About Cyd Slotoroff
It is my experience that well-selected and well-processed songs can affect social culture in the classroom and cultivate the 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking, and communication.
I am a teaching artist with Arts for Learning CT (formerly Young Audiences of CT), and have been on their roster since 2001. Additionally, I bring over 30 years experience working with children and teens as an arts educator as well as a board certified music therapist. My programs use the power of music to engage and open hearts, and then follow up with lots of questions to help students reflect on how they feel, how others feel, and how they treat and impact each other. Students have the opportunity to inspire and learn from each other as they respond to questions and share stories, e.g. Have you ever stuck up for someone you didn’t like?
“Delightful, powerful, and very engaging! Students related immediately. The lyrics hit home; they saw themselves in all those situations. From their expressions, I could tell it made them stop and think. Your program ties in with everything we’re trying to do with social development.” Kathy Lembo, 2nd Grade Teacher, Worthington Hooker School, New Haven.
My work as a teaching artist has grown from my long career as a professional singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist: I was described by Pete Seeger as “a wonderful singer, songwriter, and song leader.”