UMBC Faculty Violinist Airi Yoshioka Honored for Music Education and Outreach
Assistant Professor of Music Airi Yoshioka was recently honored with the McGraw-Hill Companies’ Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach. The $10,000 award recognizes outstanding musicianship and includes a program of her live performances on prominent New York City classical music radio station WQXR.
A violinist and graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Yoshioka plans to use her award to start a Web site for music teachers and music education majors with resources for exploring teaching skills and personal development as a musician.
She has created two programs at UMBC that provide music majors teaching experience in local elementary schools. Teaching Artist Fellows collaborate with classroom teachers to give each child an opportunity to make connections with music from his or her own perspective. Instrumental Fellows learn to teach their respective instruments in a group setting. (The Teaching Artist Fellowship was originally known as the Burchard Fellowship, in honor of Robert Burchard, professor emeritus of biological sciences, who established the award.)
Yoshioka has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. She was an original member and concertmaster of The New Juilliard Ensemble, is a founder of the Damocles Trio and a member of various new music ensembles, including Ruckus, UMBC’s resident new music ensemble. Yoshioka taught music at New York City public schools through the Morse Fellowship program, Lincoln Center Institute and the New York Philharmonic, and brings her aesthetic education work to Japan this fall.
UMBC Teaching Artist and Instrumental Fellows often pursue careers in education. For example, Charlene Woo ’05 received a master’s degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University and is currently teaching in a first grade classroom where every student takes music lessons. Robert Zuzin ’06 has built a reputable guitar studio while sustaining an extensive performing career.
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