"You don't have to be a professional musician to reap the benefits of the arts and music. The classical training gives you discipline, and that discipline you can apply to anything you want to do in your life. That's why it is very important to have this arts training for as many people as possible. Even if people who study music want to become doctors or lawyers, they're going to have the discipline from the arts to become better doctors, and better lawyers."
TEACHING AND MENTORSHIP
As a teacher of piano and composition, Patricio's goal is to create artists that are independent. Patricio provides a multitude of unique opportunities for both artistic development as well as performance opportunities. Students in the Mark and Kathy Grier Conservatory program, of which he is the director, and others at the Newark School of the Arts have performed at the Taipei Economic and Cultural office in NYC, NJPAC, Van Vleck Mansion in Montclair, NJ, the Newark Museum of Art, and on live television for the city of Newark. Masterclasses held at the school have featured Ray Chew, Music Director of Dancing with the Stars, Broadway star Jess Leprotto, Seymour Bernstein, Dr. Min Kwon, Christina Altamura, and Maestro George Maull. Patricio's students and others hold prestigious Carollo Scholarships through NJPAC. He also directs the Nurturing Program, which provides scholarships and mentorship to students of high need in the Newark community. Patricio prepares his students for competition and performance at a high level. His students have gone on to excel both musically and in other areas of life.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a finalist amongst the top musicians in New Jersey. [I thank] Patricio Molina, piano teacher at Newark School of the Arts, for all his support and instruction over the years.”
- Former student, upon becoming a finalist for the Algonquin Arts Theater Rising Stars (NJ)
Watch students from the Conservatory at the Newark School of the Arts in virtual performances. Digitally produced by Patricio.
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Partnering with the Center for Musical Excellence in early 2020, Patricio served as Teaching Artist for State Theatre New Jersey's Symphony Scholars program. He worked with 145 New Brunswick middle-school music students and teachers, who attended the State Theatre Classical Series concert with London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra followed by a Q&A with conductor Mark Wigglesworth. In the pre-performance sessions, students learned about what to expect at the concert and how to listen to the music. Follow-up classes with the teaching artists gave students an opportunity for thoughtful discussion and reflection.
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