Hey, you're Keepin' Company w/ Conor, and thank you for checking out another Townsquare Spotlight! Today, we are shedding some light on renowned jazz musician, author and educator Hayes Greenfield. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York and now residing in New York City, Hayes and I dive into his latest program Creative Sound Play and new book, Creative Sound Play for Young Learners: A Teacher’s Guide to Enhancing Transition Times, Classroom Communities, SEL, and Executive Function Skills.

A jazz musician, Hayes is proud to be endorsed by Yamaha, Vandoren, and Eventide. He has released 10 critically acclaimed CDs including two award-winning family CD’s Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz and Music for a Green Planet, and has performed at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Hayes’ Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz school assembly program has reached over 300,000 young people and his music has been wonderfully received and reviewed in the The New York TimesThe New Yorker, Wall Street JournalBillboardChild Magazine, DownbeatJazz Times and more. As film composer, Hayes has scored more than 70 films, documentaries, commercials, animations, and TV specials.

How to Use Creative Sound Play in the Hudson Valley

The end of the school year in New York is fast approaching, and it can be tricky to keep little ones engaged, focused and productive in the classroom. I had the pleasure to speak with NYC-based educator, author and renowned jazz musician Hayes Greenfield. He has come up with a fun new method that teachers -- and parents! -- can implement that helps kids listen up, engage, and stay on task -- all by using SOUND.

Hayes has released 10 critically acclaimed albums, and his music has been wonderfully received and reviewed in the The New York TimesThe New Yorker, Wall Street JournalBillboardChild Magazine, DownbeatJazz Times and more. He is also a film composer, and has scored more than 70 films, documentaries, commercials, animations, and TV specials. Hayes is now using his love of the art of sound to help teachers in the classroom.

Hayes Greenfield, Creative Sound Play
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Greenfield is about to release a new book, Creative Sound Play for Young Learners: A Teacher’s Guide to Enhancing Transition Times, Classroom Communities, SEL, and Executive Function Skills. (Routledge, Eye on Education Series, June 2024). Creative Sound Play is an entirely play-based method that gives teachers concrete tools that focus and engage children, by simply making intentional types of sounds–NOT music, in fun, very specific, and deliberate ways. These methods help teachers engage students, and help them with tricky transition times between activities, keeping the day running smoothly.

The new book covers topics such as:
-How Hayes is using SOUND to help teachers have easier days in the classroom
-How parents can use creative sound play at home to make their kids listen better - the first time!
-How creative sound play can engage kids with special needs - even those who are non verbal
-Fun, simple sound activities that teachers can use during the last few weeks of school to keep their students engaged and having fun.

To learn more and to purchase your own copy, visit https://www.creativesoundplay.com and https://www.hayesgreenfield.com.

MEET HAYES GREENFIELD

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Hayes Greenfield is founder of Creative Sound Play (CSP), a sound-based, generative learning system for Pre-K, as well as an award-winning jazz musician, notable film composer, and innovative educator. His book, Creative Sound Play for Young Learners (Routledge, Eye on Education Series, 2024), invites educators to use sound-making as collaborative educational play.


Hayes began working as a teaching artist in public and private K-12 schools. He created and implemented curricula for K-12 students, and professional development workshops for special needs District 75 teachers in New York City. Notably, he created a Pre-K program for PNC Bank’s “Grow Up Great Initiative,” devoted five years to codifying CSP at the Lenox Hill Early Childhood Center’s Head Start program, and consulted at Bank Street Head Start.

Founder and lead educator for CSP, Hayes guides Pre-K teachers in his sound-based pedagogy and offers in-person and remote coaching sessions to accompany his self-paced video curriculum. An exceptional speaker Hayes has presented at the NAEYC, NHSA, A Joyous Celebration of Ideas, the Next Wave Center for Artistry and Scholarship, and other conferences.

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