PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Teachers from Rye Neck High School, New Rochelle High School and Yonkers' Riverside High School will head to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week courtesy of the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester and HeadCount .
The three teachers will attend the week-long Summer Teacher Institute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The institute is designed to help educators connect their curriculum with popular music
David Grazioli is a mathematics teacher at Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck who often compares music to mathematical concepts. He has used the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's logo to teach geometry concepts. In his application to the program, he wrote, "We are constantly told to create lessons that cater to the different learning styles and ‘intelligences’ of our students. Music is one of those ‘intelligences’ that is under-utilized in most of our classrooms, and I would like to learn how to effectively incorporate it into my mathematics classroom.”
Martin Billig is a resident of White Plains and teaches American history, sociology and philosophy at New Rochelle High School. Every day he plays three or four Songs of the Day, with each song related to a theme of that day's lesson. He also plays guitar.
Richard Kauffman is a resident of Mahopac, N.Y. and teaches English literature at Riverside High School in Yonkers. He incorporates music and lyrics into his lesson whenever he can. He is also a trained musician and has played in various rock bands over the past 30 years.
The teachers were chosen from more than two dozen applicants for scholarships that include tuition, lodging and travel. The scholarships are paid for by the Capitol Theatre's Capitol Community Fund, which the theatre established with the non-profit HeadCount. Funds for the scholarship were raised by auctioning off the Presidential Box seats for concerts.
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