The Division of Continuing Studies is pleased to announce that Heather Jo Wingate is our new Pre-College Programs + Outreach Coordinator. Wingate joins us from the Delaware Art Museum, where she has been running courses and camps for youth and adults as Studio Programs Manager.|
Wingate has a BFA in Painting/Drawing and an MA in Museum Education from the University of the Arts. She has worked with students and artists of all ages as a teacher, manager and mentor. She has been teaching in Pre-College Programs and the Professional Institute for Educators since 2006. Wingate actively exhibits her artwork at local galleries, boutiques and cafes such as Padlock, Topstitch, Chapterhouse and Amberella.
We also send our best wishes to Rosi Dispensa, former Coordinator and part of the Pre-College team in various capacities since 2004. Dispensa left to pursue her artwork and continue her education, but she will be returning to the classroom this summer to teach Darkroom Photography II in the Pre-College Summer Institute.
The Continuing Education Teaching Artist Certificate is an unprecedented program inclusive of all the arts: visual, performing, literary, media and crafts. Recognizing the role of the artist as a vital component of PreK-12 educational reform, the program was designed by the University of the Arts and the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
This research-based certificate program will build the knowledge and capacity of artists to work alongside teachers and arts specialists in PreK-12 classrooms and community settings to create and implement best practices residency programs that support learning in and through the arts.
Redesigned for fall 2010, the Teaching Artist Certificate program can now be completed in four semesters. For more information about the course requirements and application process, visit the Certificate Programs section of our website. The fall 2010 application deadline is Friday, September 17, 2010.
On display on the 9th Floor of Terra Hall (211 S. Broad) is the work of Teaching Artist Certificate students Erin McGee Ferrell, Tremain Smith and Mark Wong. Join us for the exhibition reception on Wednesday, April 7 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Hors d\'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
Also on display is the work of Pre-College instructor Jessica Frye and her Saturday Arts Lab students Ruja Ballard, Allison Burns, Eyana Burton, Decotis Gianfranco, Denise Drayton, Priscilla Drayton, Charles Forrest, Tiaza Hill, Kaitlin Johnson, Lena Keys, Khari McClary, Heaven Thomas, Phoenix Ward and Taylor Weisman.
"I am a jazz musician because of what it represents: artistry, dedication, diligence to craft, creativity, and spontaneity," Binek said. A dedicated and accomplished performer, Binek has expertise in both jazz and classical music on voice, piano, saxophone and steel pans. He has also directed many instrumental and choral ensembles in a variety of styles, and is Director for the University of the Arts Jazz Singers.
While pursuing his Master\'s degree, Binek was greatly influenced by his voice teacher, Diana Spradling. She was beginning the research on her groundbreaking book, Jazz Singing: Developing Artistry and Authenticity and encouraged Binek to think about every aspect of his musicianship - to analyze how he sang a scat solo both in terms of theory and vocal technique, for example. When Binek realized he had a passion for teaching, he incorporated some of Spradling\'s techniques and provided his own spin on her ideas and philosophies. In 2007, he was the recipient of the President\'s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Junior Faculty Member at the University of the Arts.
As an instructor, Binek enjoys helping students find their "voice," and is a firm believer in classical training for all singers. While singing jazz is a stylistic choice, he believes it shouldn\'t be at the expense of technique. "Too often jazz musicians - especially singers - tend to think that there is a 'jazz sound,' a smoky, overly affected, frankly boring approach to singing," he said. "I pride myself on being able to help my students be effective jazz stylists while still singing like themselves."
In addition to his roles as performer, conductor and instructor, Binek also has a long list of compositions and arrangements. He is a frequent presenter at local, regional, national and international conferences and festivals. "Jazz music is refined technique combined with raw passion," Binek added. "It is creative improvisation within an intricate framework. It is spending hours in the practice room working on minute details so that the performance can be completely free and open. It gives me balance, and it gives me a reason to wake up smiling every morning."
This summer, Binek is teaching for the Pre-College Summer Institute Music Studies program. From July 12 - 16, the Instrumental week is dedicated to improving a student\'s ability on their instrument or voice while developing skills and understanding of playing contemporary styles. Week two is Jazz Performance, July 19 - 23. Students further explore their technique while playing and performing jazz in small groups, large ensembles and improv groups while studying theory and ear training. Students have the choice of enrolling in either week alone, or participating in both weeks from July 12 - July 23.
Continuing Education at the University of the Arts was named the Philadelphia region's "Best Adult Classes" in the 2009 Best of Philly issue of Philadelphia magazine.
The article reads: "The Continuing Education program at UArts isn't exactly a time tunnel back to your carefree college days, but you will feel that old rush of excitement (a world of possibility!) when presented with the chance to see if you might be a poetry genius or a budding Ralph Lauren. And should you realize after a couple of classes that you're not, at least this time you're not blowing through the dough Mom and Dad worked years to save. Choose from any number of courses and weekend workshops-encouraging instructors guide students through everything from screen-printing to torch-fired enamel jewelry design."
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