As a music lover, I believe in the power of music. Music is at once universal and personal. Most people relate to music – they have a favorite genre, if not band. They enjoy different music for different moods, different situations, even different social events. Music can be stimulating or calming, it can help people connect with others, or get in touch with themselves. Music can bring people out of their shell. In short, music is powerful, and can be an easy way to get students excited about school. Imagine the first time a young child realizes they are musically inclined. What a life changing experience that could be.
Therefore, we are thrilled to have two new Music Teachers join our P.S. 73 team. Kerrick Sasaki will be picking up right where our long-time violin teacher, Majid Khaliq, left off. Terry Cade is introducing a new beginner music program to all the 1st grade classes at P.S. 73, as well as working with the Pre-K and 1st – 5th graders at P.S. 15.
Kerrick Sasaki served as the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s Coordinator of Education and Community programs. Also a professional violist, Mr. Sasaki earned a BM from the University of Washington, a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and an Advanced Certificate in Education and Viola Performance from NYU. His diverse performing career has taken him to venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and the stage of Carnegie Hall. Kerrick’s music education work began in college, where as a member of the groundbreaking BRATS mentoring program he visited public schools in the Seattle area to help nurture young violists. Since then, Mr. Sasaki has served as Adjunct Instructor of violin and viola at NYU, Teaching Artist for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Strings Instructor for the Turtle Bay Music School and Bloomingdale Music School, and Community Service Program Mentor for the San Francisco Conservatory. He directed the String Program and Orchestra at Bellevue Community College (Seattle) and was the Viola Specialist for the Seattle Youth Symphony’s Endangered Instruments Program.
Terry Cade is an Orff and Kodaly specialist with over 20 years of teaching experience. Over the last 10 years she has taught group classes with the Turtle Bay Music School, Brooklyn Queens Music Conservatory, and Third Street Settlement Music School. Before moving to the United States, Terry taught elementary and middle school music and choir at Toronto public schools. She holds a Bachelors in Music and English from York University in Toronto, a Vocal Jazz degree from Berklee School of Music in Boston, and multiple certificates in Orff and Kodaly music education. As a performer, Terry has also recorded two vocal jazz cd’s, All in a Day’s Dream and Sometimes I’m Happy, that can be found on cdbaby and amazon.
Each of these artists brings such a wealth of experience and talent to the job, that I know they will infuse a life-long love and passion for music in our kids. So stay tuned for updates as to how their classes are going, as well as invitations to the end of year performances in May!