Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

Aaron Copland School of Music

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Music Building
Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(Tel) 718-997-3800
(Fax) 718-997-3849

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 5:00
Friday - 9:00 - 5:00 (Remote)

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About the Founder

Maxine Fisher
Photo credit: Steve Fisher
Dr. Maxine Fisher, founder and coordinator of the Bach to School Program, teaches literature and writing in the English Department of Queens College. She has also worked extensively in the field of animated film. She has written 35 short films for “Sesame Street” and eight half-hour animated specials for children that were produced for public television. She received her B.A. from Queens College and her doctorate in anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Dr. Fisher credits the source of her life-long love of classical music to both her mother -- who played recordings of classical music for her from her infancy and who also took her when she was a young child to concerts at City College, the old Met, and City Center whenever possible -- and the music appreciation education which she received at her elementary school, P.S. 72 in Maspeth, Queens. Concerning the idea for the “Bach to School” program, she says: “The idea came when I realized how few children there are in the audience today at classical music concerts. I wondered if it might not be possible to take at least a taste of this music directly to them in their schools. Professor Edward Smaldone, Director of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, was most enthusiastic, and it is thanks to his help and guidance that my idea has become a reality. He is an equal partner in this enterprise. And the overwhelmingly positive responses we have received from our young audiences, both in the “question and answer” period that is part of every one of our concerts, and also through the hundreds of letters of appreciation I have received from them, makes me hope that we will be able to expand the number of schools we visit each year.”