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Terry Boyarsky

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Terry Boyarsky, pianist, is a movement specialist, singer, and ethnomusicologist who believes that every person is musical. Her search for musical collaboration has led her into chamber music, choral singing, folk dance, coaching, accompanying dance, and creating ceremony.

Terry holds a BA in experimental psychology from Reed College, a BM in eurhythmics from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an MA in ethnomusicology from Kent State University. Terry has taught and created events for institutions such as the Dalcroze Society of America; American Orff-Schulwerk Society; Society for Ethnomusicology; the Cleveland Institute of Music; University of Hawaii; Rowe Center in Massachusetts; Kasetsat University in Bangkok, Thailand; Los Hipocampitos in Carrizal, Venezuela; Bard College Conservatory of Music; and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Terry was a teaching artist for almost two decades with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning. She was in the first group of artists selected for the Ohio’s Kennedy Center Collaborative, and she is a teaching artist for Ohio Arts Council (OAC) programs. She presents professional development workshops on arts integration and Dalcroze eurhythmics nationally. She has published articles in the Orff Echo, the American Dalcroze Journal, Seminars in Neurology, and Teaching Artist Journal. Terry collaborated with a Taipei puppeteer and Cleveland dancer to create “Young Dreams – Life in 3 Parts,” an intimate work of puppetry, dance, and improvised music sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion Program. She is certified by the National Center for Creative Aging and participated in the OAC’s “Artful Aging” artist residency.

Currently, Terry sings with the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Chorus and Choral Arts Cleveland. She teaches a course in Russian song for Case Western Reserve University. She has been performing and teaching internationally with Siberian balalaika virtuoso Oleg Kruglyakov as “Russian Duo” since 2007. In July 2017, Russian Duo performed in Kirov, Russia.

The award of this badge shows that the artist participated in a two-day workshop at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning that focused on understanding arts integration, domains of youth development, behavior management, academic and fine arts standards, outcomes and indicators, and learning strategies and activities. The earner developed a program plan to apply these concepts in their work with students, earning a score of 75% or greater related to specific scoring criteria.

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • PreK-Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults

Facilities and Resources Required

  • Large, empty space
  • Piano suggested and/or requested


Upon request, except for February







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