Monica Lewin holds a B.A. (1996) from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, with a focus in the psychophysiology of sound and music; and has also studied Music Education at both Eastern Michigan University (instrumental) and The University of Michigan (vocal). She has taught privately for 20 years and as a soloist has performed regularly in settings from churches to the Bach’s Lunch Concerts, to the stage at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.
Ms. Lewin has played in numerous bands, orchestras, chamber ensembles, chorales, and pit orchestras, played for film soundtracks and recordings; gala benefit shows, museum benefits, gallery openings and anywhere else music can be played! She also has experience working with recording and publishing contracts, licensing and filing intellectual property, along with national and international tour management having spent several years at a boutique arts law firm in Manhattan. She is currently facilitating the improvisational techniques of Music for People in her own Music Portal Playshops.
She embraces the Music for People concept of Return to Child, creating an atmosphere of acceptance, non-judgment and joyful play in music making, freeing the expressive voice and body-centered rhythm.
It is her mission to draw out the inborn music in each participant and to help them create avenues for self-expression and a greater confidence in the creative process. Her style is intuitive, gentle and supportive of each individual whatever their skill level, from “Never Played” to “Well Trained”.