Mr. Neuman has been adjunct faculty and guest lecturers at Hunter College (City University of New York), St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn, NY), and both Universidad Central and Universidad de San Francisco (Quito, Ecuador). He has delivered lectures and interactive classes on brass technique, music in film, jazz improvisation, music and poetry, music and dance, music theory, and Latin American music. Musicworks teaching artists work regularly with adults recovering from substance abuse at the Good News Home for Women. Here participants engage with a variety of musical styles, deconstructing lyrics and musical structures to make therapeutic connections to their own recovery. Our ensembles also present small setting concerts on site. We also have extensive experience working with seniors and adults suffering from dementia, including a long partnership with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Presenting workshops at residential facilities (80th Street Residence, Hearthstone Alzheimer Care), senior centers, (Dorot Memory Tree, New York Memory Center) and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Musicworks employs a combination of instrumental music, lyrics and poetry, call and response, and intergenerational ensembles to provide dynamic programming. These presentations are geared towards seniors themselves, but also model techniques and materials that caregivers and family members can continue to use on their own.
“Musicworks is a truly innovative and compelling program, led by the inimitable Jesse Neuman, whose passion for music education and ability to connect with students of all ages is second to none.” -Pete Robbins, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music