Sunday, January 31, 2010

Summer Arts Institute -- 2010


This summer the program will take place at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens from July 6 through July 30, 2010. The film studio will extend through August 13, 2010.

Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition. Applications must be received by Friday, February 26 at 5:00 p.m. Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2010 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.

Summer Arts Institute is open to all New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in the Fall of 2010. Only students currently enrolled or planning to attend a New York City Department of Education public school for the 2010-11 school year may apply. When necessary, public school enrollment will be verified to determine eligibility.

Click here to access the 2010 Summer Arts Institute program information and student application.

For more information please contact us via e-mail or phone at 212-374-6845.


The Summer Arts Institute is a tuition-free, intensive, four-week arts program for New York City public school students entering grades 8-12, to be held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Astoria, Queens. Students major in dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, film or photography. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their chosen art form. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with master Department of Education arts specialists, partnering cultural organizations, and guest artists. The experienced staff of teachers and artists guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for the next level of their studies: a specialized high school, college, university or conservatory.

Summer Arts Institute focuses on three areas:
- developing students' artistic skills and creativity;
- broadening students' awareness of the arts and;
- helping students recognize and explore career options in the art and arts-related industries.

This intensive summer arts experience connects students to community and cultural resources along with access to careers and lifelong learning in the arts.

The daily schedule includes morning studio work and afternoon experiences with professional artists, on-site and off. In the morning studios, students work at developing and improving their technical skills and creative expression in their selected art form. Afternoons are dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting professional arts venues and exploring potential careers. The Institute culminates with a student visual art and photography exhibit and live performance for families and the local community.

Students who complete the program in good standing are eligible to receive a ½ unit of credit that may be applied towards an elective arts credit or a Regents or local diploma-major sequence upon approval from their school.

For more information please contact us via e-mail or phone at 212-374-684

New High Schools Information Fair

New High Schools Information Fair

Save the date for the New High Schools Information Fair!
8th grade students and their families are invited to meet representatives from the new small high schools opening in September 2010.

Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Emigrant Savings Bank Hall
51 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

Subway: 1, 2, 3 to Chambers Street; A, C to Chambers Street; J, M, Z to Chambers Street; 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall; R to City Hall; E to World Trade Center

Bus: M6, M22 to Chambers Street & Broadway; M103 to Park Row

Thursday, January 7, 2010



Willie Mae Music Lab is a community music and mentoring center for girls and women. The Music Lab offers a wide variety of affordable programs and resources - from music lessons to practice space. The Lab is located at The Coop School in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn.

Click the links below for details & applications for each program

For Girls & Young Women...
For Adult Women...
After School Program (Girls Ages 8 - 18)

Weekly Drop-in Music Jam Session

Weekly Drop-in Music Jam Session
(Girls Ages 12 - 18)
Residency Program for Camper
& Student Bands
For Girls & Adult Women Alike...
Drums, Bass, Electric & Acoustic Guitar,
Keys, Vocals, & more
Drums, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar,
Keys, Amps... Affordable year-long rentals


Music Club is a year-round, after school music and mentoring program for girls. Music Club gives girls and young women ages 8 - 18 the chance to explore a variety of musical instruments, study songwriting, write their own music, play with other young musicians, and have fun in a creative and supportive environment

photo by Kate Englebrecht





Music Club is a program of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program. The mission of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is to empower girls and women through music education and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. The organization operates a summer day camp, after school programs, and community events in New York City.

Starting in January 2010, Music Club will meet weekly for three hours in the afternoon at Willie Mae Music Lab, Rock Camp's new community music center based at The Coop School in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Tuesday Music Club will be for girls in grades 8 - 12 and Wednesday Music Club will be for girls in grades 3 - 7. Drop-off and pick-up times will be flexible to allow for different school schedules and travel time needs.


Based on the acclaimed Rock Camp for Girls summer camp model, each Music Club session will begin with a guided group activity, such as Band Art (making buttons and posters, decorating shirts, other music-related creative design activities).

Students will then have a one-hour Instrument Instruction Workshop focusing on "instrument of the week," with hands-on instruction for each student. Instruments covered over the course of the 8-week semester will include drums, electric bass, electric guitar, keyboards, vocals, and DJ/turntables.

The weekly sessions will conclude with a group music activity, such as a Jam Session / Band Practice, or open mic, giving students additional hands-on time playing instruments as well as the chance to write and play music together as an ensemble.

Music Clubs will have one adult coach who supervises all activities and serves as the group's mentor for the semester. Workshops and classes will be led by the coach and visiting teachers, all of whom are professional women musicians and educators (and many of whom are veteran volunteers from the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls summer camp). Students will set personal and musical goals at the start of each semester, and each semester will end with a concert showcasing their talents, skills and collaborative efforts.

Each Music Club is limited to a maximum of 8 students. Music Club is open to girls with or without previous musical experience, and all instruments are provided.

As in all Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls programs, the values of creativity, leadership, and collaboration will receive strong emphasis. Students' interests will be a guiding force in selecting instruments to explore and group activities - Music Club belongs to girls!

Music Lab Open Houses:
Site visits available in December by appointment

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 4 - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 4 - 6 p.m.

Saturday, January 9, 2010* 3 - 7 p.m.

*Open House & Launch Party

photo by Kate Englebrecht

Music Club Schedule

Tuesday Music Club (Grades 8 - 12)
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Music Club (Grades 3 - 7)
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Drop-off period: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Pick-up period:
5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Winter Semester (8 weeks):
January 20 & 21 - March 9 & 10, 2010

Final concert (tentative date):
March 10


Willie Mae Music Lab is located at The Coop School at 87 Irving Place in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. The building is wheelchair accessible. The closest trains are the C/S trains at Franklin Avenue Station (and Fulton Street).

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$350 Semester

Financial Aid available (see application)

Enrollment includes use of instruments at sessions and deep discounts on instrument loan program for use at home.


Any girl in grades 3 - 12 may apply. No experience necessary.


Please mail paper applications to:
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, 87 Irving Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Application review and enrollment are on a rolling basis.

For more information, write or call (347) 599-0716