The New York Times on August 7, 2006 asks:
How Educational Is Art?
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has been awarded a $1 million grant from the United States Department of Education to conduct research into whether students' problem-solving skills are improved by studying art.
Last month the museum released results from another federally financed study that found measurable improvements in a range of literacy skills and critical thinking among students who took part in a program in which the Guggenheim sends artists into schools.
That study, now in its second year, interviewed hundreds of New York third graders, comparing the skills of those who had participated in the Guggenheim program, called Learning Through Art, and those who did not.
The issue is of particular importance at a time when federal education policies have led to cuts in many public-school arts programs.
The new study, which will focus on 18 classes of fifth graders throughout
the city, will look at the effects of art education on skills like
breaking down a problem into parts, and decision-making.
Welcome to KasperMusic
While this website has only been around for two years, Jocelyn and Jonathan Kasper have been teaching music for a combined total of 56 years.
Though the Kaspers are not as young as their Niece Lily (below), they're young at heart, and they know a lot more now than they did at age 2!
Live Performances Calendar - See what Jocelyn and Jonathan Kasper have been up to on stage! Students, come hear your teachers perform. New listings are added frequently. Make sure you're signed up on our email list.
Mandatory Enrollment Application - We've gone electronic! Please fill out our easy online form, so we have all your contact information in one place. It's interactive and will change as you start typing. Don't wait! It's fun! And it's a requirement each year for each student.
If you have a comment, question or suggestion, please feel free to Contact Us in the manner that is most convenient for you.
Ella has really enjoyed the camp! Thank you- M. G.
Grace is having a great time and came home last night wanting to play more guitar!- J. S.
You have always been a constant in my life for the past 11 years. I am so grateful for all you have taught me, not only musically but in life as well. Taking lessons with you has helped me break out of my shell and become more confident in myself.- R. M.
[Joceyn Kasper] was such a great teacher and always so wonderfully positive! Never judged. I still remember things she taught me all those decades ago..these years I’ve found my voice again. Singing makes a person healthy and happy!- J. R.
You are such a resource and inspiration to my being.- H. S.
I got a book a while back: "A Classical Approach to Jazz Piano." I looked closely at it in the store, to be sure that I could deal with it, and thanks to my brief tenure with Jocelyn Kasper, I saw that I could.- B. T.
I loved my lessons with Ms. Kasper. She always made me feel like a good piano player, even though I wasn't!- A. J.
Thank you so much for teaching Jackson. He loved you as a teacher and he learned so much. He loves the instrument as a result and you were great with the kids! Thanks again,- L. S.
Many thanks for your great teaching ability!! Carter very much enjoyed your class!- A. C.
Glad to see that Graham enjoys this and is actually learning something (thanks to you!). I'll need to be better about helping him stick to a practice schedule. Thanks again,- R. I.
Thanks for a great year. Kiran really enjoyed it and… is keen to buy an electric guitar.- M. T.
Thank you so much for working with Mack this year. He has improved so much and he loves guitar! You do a great job with him. He needs direction and consistent discipline and he repsonds VERY WELL to you! It is amazing to see his interest and focus as you…- B.F.H.
Thank you for a wonderful year!- K. H.
Thank you so much for teaching my son… the guitar. Will loved taking lessons and I enjoyed watching his growing appreciation for music. I enjoyed the recital and appreciate all the hard work you have done. Thank you so much for all you added to our lives.- J. H. H.
Landon loved his first lesson. I was amazed how much he learned in a 30 minute lesson. :)- M. C.
You are the best teacher ever and if I am doing well it is due to YOU!- S. M. R.
Ethan would love to continue guitar lessons with you in the Fall. Thank you for all that you've done. I am amaized at the results, considering how little Ethan practiced at home! Thanks again,- M. T.
Thanks so much for teaching Henry this past semester. He really enjoyed it.- J. Mc.
Thanks for a great lesson today… just when you think you have a piece down pat, there are so many more ways to improve it and make it ever more musical!- D. N.
Thanks for your very clear explanations and instructions and your encouragement and great enthusiasm for life and MUSIC!- H. S.
Thanks for teaching Will. He loves your class.- C. M.
After one short lesson, MacGregor jumped into the car and played the theme from Mission Impossible ALL THE WAY HOME! Thank you for opening the world of music to him - by teaching him the guitar!- J. M.
I am a former voice student of Jocelyn Kasper. I can say without a doubt she helped me to become a more confident singer. I wholehearted recommend her to anyone.- T. W.
I sang some this morning for the first time since my last lesson and it was so relaxing, it is amazing what singing and music in general can do for one's psychology!- D. N.
Jolie really loved music class and absolutely loves to sing.- C. S. G.
I have enjoyed seeing olivia progress over the year. she's more confident, she sings from her diaphragm, proudly projecting! it's great to see her enthusiasm. i'm grateful for your instruction and guidance.- A. N.
Your relationship with Fiona is very special. She admires you very much.- N. M.
Thank you so much for all your support and understanding yesterday, it helped very much to just be able to talk to you about it.- D. N.
I've learned so much from you, not only about singing and music, but about life! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!- H. H.
Thank you for teaching me how to sing better! I've had so much fun during voice lessons.- J. M.
Cannot express my gratitude at having you in my life!!- G. F.
I enjoyed our summer lessons with Schubert. You opened up a treasure trove for me I never even knew existed.- D. N.
Jocelyn, you've taught me so much. You're a great teacher and I'm going to miss you.- M. W.
I asked him yesterday if he wanted to keep taking guitar and he said "yes mam' as long as I can I want to!!" That is very encouraging!- B. F. H.
Thank you for never giving up on me! You are the best :-)- A. S.
... a wonderful voice lesson ... I feel I am learning so much ... about what singing really means!- D. N.
Thank you for your encouragement. I feel like I have a voice after your excellent, precise, professional instruction. You are a master ...- S. M. R.