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About Mr. Larry E. Newman
Larry Newman is the Founder and Director of Children's Music Workshop. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education, cum laude degree from Temple University's College of Music, a California teaching credential and a Master of Arts in Music Performance from Eastern Illinois University. In 2012, Mr. Newman received that institution's "Outstanding Graduate Alumni" award.
Formerly an instrumental music teacher in the Philadelphia School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Santa Monica-Malibu Public Schools, Mr. Newman has supervised music programs in more than one-hundred public and private institutions from the Kindergarten through college levels.
Larry Newman is a five-time Los Angeles area Emmy award winner and seven-time Emmy nominee for his annual television special - Orchestra Kids. The documentary features the All School Elementary Honor Orchestra and their annual concerts from UCLA's renowned Schoenberg Concert Hall.
Mr. Newman was recently honored by the Los Angeles City Council at City Hall for his contributions to music education in Los Angeles. He was also featured on CityView's Channel 35 series, "Faces of LA". Mr. Newman is a recipient of the Lori Petrick Excellence in Education Award from the Palisades Charter Schools Foundation. The award is underwritten by the Boone Foundation - a philanthropic group whose mission is to support "passionate people who provide excellent programs to youth". Larry Newman was nominated for a BRAVO Award, established by the Music Center of Los Angeles County to recognize individuals for innovation and excellence in arts education.
As a professional trumpet player, Larry Newman has toured The United States, Canada and Japan with The Glenn Miller Orchestra® under the direction of Larry O'Brien, performed in The Claridge Hotel Casino Orchestra in Atlantic City under the direction of Jack Six and sailed the Caribbean and Northwest with the S/S Norway Big Band and other cruise ship orchestras.
He has backed such star entertainers as Dizzy Gillespie, Jack Jones, Florence Henderson, Jerry Lewis, Billy Eckstine, The Fifth Dimension, Al Martino, Shirley Jones, The Lettermen, Jim Nabors, Jerry Van Dyke, Jim Stafford, Michel Legrand, Clark Terry, Cab Calloway, George Kirby, Margaret Whiting, Benny Carter, The Four Aces, The Modernaires, Bobby Rydell, Joe Williams, Roger Williams, Slide Hampton, The Smothers Brothers, Fred Travalena, Rita Moreno and others.
Mr. Newman worked as a trumpet instructor on the Universal release, Ray, starring Jamie Foxx as well as the movie, Anywhere But Here, starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman.
Mr. Newman is author of more than 250 books and musical arrangements for the elementary music student including the Recorder Fun Book - one of the top classroom recorder methods in the country. It is used in hundreds of elementary schools throughout the United States. He is also the author of the Violin Fun Book and Beginning Band Fun Books - group method books used in all Children's Music Workshop music programs and available world-wide on amazon.com
For more information, please visit www.musicfunbooks.com