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Kathy Mason

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

Kathleen Mason has taught Elementary and Middle School General Music and chorus for many years. She was attracted to Music for People and improvisation while searching for ways to make her work with children more interesting as well as to enhance her own personal musical growth.  She particularly enjoys ethnic music and performs frequently with traditional …

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Julie Weber

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

Julie Weber Is a graduate of and is the immediate former Chairperson of the Musicianship and Leadership Program (MLP) for Music for People.  Her deep love of and curiosity about sound continues to lead her into various paths in a life centered on music and the arts. She has 32 years of experience as a music educator and …

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Julie Harris

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

Julie Harris has been playing the Native American flute since 2003. In 2006 and 2007 and she was a finalist in the Musical Echoes Flute Competition in Fort Walton Beach Florida and in 2008, she was a First Place Winner in this prestigious gathering. In April of 2013, she was featured on the Pete Seeger/Jeff …

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Judy Binder

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

Judy combines her 26 years of music teaching experience, her enthusiasm, spontaneity, gentleness and her love for music to support the creative musician in all of us. Her work is influenced by her practice of creative movement, piano improvisation and meditation. Judy is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. She has been president …

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Joëlle Danant

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

Joëlle Danant is a singer, composer, Native American (NA) style flute player, certified Music for People (MFP) instructor in music improvisation, educator, and interfaith minister. Joëlle is the 2013 Music Ambassador Award recipient from Music for People (MFP), for leading her MFP satellite workshops, called “Music Improvisation for the Soul” (since 2003). These one-day workshops are …

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Jim Oshinsky

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

James Oshinsky, Ph.D. is a psychologist and musician who has been part of Music for People since its inception. Jim helped formalize Music for People’s training programs, especially in the area of group dynamics and leadership. He is the author of Return to Child, Music for People’s Guide to Improvising Music and Authentic Group Leadership. A …

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Jan Hittle

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

After hearing Bobby McFerrin sing on National Public Radio, Jan went looking for a place to study music improvisation. That journey first led her to David Darling and Music for People. After graduating from Music for People’s Musicianship Program, Jan served for two years both as event coordinator and as a coach in the Musicianship …

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David Rudge

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

Dr. David Rudge teaches Free Improvisation at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he leads the Improv. Collective, a performing ensemble dedicated to free improvisation for self-expression. (www.fredonia.edu/som/improv). As an improvising violinist, he has performed with Paul Winter, Paul Horn, Arthur Hull, Don Campbell and David Darling. He has also served as conductor …

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Carol Purdy

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

Ever since she was four years old and dancing in Macy’s “Little Theatre” in Manhattan, Carol has loved and pursued the arts. Her poetry and concert pieces for beginning string players have been widely published. Carol has performed with chamber music groups in the US, Canada and Europe. She currently performs with the New York City …

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Al Harris

In Graduates, New York by jan_mfp

Alvin plays and makes Native American flutes and has a love for all percussion instruments. He performs with Master Drummer, Sculptor and Educator, Maxwell Kofi Donkor and Sankofa and is currently studying with world renowned percussionist, Jeff Haynes. He is co-founder of the SongCatchers Flute Circle and co-facilitates the monthly circles. He is also a …