How Music Teachers Can Harness Social Media

The students at P.S. 22 in Staten Island can attest to the power of social media. Their music classes have been videotaped, broadcast, and shared online for the past 4 years. In that time, more than 10 MILLION people have watched these students perform. They’ve sung some of the most popular songs of that year, classics, and pretty much everything else.

The students know just how important it is to deliver a fantastic performance but also how to have fun. As you can see from some of the songs below, there’s no shortage of enthusiasm.

Newsweek recently sat down with the class’ teacher, Greg Breinburg, to discuss how exactly he harnessed social media sites like YouTube to share the talents of his class. In this first video, the class even performs the students’ most-requested song ‘Man in the Mirror’ in honor of the passing of Michael Jackson.

We’re guessing there’s countless other inspiring stories like P.S. 22. Feel free to let us know about them in the comments or via Twitter @edudemic.

Newsweek’s Piece On P.S. 22

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Winning Awards

The PS22 Chorus accepted its Webby Special Achievement Award as Artist of The Year recently. The ceremony was held at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, and was hosted by B.J. Novak of The Office. R&B icon Ne-Yo presented the chorus their award as you can see from his introduction here: