Chronogram, February, 2012
Red Hook Local Notable: Ben Senterfit, Community Music Space
by Holly Tarson, January 27, 2012
Link to The Chronogram article
“Music is the oldest language in the world…allow kids to speak it!”
If Ben Senterfit has a mantra, that’s it. His passion for music seems matched only by his devotion to teaching. He began his musical career as an a capella singer and later toured with bands and ran a record label. After moving from Denver to Red Hook, Senterfit melded his passions. He opened the Community Music Space in the Chocolate Factory building in 2009.
Red Hook local notable: Ben Senterfit, owner of Community Music Space
It has a funky warm vibe that feels like a living room, with exposed brick walls and hardwood floors. “The space dictates the music,” Senterfit says. He hosts live acoustic-based performances by internationally renowned musicians. And with the help of a few other teachers, Senterfit offers classes for an ever-expanding array of instruments. Kids and adults alike are encouraged to sing, to play, or to just come and listen.
Senterfit is particularly enthusiastic about the Vocal Ensembles—groups designed to go out in the community to perform. The music is alive and engaging. No tedious Sunday afternoon recitals here. One group is working on a ‘Mash up of Lady Gaga, Beat Boxing, and Katy Perry.’ There is something for everyone because Senterfit sees music as much more than an after-school activity. “We need to be innovative as a nation. At the core of that innovation is creativity. And at the core of creativity is music and art. When we develop creativity it expands the ability to use all of your brain.”Communitymusicspace.com
Somewhere in the world right at this moment, someone is making great art in front of a select, intimate group of people…someone who deserves more fame, more money, more recognition, but who volunteers his/her time and talent in the face of the immediate unavailability of any one (or all) of these things to be our surrogate on some collective, heroic journey…Read More
by Ben Senterfit (Published in About Town)
When I first started teaching music at the Montessori at The Old Schoolhouse in Tivoli, NY, I didn’t quite know what to suspect. I had taught hundreds of adults and kids for almost 20 years but I had never worked with pre-schoolers. I did have the experience of being a dad of two boys (ages 3 and 5) so I had an idea of what I was getting myself into. To be honest, I was kind of freaked out. Two years later, that half hour music class has had a profound affect on how I learn and teach music. It brought me to a realization that, to put it simply, the best way to learn music is to think like a kid. Read more…
Thanks to the Kingston based Daily Freeman for the great writeup. It is nice to know that the word is starting to get out that we got something happening here! Here’s the full article: