Brien Engel  Brien Engel
Contact:

 

 

Phone: (404) 633-9322

Email: glassharp@mindspring.com

Website: http://www.glassharp.org

   
 
Art Disciplines:

Music

   
Core Content Curriculum Areas:

Science, Technology, Music, Social Studies/History, Math

   
Specialized Content Areas:           STEAM, Arts Integration, World Cultures
   
Grade Levels:  

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

   
Special Populations: Special Needs Students, At-risk Students, Chorus and Orchestra, Science Clubs, Seniors
 

 

Pre-Service Learning and Professional Development: Post-Secondary/Pre-Service Learning, Professional Development for K-12 Teachers, Professional Development for Teaching Artists
 

 

Geographic Availability: Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, Middle Georgia, South Georgia
 

 

Program Fees:




Metro Atlanta (ten counties):
$290 for a single program
$420 for two programs
$550 for three programs
$680 for four programs


Outside Metro Atlanta:
$520 for a single program
$780 for two programs
$950 for three programs


   
Artistic Profile:

 

Brien plays his glass harp in a variety of settings: from library and K-12 venues, to corporate and private club events, festivals and state fairs, retirement communities, weddings, and places such as the D.A.R. in Washington, DC, and Spivey Hall in Atlanta. Internationally, he has played in Germany, Dubai, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Brien is well known for his S.T.E.A.M. integrative educational programs nationwide. He is on the Georgia Council for the Arts’ Teaching Artist roster as well as their Touring Artist roster. He is also an approved teaching artist with the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, NC, several New York BOCES rosters, and several Young Audiences chapters across the country. He is also a past president of Glass Musical International, a service organization devoted to his craft and community across the globe. Additionally, he composes his own music and had a previous career composing soundtracks for live and puppet theatre productions. He is also a student of mbira, a traditional Zimbabwean instrument.

   
   
Teaching Experience: Brien Engel has been a teaching artist for 22 years with his glass music program in Georgia schools and schools in fourteen other states. He began working with young people in the late 1980s as a puppeteer with the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. After that he was a full-time puppeteer with the Piccadilly Puppets Company, writing and performing school shows which were organized through Young Audiences of Atlanta. In the early 1990s, he developed his glass music program with Young Audiences (YA) and began to travel throughout their national network. He then became affiliated with numerous state and local arts councils and teaching artist rosters. He has received professional development from YA’s artistic and educational directors, and from specialists working with some of these other arts agencies.

In addition to playing in K-12 settings, he has given programs for college-bound aspiring teachers, science clubs, and other niche audiences. Recently he appeared at the Waxahachie Texas Chautauqua, with its 2016 theme “World of Water” along with keynote speaker Fabien Cousteau.

“As a glass harpist, my artistic mission is to do my very best work, every chance I have to play. A performer must enjoy what they do and demonstrate full attention devoted to their art. In a school, that should inspire audiences to do something creative, whatever it will be, and to enjoy the journey.

My specialty as an artist in education is in showing how our ‘science’ and ‘music’ brains are wired up together. We have enjoyed music forever, yet it’s also an exercise in anticipating repetition and patterns of life— part of the business of science. This underscores everything technical I have to demonstrate and talk about. I aim for a balanced experience, showing my audience I am connected to the art form, while making the educational material come alive. It is a source of pride and inspiration for my own continuing education in life, and communication with an audience. I positively believe what I do is good for the world and young minds.”
   
   
Sample Programs: Glass Harp Music, serving K-12 audiences in GA and in other states (14 so far). Customized to age/grade levels. Max 300 per group (in typical school settings). Length: 50 min. To see program overview at once, online (for k-12 in Atlanta), please visit www.glassharp.org/atledu.html. Much more is available in documents for this program, "program objectives," interview Q/A, descriptions, etc. And note: Curriculum correlations for various states and systems (some require updating) are available at: http://glassharp.org/k12%20standards.html.
   
Sample Lesson Plans/Study Guides:

Glass Harp Music - Program Guide

Glass Harp Music - Instructional Plan

Glass Harp Music - Technical Requirements

   
Program Photos and Videos:

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