YOUTH IN HARMONY
“Music education stimulates, challenges, and enriches our young people in their formative, school years; its value lasts a lifetime”. Tammy Baldwin
DID YOU KNOW: Barbershop Harmony & Jazz are the only American-born musical genres? All other music genres have roots outside of America.
Our chorus & quartets support music in our tri-county schools, offering an assistance plan to music educators in area high schools, grades 9-12. Working with each educator, we provide a syllabus of music craft from which to choose the perfect lesson plan to fit individual time frames. The music educator is always in control of the length & content of our in-school musical “field trip”. The teacher & students receive a portfolio hi-lighting visual & vocal elements of performance, a brief history of the roots of barbershop, several easy 4-part harmony “Tags”, and links to our chapter, district, and international barbershop websites.
WHAT IS A “TAG”: the final ending phrase or phrases of a song, sung in 4-part harmony style.
Our teaching quartet teaches & sings tags with the students, inviting students to step into the quartet to sing their part along with the quartet. We also invite 4 students to perform the tag as their own quartet stressing interpretation, dynamic (volume) level change, vowel matching for a tighter blend & chord “ring”, among other vocal techniques.
The following schools over the last several years have experienced the barbershop harmony style of music in one way or another: Beacon, Cornwall, Ellenville, Highland, Hyde Park (Roosevelt), Kingston, Marlboro, Middletown, Monroe-Woodbury, New Paltz, Suffern, Valley Central and Washingtonville.
Robert Chieffo Music Scholarship: Awarded to one or two high school students to attend our Northeastern District’s annual Harmony Explosion Camp at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA. This 3-day camp offers vocal music clinic work, learning 3-4 songs, working with barbershop quartets, & ending with an evening performance for parents, family & area residents.
Betty Foster Bahret Music Scholarship: Awarded annually to a graduating senior at Spackenkill High School, having shown a concentrated interest and involvement in music throughout their high school years, including interest and participation in music in the community.
For more information about Music In Our
Bill Standish at YouthCoordinator@newyorkerschorus.org