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)

Why do you teach? I believe that music, art and all expressions of the imagination are vocabularies of and for our hearts, souls and minds. It is part of being human to practice music and the arts, our whole lives long. When we practice music, the practice itself, the gaining of skill in solitude, and in collaboration with others in class, rehearsal and performance is a healing and challenging and troubling and magical and mysterious and triumphant act, a joining of the spiritus mundi in the present and through time, from past to future.

Teaching Biography: Deb Auer has been an Orff Schulwerk teacher in New York City for 22 years. Early in her career she worked in several different schools but soon had the good fortune to be hired by Turtle Bay Music School where she has taught ever since. Experience: Turtle Bay Music School: Saturday Music Project, 4th - 8th grade + Adults; Music Theory Basics, Elements of Music Making, Adults; Public School Outreach, K - 2nd grade; Tuneful Tots, 2-5 years old. Brooklyn Conservatory of Music: pre-school - 2nd grade. Brooklyn Music School: 1 & 2nd grade. First Step Pre-School, Flatbush, NY: Pre-school. Boy Scouts of America: Acting technique and performance, 10th-12th grade. Education: Cornell University, B.A.; Hunter College, Music Theory, Solfege, Keyboard; Orff Schulwerk certification, Level I & II; Acting Training, Stella Adler; Jazz Training, Barry Harris.

Performance Biography: Deb Auer came to New York City from Ithaca, New York to be an actress. She studied acting with Stella Adler. She has performed in Off-Off-Broadway, avant-garde plays and musicals at P.S. 122, MoMA, Theater for the New City and most notably and thankfully at La MaMa, E.T.C., where she sang in plays by playwright and performer, Jim Neu. She toured the U.S. with the National Shakespeare Company playing Hamlet's mother.

All the time she was acting, she would go to singers' open mics to practice getting up in front of an audience. One day Deb met the saxophone player Bob Feldman, and he said, "You should go check out Barry Harris's workshop at the Jazz Cultural Theater." She's had the good fortune to study with Dr. Harris ever since. She has sung jazz in bars and rooms, many gone but not forgotten. Remember St. Marks Bar & Grille, The C-Note, Gizzi's, The Last Resort, First on First? In the past few years, she has been performing at Pangea's on 2nd Avenue, and will soon be at Russian Samovar on W. 52nd St.

Deb loves to swing, sing the blues and Monk tunes and put on a show! Most of all, she loves the musicians she is honored to play with and the audiences who come to listen and enjoy.