Teaching artists bridge the gap between abstraction and realization of the artistic experience by putting themselves (literally) close to, and within the audience, and by inviting student to touch, hear, and see how a performing ensemble works. Director Jesse Neuman has led weekly early-childhood music classes at the 92nd St. YMHA and St. Barts Preschool, and currently acts as a visiting artist for for at risk students attending the Millhill Family and Childhood Development Center in Trenton, NJ. As a regular volunteer at Homefront, a campus and resource center for local homeless families, Mr. Neuman brings singing, dancing, and beginner instrumental sessions, as well as visits from student performers. At elementary schools like PS. 80, Princeton Day School, Kent Place, and the Children's Village residential facility, Musicworks has developed curriculum which include putting music to stories, introducing world cultures, addressing bullying and social dynamics via an ensemble, and understanding the process of improvisation.
“Jesse Neuman, in addressing rooms filled with people of all ages/backgrounds, has an incredible knack for combining improvisation and preparation to carry the message that music belongs to all of us..." -Rob Jost, Sesame Street