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Ted Wiprud is Director of Education for the New York Philharmonic. Among his duties are staging the Young People's Concert series originally made famous by Leonard Bernstein. Prior to this, he worked for several years doing music education and community outreach work for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, partnering with the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Public Library and places of worship around Brooklyn to bring music into these unconventional spaces. He is also a composer.

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Ted Wiprud, Director of Education for the New York Philharmonic discusses the Philharmonic's Very Young Composer's Program, as well as its School Partnership Program. He discusses how the programs function, the pedagogical techniques involved, and the goals that the Philharmonic hopes to achieve, and then answers audience questions on the topics of early childhood music pedagogy and the operational challenges of instituting programs of this kind.

Shoot Date:
January 31, 2007
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