Dianne Berkun, founder and artistic director, leads the Brooklyn Youth Chorus in the BAMcafé on the last day of the 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival. (Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music)
As school swings back into session — and along with it music lessons for a number of students — we spoke to Brooklyn Youth Chorus founder and artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker about how to get kids to love music. This year marks the 25th season for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, which is currently WQXR’s artist-in-residence and currently teaches 600 students.
“I think for me it’s pretty simple. The thing that’s going to hook students first and foremost is the quality of the music that they’re going to learn. There’s good music and bad music in every genre in every style. If you’re in an education setting, I think your job is to bring quality music to those students, and hopefully arrange music — if you’re working with a culturally diverse population — that takes into account a variety of traditions and musical styles. If they love the music they’re probably going to stay motivated. Full story.