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Island Trees Music Teacher Presents at All-State Conference

ITHS teacher Peter Hansen recently attended the NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference. Credit: Island Trees Schools
ITHS teacher Peter Hansen recently attended the NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference. Credit: Island Trees Schools
Mr. J. Peter Hansen, Island Trees High School and Memorial Middle School music theory/classroom specialist teacher, was chosen to be a clinician at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Annual All-State Winter Conference, held in Rochester from Nov. 29 through Dec. 3.

The workshop was entitled “Teaching Music with a Little Help from the Beatles."  Through the use of Beatles compositions and media presentations, the workshop featured techniques on how to use songs from the Beatles to teach elements of music such as melody, harmony, meter, polyrhythms, orchestration, style analysis, ethnic music, and music history, with can be applied to the music workshop classroom as well as Music theory, AP Music Theory. 

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Mr. Hansen is a frequent clinician at many music conferences, and is also noted for his large number of composition students being chosen to have their compositions featured at the “Student Electronic Music Composition Showcase,"  a highlight at the NYSSMA All-State Conference.

 Mr. Hansen will also be featured as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) online composition mentor for the month of March which also happens to be “Music In Our Schools Month” (MIOSM). 

Submitted by Susan Oliveto, Island Trees High School Music Department Chairperson.

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