- Down With Love
- Devil May Care
- Small Day Tomorrow
- Gotta Serve Somebody
Performance: MJ Territo is a frequent performer in the tri-state area. Her jazz ensembles present a variety of jazz standards, particularly lesser-known tunes, as well as original compositions. She is the founder of "Ladies Day", an ensemble of women jazz musicians celebrating the contributions of women composers and lyricists.
Music Education: As a music educator MJ focuses on the joy in the moment, strives to provide an opportunity for students of all ages and abilities to find their unique voices and to make music with comfort and confidence. She believes that jazz is a wonderful medium for teaching the building blocks of music, but is also so much more in its ability to involve the whole student and connect students to the wider world. Jazz captures the best of the American spirit of multi-culturalism and individual contributions to an ever-evolving whole. Jazz improvisation stretches the mind and its rhythms engage the body.
MJ is proud to be on the Teaching Artist Roster of ArtsWestchester, and is available for jazz residencies for students of all ages, as well as for early childhood music residencies and workshops for early childhood educators.
She is also on the Teaching Artist Roster of Lifetime Arts (www.lifetimearts.org), at the intersection of aging and the arts, and is available to work with older adults.
In her private studio, MJ works with vocal jazz students, particularly in the areas of improvisation (scat singing), repertoire selection, and chart preparation.
Composer/Lyricist: MJ collaborates frequently as a lyricist with jazz composers, and also writes her own songs. She is a member of ASCAP.
BA, University of Pennsylvania
Registered Music Together Teacher
- Teaching Discipline
- Recommended Populations
- Elementary, Middle / High School, Seniors
- Times Available
- Afternoons, Evenings, Mornings, Weekends
- Specialized Training
Dalcroze Eurythmics; Jazz Theory and Performance
- Recent Projects
September 2012: Family Jazz Workshop, ArtsWestchester, in conjunction with the White Plains International Food and Jazz Festival. Presented a smorgasbord of jazz music-making activities for families with children of all ages.
Fall 2011: DiChiaro School, Yonkers; Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade Residency. Pre-K/K participated in multi-cultural music and movement activities geared to enhance literacy and numeracy learning. First Grade participated in jazz and world music activities, similar to those of Spring 2011 but adapted to shorter residency.
Spring 2011: DiChiaro School, Yonkers, First Grade. The residency was divided into three curriculum areas: jazz, classical music, and world music. For the jazz section we learned how to sing and scat on Jeepers Creepers; we danced to music by Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and other traditional jazz artists; we created two blues songs: The Why I Like Spring Blues and The Summer Is Fun Blues. During the classical music lessons, we created a dance to the 2nd movement of Hayd's Surprise Symphony. For our world music tour, we created a performance piece with simple percussion instruments to a South Africa a cappella song and we danced to music from Mexico, Ireland, Algeria, India, and the US (Cajun). Classroom teachers participated in all the activities.