Residencies

School, Homeschool, Afterschool Residencies & Enrichment Programs

Our Lead Teachers Betina Hershey & Nick Russo have an extensive teaching resume as teaching artists in school, after school, and with a wide range of ages.

Below are some of the many enrichment/afterschool programs available.

Acting Improv with Betina Hershey (1-2, 3-5, 5-8) • Dive into the fun of acting improv. Yes And, gibberish, rants, creative characters, dynamic scenes, exploration of space, and story prompts encourage bravery and creativity. www.betinahershey.comwww.gardenplayers.com

Musical Theater Writing with Betina Hershey (1st, 2nd; 3rd, 4th, 5th) • Adapt a book into a mini-musical, learn musical theater song structures, improvise and write scenes and songs collaboratively, and share. To promote full body learning, students use vocal warm-ups, movement and acting improv to explore ideas. Led by NYC local and touring musician/composer/writer Betina Hershey who has 5 children’s musicals published by Beat by Beat Press with more that 2,000 productions in over 35 countries, and leads two bands: The Scooches and Hot Jazz Jumpers. www.betinahershey.comwww.gardenplayers.com

Songwriting with Betina Hershey (1st, 2nd; 3rd, 4th, 5th) • Write songs and learn how to find the hook, identify and write within song forms, use rhyme schemes, and create melodies that catch the ear. Learn how to let creativity flow, and then edit. We’ll use music theory, solfeggio, ear training, rhythm composition, rounds, and well known songs as our guides. Led by NYC local and touring musician/composer/writer Betina Hershey who has 5 children’s musicals published by Beat by Beat Press with more that 2,000 productions in over 35 countries, and leads two bands: The Scooches and Hot Jazz Jumpers.  www.betinahershey.comwww.gardenplayers.com

Music Theory and Performance with Betina Hershey (K, 1, 2) • Local and touring musician, educator, and composer Betina Hershey brings in innovative methods of child music literacy with a great sense of fun to our kindergarteners. This program is based on the Kodaly music method with the idea that every single human being can sing on pitch, feel the beat, keep rhythm, learn to sight sing, notate music, and understand music as a language. Concepts covered include solfeggio notes, rhythms, pitch, music reading, music note placement, music games and songs, both a cappella and with guitar accompaniment. www.betinahershey.comwww.gardenplayers.com

Music Theory and Performance with Betina Hershey (3rd, 4th, 5th) • Local and touring musician, performer, educator, and composer guides students towards developing greater confidence, teamwork and musicianship through harmony, classical rounds, positive and energized body language, vocal technique, songs from the traditional American songbook, jazz scat singing, graduation songs, and a continuation of solfeggio, rhythm training, music reading and writing. This can culminate with the 5th grade singing at graduation.  www.betinahershey.comwww.gardenplayers.com

Folk Songs That Inspire Change with Betina Hershey (1st, 2nd; 3rd, 4th, 5th) • Folk songs inspire discussion and community. Folk songs can help change the world with funny lyrics, serious topics, catchy melodies, and phrases that hook us in, reminding us to look deeper at the environment, diversity, and the many perspectives and voices that must be heard. Led by NYC musician/educator/composer Betina Hershey, this innovative method of music literacy includes solfeggio, music reading and writing, rhythm compositions, and performance techniques through songs that inspire discussion and community. This folk song enrichment program can culminate in a Folk Song Sing-Along.   www.betinahershey.comwww.gardenplayers.com

Ukulele with Nick Russo •Learn ukulele & introduction to guitar, from Beatles to Indian Raga to excerpts from Star Wars & Frozen! Improvise, sight read, play world rhythms and form your own band with opportunities to compose your own original music!

Instructor, Nick Russo, M.A., B.S.
Guitar with Nick Russo • Learn Guitar from Jon Batiste’s band member! From classical guitar to the blues to The Beatles to Indian Raga to soundtrack excerpts from Star Wars & Frozen! Improvise, sight read, play world rhythms and form your own band with opportunities to compose your own original music!

Nick Russo has performed with Paul McCartney, Jimmy McGriff, Russell Hall; appears on ABC’s Good Morning America, PBS The Chaperone, Sam Mendes: Away We Go, PBS Kids Peg Plus Cat, Lincoln Center, tours around the world and co-leads The Scooches & Hot Jazz Jumpers with Betina Hershey