Meet Neil Ginsberg

by Natasha Bhandari

August 28th, 2013

Neil Ginsberg

Neil Ginsberg

Neil Ginsberg joins Avenues this fall as a Middle School and Upper School vocal music teacher. He comes to us from the Essex Street Academy High School in New York, where he has spent three years as a music teacher, teaching general music and acting as an adviser to students in grades 9-12. He created a curriculum for general music classes that included keyboard, music history, theory, musical theater, research, songwriting and guitar. His passion for teaching music stretched past the school day, as he conducted an after-school rock band and glee club and produced talent shows, concerts and assembly performances.

Before Essex Street Academy, Neil was with the Harlem Day Charter School, where he taught general music to kindergarten students through fifth grade and created a music program in collaboration with classroom teachers that included a variety of curricular themes. He also conducted an afterschool chorus.

Prior to Harlem Day, Neil spent eight years with the Brooklyn Friends School as a music teacher and co-chair of the performing arts department. Besides teaching general music, drama and musical theater and being a student advisor, he also directed musicals and productions at the school. He was also a founding music director and teaching artist at the Urban Youth Theater, Henry Street Settlement. He was the recipient of a “Meet the Composer” grant to write and direct original musicals with Urban Youth Theater students.

Neil began teaching music as a chorus teacher in the Comprehensive Model School project in New York, where he taught chorus and general music for sixth and seventh graders, as well as producing holiday concerts. He also leads teacher training workshops for Opera America, Southern Connecticut State University, the International Schools Theater Association and the NYC Department of Education.

Neil received a B.A. in music education, with choral emphasis, from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford (Hartford CT) and has an M.A. in music education from Brooklyn College (New York, NY). He also has a graduate certificate in composition from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).

Neil is a composer, with more than 50 choral works published for children and adults. He has also composed music for a variety of theater and film productions. In addition, he has been the pianist and musical director for a number of Off-Broadway shows, including Forever Plaid and Nunsense; for regional theaters including Hartford Stage and Westport Country Playhouse; and for summer stock theaters.

Outside of work Neil enjoys traveling, biking, yoga and spending time with his three-year-old daughter, Tabitha.

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