Deborah Auer

About: Deborah Auer

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  • Role : Early Childhood
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  • Specialist in : Tuneful/Orff Schulwerk Instruction, Saturday Music Project Faculty (Orff), and Creative Aging (Orff)

Instrument you teach: Orff Schulwerk: music fundamentals using percussion, voice, and movement

Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? Jazz vocals, piano, guitar, and xylophone


Cornell University (B.A.)

Hunter College – Music Theory

Stella Adler – Theater

Barry Harris – Jazz

Where are you from? Born in Berkeley, CA; moved around; lived in Ithaca, NY for 10 years, then NYC! Home!

Favorite age group to teach: ALL!

Favorite style of music to teach: Ensemble, Orff, jazz, and Roots music

Favorite song: Kermit’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green”

Favorite piece of music: The Lydian Movement (3rd) of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

Favorite food: Baked potato and sour cream

Favorite color: Green

Do you have any pets? (Describe them!) Pearl and Dinah – The Puff Sisters. Very furry, friendly cats.

What’s your favorite musical memory? My mother playing the piano – Chopin’s Ballades, Bach’s Italian Concerto, Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata…

What do you like best about teaching music? Connecting with people in joy. Feeling like the joy I feel in music will carry on and forward in my students.

Who is your favorite composer or musician? Bessie Jones: the woman who taught early African American children’s games and songs – and kept them alive for us.

What was the first piece of music you ever learned? I remember singing “Oh, you’ll take the high road & I’ll take the low road…” from “The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond.”

How many hours a day do you practice? One to three hours a day, two to four on weekends.

How long have you been at TBMS? Since 1996.

Accomplishments: Have been performing lately at Pangea’s in the East Village. Past venues in NYC include; LaMama Experimental Theater Club; P.S. 122; Museum of Modern Art; jazz bars that have come and gone. I attend jazz workshops with the great pianist Barry Harris and sit in at sessions at the Jazz Foundation held at the Local 802 Union Hall.

Fun facts: Music is in all of us. We can make music our whole lives long.