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Performing Arts School Faculty Joyce Alexander Receives 2016-2017 Musikgarten Exemplary Program Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ Performing Arts School (PAS) faculty member Joyce Alexander is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Musikgarten Exemplary Program Award. Musikgarten, the award-winning leader in early childhood music education, has recognized a number of teachers for their outstanding Musikgarten studios and contributions to music education in their communities. As one of 75 programs in North America to receive this prestigious award, this recognition signifies that Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts offers a full complement of Musikgarten classes for children from birth to 9 years of age.

“Parents know how important music education is and they choose Musikgarten specifically for our deeply researched, proven approach that helps nurture social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development in their children,“ says Musikgarten founder, Dr. Lorna Heyge.
For more information on early childhood music course offerings at Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, visit www.WhartonArts.org or call 908-790-0700.

Joyce Alexander is a Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Montclair State University and has also studied voice, theory, and performance at The New School in New York City. Alexander received the Department of Music David Ott Scholarship and Outstanding Student Music Therapist Award while at Montclair State University. She has advanced teacher training in Kindermusik and Musikgarten. Alexander has served as music therapist in several settings including Bayonne Public Schools, Regional Day School (Morristown), American Day Treatment Center (Verona), Essex County Hospital (Cedar Grove), and S.A.G.E. (Berkeley Heights). She is currently the Early Childhood Music Coordinator at Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts.

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Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Musikgarten specializes in early childhood music and movement programs for children from birth to age 9 and group piano for both children and adults. The Musikgarten curriculum is widely recognized as essential in helping young children develop critical learning, social, emotional, and physical skills. For more information, visit www.musikgarten.org.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony which serve 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WIPA offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WIPA’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best. 

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