Faculty Spotlight: Abby Payne

Abby Payne is an active musician and performer around NYC, and 2015 marks her tenth year teaching at Church Street School.  This fall, you will find her teaching private piano and voice lessons. In the following interview, she discusses her training, unique projects, and her approach to teaching. Also, check out her videos below!

954770_10151593762948155_734406791_nGrace Rezendes (GR): What was your early experience with music? How did you start playing/singing?

Abby Payne (AP): I grew up in a very musical household, where music was part of our daily lives.  There was always someone singing, playing piano, or practicing some other instrument.  My older sister and I would harmonize on old hymns and pop tunes just for fun, and plinking around on our old upright piano was always a source of amusement.  We also often sang as a family at church events or at special holiday programs.  I played flute in school and sang in chorus, and our seasonal concerts were always an exciting highlight for me.

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Student Spotlight: Rosa Burke

Rosa Burke is 17 years old and studies piano at Church Street School with Tereza Lee Kirkhum. She recently sat down with Director of Music Toby Wine for an informal interview.

TW: Tell me about your earliest musical experiences.

RB: My father always played Irish music in the house, and his brother gave me an Irish flute, so that was the first instrument I picked up, when I was seven. My father played lots of records but also played the guitar. His whole side of the family makes it their purpose to be musical.

TW: Were you taking lessons or just playing informally?

RB: No – the first time I took music lessons was about six months later, when I started playing violin, which I studied for about three years. Ultimately I just wanted to focus on piano. I had studied with (current Church Street School violin instructor) Rosi Hertlein when she was at the JCC (Jewish Community Center) on Staten Island. I also studied piano at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

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The Eight Best Ways for Children to Learn About Music

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Ever since researchers discovered that fetuses respond to sound in the sixth month of pregnancy, there have been those in the baby biz that have tried to capitalize on this information. New parents have been manipulated to feel that they need to engage in some sort of special stimulation of their unborn child to build a ‘better’ baby. Or once born, parents feel compelled to buy special CDs and music videos that purport to make their baby smarter. And through my experience as a music educator I know that many parents worry if their child doesn’t start playing an instrument at three years old they will somehow fail to develop to their full potential. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more

Spring Benefit Concert

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Postponed! We will update with new time and date soon!

Join us for a very special spring benefit concert featuring Church Street’s masterful pop/rock singer-songwriters, Abby Payne, Danielle Schwob, and Jacob Pleakis with his band Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! These artists are making waves and getting noticed in the New York and nationwide music scenes and are playing a very special and rare all-ages show to benefit Church Street and its mission of non-profit arts and music education. Tickets are 25.00/adult, 15.00/child, 10.00 each additional child, and are available by calling 212-571-7290 or purchasing below. Seating is extremely limited!

The Happening 2014

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Sunday, May 18th, 1 – 4pm

Support Church Street School at our third annual Family Fundraising Event!

Musical performances by CSS faculty and students including Richard Younger & Abby Levin (1pm) and The Church Street School Choristers (3pm)

Life size collaborative art projects! Create a water world, micro world, space world, dessert world, forrest world and your own world

Raffles! Win and adventure with a Church Street School teacher in our teacher raffle or win a scooter, a basket of children’s books, a class at Church Street School and more in our Happening raffle. Click here for more raffle information.

face painting, tattoos and more! Check out pictures from last years event

 

Spring 2014 Open House

Saturday, February 1st, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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Join us for a day of FREE music and art activities! Try new classes and register for the spring semester, beginning February 3rd. Join us for the whole day, or drop in for selected classes, see days schedule below. Attendees receive an exclusive voucher to take a free trial class during the first week of the Spring Semester! Read more