Vera Segond-von-Banchet

Vera Segond-von-Banchet
Brooklyn, NY
Choral/Vocal Music, Instrumental Music
English, German
K-12 Schools, After School Program, Community Center
ASCAP, BMI, CDBaby

Performances in different clubs in NYC with my Latin-Jazz band "La Verdad"; CD production with the same band called "Buddies And Bones" available at www.CDBaby.com; Tour to Germany with a Salsa Legend "The Lebron Brothers"; Tour to Europe with the "Diva Big Band"; There is a new CD production in the making with my new band "The Stuff", we are currently playing all over the city, for more information please visit www.thestuffmusicnyc.com; Since 2000 I have been playing various Broadway shows as high schools projects and with off broadway theater casts; Small Latin band performances in nursing homes.

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music since 2007 - teaching recorder to 3rd and 4th graders, they learn reading, writing, clapping, singing and playing music - teaching trombone to 4th and 5th graders in public schools, they learn playing trombone, reading music and improvising. Brooklyn Music School 2009/10 - teaching recorder to 4th graders, the same learning concept like the Conservatory. Private music lessons since 2006 - teaching trombone and music theory to adults and children all levels. German language tutoring since 2005 - to adults in groups and on a one by one basis. English as a second language 2006/07 - teaching English to young adults from south America, a church project.
Working with children in the field of music is just wonderful, I have done it for years and plan on doing it as long as I can. It might be a lifetime experience for the children, they might never forget. Older people sometimes become like children again in later age, it happened to my father in law, I learned when I took care of him. The impact of experiencing playing with a small Latin group in no other place then a nursing home helped me to understand more than playing in any other venue or club what music generally does to humans. Enjoying the music, they started clapping, dancing and smiling, it was a pleasure for us to witness how much they became alive again. It also taught me how very much important music is to people all ages. Music is about feelings and working with the body much more than with the brain. We lose that body language the older we get. So especially for older adults music can help them getting back into the emotional world within themselves, which can ease off stuckness, bitterness and frustration. Even only listening to music can make people just simply happier. The recorder can be the perfect instrument to get into music without spending a whole lot of money. I will give a lot of side information like how music is structured or how composers write a song and what a duet is compared to a quartet and how they are lined out, just to name a few. The beauty of the little recorder is "doing it as we learn", feeling the melody and even a harmony part, feeling interaction among the group, playing together, listen to each other and just plain playing music. I also love working with brass ensembles and teach music theory as well. It is never too late when it comes to music!