Teaching is often a gratifying piece of a successful career for musicians. Many artist-educators have the drive to pay it forward and make a difference in the lives of others and believe in the global impact and importance of the arts in society. Learn how teaching has impacted and enriched the lives and careers of the panelists, the different ways and settings where teaching can be a valuable part of your artistic lifestyle, and how to build your brand, business, and revenue stream as an artist-educator.
4. Embracing the Hyphen: Artist-Educator
Creative Director Otto Gross has performed with various artists including multi-Grammy® award winners Bobby McFerrin and David Sanborn. Otto has toured the U.S. and other countries, leading musicians in performances of all sorts with his animated and engaging style.
With a degree from Berklee College of Music, certifications in Orff-Schulwerk, world drumming and a passion for learning, Otto combines a knowledge of pedagogy with exceptional skill in captivating children and adults. He often does workshops and performances across the country where he interacts with audiences, inspiring a new excitement for music and education.
Bassist, composer, producer, and educator Yonit Spiegelman has received international acclaim for her work both on and off the stage.
Her melodic, soulful, punchy pocket-groove bass lines have been heard on recordings and live stages in collaboration with a variety of artists across multiple genres. Nowadays Yonit takes part in the New York Broadway Musical Production of Six as a bass sub.
Latoya Lewis is the Founding Music and Movement educator at KIPP Pueblo Unido in Los Angeles, CA. She has held this role for 3 years. Prior to her current role she was the founding music educator for Coney Island Prep Elementary in Brooklyn, NY for 3 years and the founding music educator for La Cima Elementary Charter School in Brooklyn, NY for 6 years.
Latoya is a first generation college graduate and is originally from the Bronx, NY. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business from Berklee College of Music in 2010. She also holds a Master of Arts in Music Education with a certification in the Kodály Methodology from Loyola University, Maryland.
Latoya is passionate about sharing her love of music with the students of KIPP Pueblo Unido while creating literate musicians through the joy of learning.
Justin Stoney is the Founder of New York Vocal Coaching, developer of the NYVC Voice Teacher Training Program, and author of the award-winning book "Sing Like Never Before."
Justin has taught thousands of singers and voice teachers from around the world. His clients also include Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award-winning artists. He has been invited as a presenter for lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally for numerous conferences, appeared on multiple media outlets, including NBC, CBS, and ABC, and been featured in multiple publications, including The New York Times, Esquire, and SELF. He is a member of NATS, ViP, PAVA, VASTA, The Voice Foundation, Actors’ Equity, and SAG-AFTRA. Justin also collaborates with leading voice doctors and laryngologists to help bridge the gap between vocal pedagogy and voice medicine.
Justin is devoted to helping all people "Make A Joyful Noise" and passionate about helping Voice Teachers develop their teaching gifts and inspiring them to approach Voice Teaching as a craft and art-form.
Karen Peterson Corash, is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and has received many awards from Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs for her physically integrated choreography. She has created over twenty-five physically integrated, full staged works that have been presented at showcases and festivals in New York City, Atlanta, Cleveland, Brazil, Italy, Scotland, Bosnia, Serbia, Guatemala, Montenegro and Ireland.
She completed additional dance training with the physically integrated dance companies Axis Dance in Oakland, California and Candoco Dance in London, UK.
Karen received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from the New World School of the Arts and also a Coldwell Bankers Cares Award, Citizens Interested in the Arts Award, Cultural Exchange Award from APAP, an American Red Cross-Cultural Award, an Autism Speaks Award, and was named one of the “Queen of the Arts” by the Miami Herald 2014. She has influenced the dance and disability communities in South Florida for 30 years with her dedicated activities of education, creation and presentation of inclusive dance. She received the 2019 Boston Conservatory at Berklee Alumni Entrepreneurial Award for the presentation of “Warmamas” at the Judson Memorial Church, NYC in 2017 and is a Miami-Dade County, Dance Miami Choreographer's Program Winner for 2017 and 2019. KPD has won support from the John and James L. Knight Foundation, The Miami Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts in 2017 - 2022 for The (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th) Forward Motion Dance Festival and Conference of Physically Integrated Dance. Under Karen’s leadership, KPD was named "Miami's Best Dance Company for 2019" by the Miami New Times.
Karen was a Guest Speaker at the Dance/USA Conference in 2017 and is a current member of the Dance USA deaf/disability affinity group.
Karen Corash is a recent recipient for The Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music Alumni Achievement Awards for her “dedicated work in the field and contributions to society” and will receive her award in Boston, March 2022.