Anita Brown


Educational Services

<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.