Anita Brown


Educational Services

Operation Dovetail - Presentation for Veterans

As a result of my research while composing Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra, which included meeting a talking to so many Marines and other combat veterans, I became inspired to find a way to assist those who return with PTSD through introducing them to the creative process. While there are programs that are in place for those who already write, draw or paint, this program is for those with no experience in the creative process, and embraces those who have already begun to explore creativity as a worthwhile facet of their lives. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Operation Dovetail is a program I have developed for the purpose of introducing returning combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the creative process.There is no pre-requisite for experience in the arts for participating in this program, contrary to others designed for veterans aspiring to be artists or writers. The mission of this program is to invite all combat veterans to participate in simple activities designed to illustrate how they might explore this notion on their own time, and encourage greater interest in creative activity. A website will be designed to connect participating veterans with veteran and civilian artists and artisans in order to find creative outlets they enjoy. The underlying philosophy behind this program is that engaging in the creative process can improve the quality of life and foster a sense of empowerment. While only one facet of a plan for healing the traumatic and life-changing, unseen wounds of war, it is one that I hope will serve these brave and noble Americans well, as time goes on. This program does not exclude civilians with PTSD, rather, it will first be offered to recently returning combat veterans, in honor of their inspiring the idea. For promotional materials outlining this program in greater detail, please e-mail me at ~AB All Rights Reserved, 2011 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

<br>EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND - Private Study & Clinics

Anita Brown is a seasoned, New York State Certified Music Teacher and Award-Winning Composer. Holding Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education, she began teaching music in the schools while still in undergraduate school in 1983. Her extensive career in Music Education included posts in New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York, which encompassed responsibilities in all aspects of elementary and secondary choral and instrumental music. From her extensive experience in curriculum development she designed hands-on experiences in performance and composition for both in-school and private students. With her acceptance to the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop, (NYC) in 1995, Brown turned her attention to her calling as a jazz composer. As a contributing composer through 2003, she received considerable recognition and acclaim as one of the workshop’s finest composers. Ms. Brown lectures at high schools, universities and professional conferences, covering topics from career options to her creative process in composition. As a private studio teacher she has been serving Rockland and Westchester County, NY and Bergen County, NJ families since 1985. Brown is considered a specialist for beginner and intermediate level students on several band instruments as well as piano and guitar. Her management system workbook, “The Music Students’ Companion” (scroll down for further details) assists students and families with strategies for success through their musical journey and is praised by renowned music educator and author, Alphonse Tatarunis, Ed.D. Brown enjoys incorporating elements of composition in her private lessons with young people. She believes it motivates them to become more engaged in their studies, reinforces their skills in reading notation with concrete activities and empowers them with tools for self-expression. This approach is the basis for an original, supplementary curriculum, “The Composer Residency Project,” assisting the school music teacher in bringing students through the process of composition through age-appropriate activities and culminating in a guest residency with her. Ms. Brown has taught coursework in Music Education at Concordia College, Bronxville, NY and Jazz Arranging at LIU Brooklyn, NY. Currently she is a member of the jazz faculty at both Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY and New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NY, teaching undergraduate and graduate studies in Jazz Composition & Arranging, respectively. Her critically acclaimed, independently released CD, “27 EAST” and information about “The Composer Residency Project,” “The Music Student’s Companion” and other products are available via e-mail and telephone. Click on "Contact." Anita is currently accepting students at the beginner and intermediate levels on piano, trumpet, flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and music theory, in her Rockland home-studio and in your Westchester home (travel fee may apply). NYSSMA participation is encouraged for all school-aged students residing in New York State. Ms. Brown is also accepting intermediate to advanced students on piano, in jazz composition and arranging, college audition and/or portfolio preparation. Serving college level composition students from New Jersey City University, Sarah Lawrence College and Temple University. Please call or e-mail for rates and policy agreements.

<br>Private Study: Weekly Music Lessons - Instrumental Lessons for Young & Novice Students

Music Lessons are available for residents of Westchester and Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ. Free pdf download. Offering beginner to intermediate studies for all ages in piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, saxophone, trombone and percussion. Age-appropriate introduction to composition incorporated into studies. NYSSMA participation encouraged for all school-aged students. Beginner to advanced studies in music theory and jazz composition and arranging. Private study available for college music majors. Serving Westchester, Rockland & Bergen Counties since 1985. “Brown has been a familiar face in Edgemont as a substitute teacher and as a private music instructor in the Scarsdale area for many years. She has succeeded in bringing her love for jazz and composing into the classroom...”
--The Scarsdale Inquirer, June 18, 2004 “Our 9-year-old son began with Anita Brown only a short time ago. In that time, however, she has helped him make a smooth transition from his last teacher's materials to her own repertoire and system of teaching. She took the time to get to know his musical taste and interests and has tailored his lessons accordingly. He has particularly enjoyed learning about theory and composition, subjects his previous teachers did not cover. She is encouraging and supportive and ends each lesson by letting him choose fun stickers. We look forward to watching our son thrive in piano lessons with this bright, well-rounded and professional teacher.”
--The Professional-Musician-Parents of David, including a Jingle-Writing-Dad, June 16, 2008
"Anita has been teaching our daughter Piano for three years, and Clarinet for one. She looks forward to Tuesdays and her lesson and her conversations with Anita. She has always loved music, but Anita brings it out in her. Anita makes her work, and she makes sure she takes it seriously, which I think makes Anita a good teacher. We look forward to another year starting in September."
--The Kostroff Family, June 19, 2008
"Anita has been teaching my son piano for the last 4 years and alto saxophone for the last year. She is a terrific, highly skilled, and energetic teacher who takes such pride in her students. She has provided Matt with a great foundation in musical studies. Her philosophy works well for us - he is hungry to learn and her knowledge and integration of music theory into his lessons has made him truly appreciate music as well as become a fine player. Whether it's playing scales, practicing band music, working on mechanics for technique, or just playing his favorites, Matt enjoys all that she brings to him each week. She makes music fun (this year she even integrated some CD background music for Sax) and to me that is what it's all about. "
--The Rappaport Family, July 29, 2008
"I am a music teacher in the Rye Neck UFSD and have known Anita for more than 10 years. She is a brilliant composer, arranger, and music educator. Ms. Brown has taught both of my children private piano lessons and has given them both a superb well rounded start as musicians. Anita teaches with incredible creativity, variety, and energy that few others can match. Anita has influenced my own teaching and approach to working with students in a very positive way. I can't recommend her highly enough! Thank you Anita!"
--Craig Peterson, Rye Neck Public Schools, September 22, 2008

“My son and I have taken music lessons from Anita Brown for about 8 years. I have studied piano, while my son has studied trumpet as well as piano. Anita has an ability to communicate complex musical concepts in a straightforward and easy to understand way. She began teaching my son when he was very young and has been able to move from teaching him basics to addressing the integration of all the instruments he plays so he can see the interrelationships between them.
Because she has not only studied music but also composes and performs, Anita brings many talents to her lessons. This has added considerably to our musical education. As a result of her outside activities, Anita is able to add a whole different dimension to her instruction. We have been able to see her jazz orchestra play and my son has been able to take special lessons from notable trumpet players. Anita knows a whole community of musicians who inform her work and are a tremendous resource for her students.
For myself, learning piano with Anita has been a wonderful experience. I had taken lessons with several teachers before, but was never able to advance beyond rudimentary skills. With Anita, I have developed both a depth of understanding of music and music theory and the ability to apply that understanding to a wide range of musical genres.
It has been a pleasure studying with Anita and we look forward to continuing to do so.”
C. Harary & Family, September 22, 2008

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The Music Student's Companion - Management System - Free PDF

This is a management system designed to assist private music teachers, parents and students get the most out of their private music study. Beginning with space for lesson assignments and daily practice logs, this supplement to any method functions as a reference for elements of music theory, offers activity sheets in drawing musical characters and introduces young students to the process of composition.

