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Music lesson

Izzy Gleicher from the Bridge Arts Ensemble Program instructing a student during a flute lesson at Columbia High School.

Students at Columbia High School and Howard L. Goff Middle School received special musical instruction from six guest musicians last month as part of the free Bridge Arts Ensemble Program. In all, there were 70 sessions offered to students during the week-long visit, including the following classes:

  • Alto Sax Lesson
  • Brass Ensemble Coaching
  • Brass Quintet Master Class
  • Bucket Drumming
  • Composition
  • Drum Set Coaching
  • Euphonium Lesson
  • Flute Master Class
  • Help Us Find Our Groove
  • How To Work Together
  • Improvisation for Everyone
  • Jumpstart Your College Essay
  • Merriam’s 10 Functions of Music
  • Music of the 60s
  • Percussion Lesson
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Piano Lesson
  • Piccolo Lesson
  • Prep for NYSSMA Adjudication
  • Q&A College Essay
  • Songwriting Workshop
  • Tenor Vocal Coaching
  • Trombone Lesson
  • Trombone Master Class
  • Vocal Coaching
  • Vocal Master Class

The program was offered to East Greenbush Central School District for free through the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES and funded by an anonymous donor.

“The Bridge Arts Ensemble was great to work with! The musicians were engaging and enthusiastic about teaching,” said Scott Halliday, chair of the Music Department. “The students at Goff and Columbia really enjoyed working with them.”

The Bridge Arts Ensemble Program was offered to East Greenbush elementary schools in February.

Special thanks to the guest musicians Willem de Koch, Robert Fleitz, Izzy Gleicher, Patricia Noonan, Dayeon Seok and Forest VanDyke.