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PHOTOS: Philharmonic Teaching Artists Begin Season at Fall Retreat

Posted October 06, 2014

The Philharmonic’s Teaching Artist Faculty recently kicked off its 21st season with their annual Fall Retreat at the Bronx’s beautiful and inspiring New York Botanical Garden

This group of talented musicians and high-level educators, who serve the Philharmonic Schools and Very Young Composers programs, gathered on September 17 & 18 for a series of professional-development workshops that tackled both musical and educational topics. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding gardens, the faculty made creative connections between nature and their work in the schools. 

Their work also focused on this year’s theme, Intrinsic Motivation, exploring Daniel Pink’s three essential elements of intrinsic motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose (discussed in his book Drive) and Carol Dweck’s research on how fixed versus growth mindsets impact learning. 

Thus armed, our Teaching Artist Faculty swings into high gear spreading their new insights and renewed energy across New York City’s five boroughs to their 200 partner teachers and 5,000 students.

Below: The New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Faculty gathers for its annual Fall Retreat, this year at the New York Botanical Garden.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Below: Teaching Artists Andrew Roitstein (left) and Erin Wight (right) compose a short piece as part of a workshop that will help them better understand how Mendelssohn uses repetition in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the focus of this year’s Young People’s Concert™ for Schools.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Below: Teaching artists and apprentices (from left clockwise: Jihea Hong-Park, Justin Hines, Amanda Hudson, Stephen Dunn, Paul Murphy, and Katie Kresek) explore the links between mastery and intrinsic motivation.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Below: The New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Faculty gains new understanding on the topic of intrinsic motivation as they lead and participate in a series of mini-workshops in different gardens throughout the New York Botanical Garden grounds.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat