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Charlotte Ann Moore

  • Degrees and StudiesBA, Music, Mount Holyoke; MS, Education, Fordham University; American Orff Shulwerk, Elias Howe, NYCCOASA; Dalcroze Eurythmics, Solfege, & Improvisation, Julliard, Kaufman Center, Diller-Quaile; Lovitri Method Studies, CCNY
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2017
Born in: Manhattan, NY

Performances & Distinctions:
Director, Mount Vernon Intergenerational Choir; Associate Faculty, Music Improv Camp, Teachers College, Columbia University; Conductor, All City Elementary Chorus, Mount Vernon All-City Music & Art Festival

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: “In much the way a dancer, writer, actor, visual, or other performing artist commits to optimal engagement in the arts, I believe teachers of the arts need to continually train themselves to perfect their teaching craft. As a veteran music teacher certified in the Orff Schulwerk approach, I enjoy teaching students how to use all of their senses – their whole being in fact, to create music while accessing their own unique artistry in the process. Orff Schulwerk is a developmental approach to music-making that addresses multiple parts of a child’s psyche, emotions, and kinesthetic energy. Having emerged at the turn of the 20TH Century from the collaborative efforts of composer Carl Orff and co-founder Gunild Keetman in Munich, Germany, this approach emphasizes three foundational threads. These include: 1) exposure to early childhood musical experiences, 2) awakening curiosity in a natural and playful manner that develops and encourages musicianship, and 3) offering child-centered music and movement education which presents skills and concepts in a sequenced, logical way. In Orff Schulwerk, elemental forms of expression – namely, rhythmic speech, singing, playing simple percussion instruments, and bodily movement are all integrated to facilitate music-making in an organic and meaningful way. Typically, this process may begin through imitation during playing children’s games and rhymes, and through storytelling with accompaniment, movement, and vocalization. Ultimately, music learners conclude with greater potential and preparation for music literacy, improvisation, and self-expression.”