Music will be ‘Bach’ in the classroom


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Photo Courtesy of Queens College
Photo Courtesy of Queens College

Queens College professor Maxine Fisher (center) is shown here with saxophonists from the college’s Aaron Copland School of Music.

One woman is on a mission to bring classical music “Bach” to school.

Maxine Fisher, a literature professor at Queens College (QC) and a devout music lover, plans to provide free, classical music concerts to local elementary and middle schools in East Elmhurst, Woodside and Middle Village this spring.

“You’re never too young to learn to appreciate classical music,” said Fisher, who grew up in Maspeth.

The “Bach to School” program — which was created with the help of Edward Smaldone, the director of QC’s Aaron Copland School of Music, and a $1,500 grant from the QC Foundation — features interactive, fun lessons and easy to understand pieces of music, Fisher said.

“Even just a few minutes of listening to classical music each day with your children will have a great impact on their musical appreciation for years to come,” she said.

The program’s inaugural performance was held for first-through-eighth- graders last December at St. Stanislaus School in Maspeth. It featured a pianist and a Julliard-trained violinist, who is studying for a Master of Arts degree in music at QC, Fisher said.