Music Education Symposium: Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxler

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Monday / April 9, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States

The theme of the 2012 Music Education Symposium is contemporary creativity for early childhood music educators. At 1:00 p.m., Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will address the music education students and symposium participants on their approach to children's music education and entertainment. They will talk about a variety of issues pertinent to up-and-coming educators and entertainers.

Following is a special preschool class with Grammy-winning artists Fink and Marxer.  This class is specially-designed for four- to five-year-old children who have not yet entered kindergarten. Children must register and give date of birth, as the material will be focused on preschoolers. We can accept a maximum of 20 children for this event, so please register early.

Then, join us for a special interactive performance with Fink and Marxer.  All ages are welcome. We can accept registration for a maximum of 100 people. Please include adults and children in the registration numbers.

Singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, banjo picker, guitar player, and community activist Cathy Fink lives an eclectic career in the music industry and beyond. She is not only well known as half of the Grammy-winning duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, but for her volunteer efforts and activism within the music industry and on behalf of issues and organizations that care about children. Fink began playing the banjo in 1974 as part of the "earn while you learn" program of making a living at folk music. Her banjo recordings include Banjo Haiku: 26 Clawhammer Banjo Tunes, Old Time Music Party, and Old Time Slow Jam on Homespun Tapes with Bruce Molsky and Marcy Marxer, and Singing With the Banjo, Clawhammer Style DVD on Homespun Tapes. She and Marxler produced the remarkable The Old Time Banjo Festival CD and Cathy's Grammy-nominated solo project (with friends), Banjo Talkin'. Her interest in the rich history of women in country music led Fink to meet, play music with, and even perform with some of country's greatest female pioneers. She and Marxler toured and performed with Patsy Montana for 10 years. Montana was the first woman in country music to sell one million records with the song "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" in 1935. She visited, interviewed, and played music with Ola Belle Reed and Lily May Ledford. As a mentor, Fink works with new artists in residence in the Strathmore AIR program in North Bethesda, MD.

Marcy Marxer is a multi-instrumentalist, studio musician, performer, songwriter, and producer with 30 years of experience and a shelf of impressive awards. She has played acoustic music on Emmy Award–winning National Geographic specials, platinum-shipping Eva Cassidy CDs, and on more than 50 recordings and instructional materials created with her partner, Cathy Fink. After a recording session with Mike Seeger, Marxler fell in love with his 1918 Gibson cello banjo. She searched the world for one, recorded some Youtube clips, and was soon gaining a following for her amazing cello banjo music. The Gold Tone Banjo Company began making the Marcy Marxer model cello banjo and the instrument has since shown up in folk, Celtic, and even punk bands. A master of wordplay, Marcy counts songwriting as yet another facet of her talents. Check out "Swingtime Lullaby," where she creates two swing songs with different melodies over the same chord progression in the 1940s style. Or listen to the new "Washboard Rhythm Song" on the Banjo to Beatbox project to be amazed at her internal rhyming. Last, but not least, Marxler is a wonderful teacher with a large following at top music camps such as Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Camp, Mars Hill, Woods Camp, etc. Marxler is one fun-lovin' gal with talent in all 10 fingers and a heart of gold to accompany them!

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If you would like to attend all or any portion of the days events, RSVP to Bobbi Harman at or 617 747-2425.