywhere
But Here, starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman.
Mr. Newman is author of the Recorder
Fun Book which is used in hundreds of elementary schools throughout
the United States. He is also the author of the Violin
Fun Book and Beginning
Band Fun Books - group method books used in all Children's
Music Workshop music programs. All of Mr. Newman's books are available on www.amazon.com
Larry Newman is leader of The
Pacific Palisades Brass Quintet and is a freelance trumpet
player in the Southern California area. (Photos: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 )
Gregory Alper received
a BA in Jazz Improvisation from Indiana University and studied
orchestration and film scoring at Mannes College. As a composer,
he has scored music for film, television and a number of classic
video games. He is professional woodwind player in Los Angeles
and teaches woodwinds, brass, music theory and jazz improvisation.
Lyn Bertles graduated
from Bennington College in Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts
in Music. She holds a California teaching credential from Cal
Ms. Bertles teaches strings, woodwinds, brass
and choir. She is also a professional violinist and maintains
a private teaching studio in Studio City, CA.
Desiree' Deasy teaches
woodwinds, brass and strings. While majoring in violin performance at the University
of Wisconsin, she studied under the tutelage of the internationally
Arts Quartet. She recently returned from a world concert
tour with the Yanni
Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Deasy is also a certified Musikgarten® instructor and is in demand as a freelance violinist in the Los Angeles area.
Brenda Etterbeek received
her Bachelor of Music Degree from Miami
University and her Masters of Music Degree from the University
of Southern California. She has toured Europe with the Camerata
Wind Quintet has been a featured performer with the Echternach
Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg. In addition to Children's Music Workshop, Ms.
Etterbeek maintains a private teaching studio.
Amanda Fuerst holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Masters in Music degree from Northwestern University.She has been on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago as well as a music education methods instructor at Illinois Wesleyan University. Amanda loves teaching elementary age students and is a professional flute player in the Southern California area.
Jessica Gaskin-King holds degrees from Boston Conservatory and Florida State University. She regularly performs violin throughout the Los Angeles area.
Jessica maintains a private teaching studio and in on faculty at several local private schools. She is also the proud mom of a budding elementary-age violinist.
Carissa Gibbons holds a Bachelor in Music degree and a Masters in Music Degree from Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in Long Beach. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Violin Performance at Claremont Graduate University.
Carrisa has taught all ages and she has performed professionally in Disney Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and other landmark performing venues.
Suzanna Giordana Gignac
Suzanna Girodana Gignac studied at the Hartt School of Music, and then CSU Northridge earning a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude. She is a professional violinist and violist and is co-director of the Angeles Consort.
She regularly performs with the L.A. Opera, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Long Beach and Pacific Symphonies. Suzanna is an enthusiastic teacher with more than twenty-five years of teaching experience.
Leah Katz received her
Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance at Indiana University.
Leah has performed professionally with numerous symphony orchestras and has recorded
with artists such as Brittany
Eve 6, Christina
Aguilera, N'Sync, Mariah
Carey, Backstreet Boys, Destiny's Child, and Jessica
Simpson. Leah regularly
performs with the house band on the Fox TV hit, American
Norma LaTuche holds Bachelor’s degree in flute performance from Manhattan School of Music and a California K-12 teaching credential from Chapman University.
She has toured the world performing classical and jazz flute and currently is recording her own solo project. Norma maintains a private teaching studio and is also provides vocal coaching.
Kate Lisman is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Pre College Division, Cal State Long Beach, The Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College. She is in the doctoral program at Clarement Graduate University.
Kate has instructed elementary age string players in Los Angeles and Santa Monica public schools and loves teaching.
Danielle Mays attended Butler University for music theory/composition, musical theater & dance. She completed her graduate work in woodwind performance and dance at the University of Michigan. Danielle has many years of teaching experience in schools throughout the Sourthern California area where she has taught woodwinds, brass, string and general music classes.
Wendy Mazon holds
a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University
of Arizona in music performance with a minor in
music education as well as a Master of Music degree
and Bachelors of Arts degree in music education
from Cal State Northridge. Dr. Mazon has a strong
commitment to quality education and a great passion
for teaching young students. She is a freelance performer and chamber musician in the Greater Los Angeles area and is the founder of the Mazon Music Studio.
Julie Metz holds
a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music
and a Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College. She directs
& coordinates public school string orchestras in Anaheim,
is a music mentor for the Long Beach USD and is a curriculum
writer for the LA Philharmonic's Symphonies for
Schools Program. Julie is also a professional violinist
and violoist in Los Angeles and teaches privately. Visit www.julielmetz.com
Sheila Molazadeh graduated
from Cal State Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance and she holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands. Sheila has performed in many different venues around the world including Tivoli Gardens (Denmark), the Edinburgh Trade Center (Scotland), the Sydney Opera House (Austrailia), the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles).
Mary Lou Newmark
Mary Lou Newmark is
an electric violinist, composer, and poet. Mary Lou has a classical background with undergraduate and graduate
degrees in violin performance from Southern Methodist University
and USC, and a masters
degree in composition from UCLA.
She maintains a private teaching studio
in Pacific Palisades. Visit www.greenangelmusic.com
Eric Patterson graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California
with a B.A. in Humanities with an Empahsis in Music. Eric
loves working with young students and is very involved in
the music eduation field. He is a featured clinician on www.youtube.com/jointheorchestra and is a professional jazz musican
in Los Angeles. Visit www.ericpattersonmusic.com
Sabonjohn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stetson
University in DeLand, Florida with a Bachelor in Music
Education. She also holds a music performance degree from
the New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sabonjohn comes from a musical family, with both her
parents members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is a dedicated music educator.
Bianca Samaniego is a violin specialist. She holds a BM in Music Performance from Cal State Northridge. Ms. Samaniego's violin students range from young beginners to college students.
She has exceptional organizational and people skills and Bianca loves working with elementary-age students.
Emily Senchuk teaches
woodwinds and brass. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Music
Composition from Wayne State University in Detroit MI, and
was a finalist in the 1997 National Young Composer's Competition.
She currently performs with the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra,
Pacific Palisades Symphony, Bellflower Symphony, South East
Symphony, Golden State Pops Orchestra, and the Santa Monica
Symphony Woodwind Quintet.
Katherine Shaw is
a violin and cello specialist. She previously taught strings
in two San Diego area magnet schools for music and the
performing arts. She is an accomplished performer and since
1991 has been the assistant concertmistress of the Topanga
Symphony. Ms. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
from the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor
of Music in Violin Performance from Cal
Jonathan Terry attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from UCLA.
He has worked with the Young Musicians Foundation and the Harmony Project and has taught elementary instrumental music in more than a dozen elementary schools throughout the greater Los Angeles area.Jonathan is an accomplished clarinetist who regularly performs throughout the Southern California area.
Hillary Thomas holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute for the Arts with additional graduate studies at the University of Southern California.
Hillary has more than fifteen years teaching experience with students of all ages. She is an active violinist and composer in the Los Angeles area. www.hillarythomasmusic.com
Jamelle Williams holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Loyola University and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans. In addition to being an outstanding and experienced teacher, Jamelle is a top Los Angeles trumpet player - having recently performed on the 2011 Grammy show with Raphael Saadiq and Mick Jagger.