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"The Music Student's Companion really covers all the bases. It not only chronicles practice time but it assists the teacher in having an immediate way to present elementary theory concepts and to provide the student with the opportunity for some musical creativity. I like the first few pages of The Companion where the student is given a plan of action for practice. I don't think many private teachers ever cover such an important issue. The Music Student's Companion is really a management system for the teacher to monitor a student's progress and to show the student where s/he must concentrate his/her effort for continued progress and to reward the student who is progressing favorably. Congrats. -- Good stuff! Well thought through and above all, extremely functional."
--Al M.Tatarunis, Ed. D., Co-author of Teaching Music in Today's Secondary Schools

Private Study: Composition - Jazz composition, arranging and orchestration

Private lessons are available in composition, arranging and orchestration for composers of all levels living in the Metropolitan New York vicinity. All e-mail inquiries answered. Click on Contact. Serving college level composition students from New Jersey City University, Sarah Lawrence College and Temple University.


Ms. Brown is available for guest lectures for music programs of all levels, including upper level High School Music Theory classes and College Jazz Programs.

An experienced conductor of ensembles at every level of expertise, Brown is available as a Guest Conductor for school Concert Band and Jazz programs of all levels.

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra is available for performances and clinics for your school, performing arts center or community organization.

Clinics for School Music Programs - "What Does A Composer Do?" - Free PDF

This short, hands-on clinic was designed for school music programs entitled "What Does A Composer Do?" Using an age-appropriate presentation, Brown displays hand sketches and scores, plays excerpts of her melodies in person followed by the recording of the same orchestrated excerpt. Time permitting, student musicians may be selected to participate in demonstration. The creative process is simplified to clear, easy steps in order to entice and inspire young students of all interests, grades K-12. Q&A follows the presentation. Optional follow-up activities are provided for the classroom teacher.

The Composer Residency Project - Student & Teacher Texts - Free PDF

Designed to accommodate students in secondary school instrumental music programs, this curriculum is designed to introduce and bring students through the process of composition using their instruments, their own level of expertise as musicians, pencil and paper. No computers. This process has generated great excitement and a sense of empowerment for students participating in the pilot programs.

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"Working with Anita Brown was an incredible experience for my seventh and eighth grade band students. She is a talented composer/performer with patience, organization and pedagogical delivery of a master teacher. I was amazed to see how Anita's plan for individual instruction allowed every student, at every level to be successful. This project has changed the way my students look at and listen to music. They now have a new pathway for self-expression, which is one sure way to deter deviant behavior." --Laura Mazziotti, Middle School Band Director "I never expected to learn the high note fingerings on my clarinet." --Amber, 8th grade, clarinet "You taught me about rhythmic displacement!" --Bessa, 8th grade, French horn "We're definitely copyrighting our song!" --David, 8th grade, trombone

<br><br>Let's Compose! - Student & Teacher Texts - Free PDF

Designed to accommodate students in elementary school recorder or flutophone programs, this curriculum is a simplification of The Composer Residency Project, both of which are designed to introduce and bring students through the process of composition using their recorders/flutophones, their own level of understanding, pencil and paper. No computers. This process has generated great excitement and a sense of empowerment for students participating in the pilot programs.
See some photos from this Spring's most recent residency project in the photo gallery!

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“Ms. Brown's system to teach composition to novices gives one the feeling that ANYBODY can compose music! Even lacking the skill to play an instrument well, using her method, my Third Grade students composed many pleasing melodies. This proved very rewarding for them. Their ownership in the final product was evident in their desire to hear their OWN music performed. The looks on their faces were priceless. --Karen Bartholomew, K-4 Music Teacher " 'Let's Compose!' was a positive experience for my students. Anita Brown brought composition down to a third grade level so that each student was able to write and play a tune. Every student participated in the lesson. Anita's enthusiasm was contagious, and the students became as excited about music as she was. I would recommend this program. 'Let's Compose!' sparked an interest in music in all students." --Allison Stager , 3rd Grade Teacher “The children loved composing their own music. They fed off of Ms. Brown's enthusiasm. The enjoyment of hearing what they composed was engaging." --Carolyn Kerwin, 3rd Grade Teacher “Since she taught me how to read music a little better, I’m looking forward to playing an instrument next year.” --Geri, 3rd grade, flutophone “I wasn’t interested in music, but when she taught me to write music, I got more interested.” --Samantha, 3rd grade, flutophone “Now that you’ve taught me to how to write music, maybe someday I’ll be a composer.” --Jack, 3rd grade, flutophone