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Teaching the Teachers a Lesson In Music

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By Faith Jessie.
Teachers spend the entire school year instructing students but area music teachers were the ones sitting at the pupil's desk on Friday.

Over 50 music teachers from across the region came out to a workshop at Maine-Endwell Middle School.

Participants were hoping to brush up their skills, and take away some new ones to freshen up their lessons.

The instructors were introduced to new forms of musical expression to improve learning in the classroom.

"Being able to share... she may have a wonderful idea that I've never thought about before... I can take it home and share it with my students..that whole collaboration and being able to better ourselves so that we can better our students," Robin DeSantis,Former NYS Band Director.

Teachers participated in workshops, like an African drum and dance class.

They also learned about new programs like Smart Music, a new technology to enhance their lessons.