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Beth Heinberg

Faculty Information
Location(s) Middle School
Title(s) Middle School Performing Arts
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School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x438
Degree(s) B.A., St. John's College 1989
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Beth Heinberg is the Middle School performing arts instructor and has been at Carolina Day School since 2005. Prior to coming to CDS, she taught at Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University. She also had an artistic collaboration with the Boston Pops and Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
Get to know Beth Heinberg:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? At CDS, I have been lucky to have the flexibility to create a new performing arts program, incorporating components of music, dance, and theatre into each class session.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS?I feel strong support for the arts from both administration and parents.”
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? Risk-taking is valued and encouraged at CDS, which is very necessary for performing artists. Playing it safe never really works on stage!”
How would you describe your classroom? “My performing arts classroom is a safe, supportive laboratory for comedic and dramatic improvisation and scene work, vocal and instrumental exploration, and use of the body as an instrument of expression.”
What books and authors inspire you? J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, Martha Graham, Charles Mingus, John Lennon, Bobby McFerrin, Bob Fosse; my list of inspiring performing artists is endless.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning?  “Tell me, I forget; Show me, I remember; Involve me, I understand”- Carl Orff. “A great work of art is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.” – Nadia Boulanger. “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” – Jimi Hendrix. “Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono. “It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland. “I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.” – Ray Charles.”
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “Take a risk, take a chance, make a change!”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “The annual 8th grade musical creates a community/team/family every year of hard working cast and crew pushing themselves to create, meet deadlines, and collaborate. The holiday and spring concerts teach every single middle school student how to prepare for and present public performances; in-class reflection afterwards is an important (and fun!) part of the learning.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? My work on the Student Ally team has been a great way to build a culture of tolerance and respect at CDS.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? I perform jazz locally with the trio Honey.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “My early education was in an open-classroom school with too little structure, then in 6th grade I moved to public school with not enough freedom. CDS is the perfect balance of guidance and independence.”
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