Charles teaches Music and coordinates BCD’s private instrumental music program. He most recently taught at an elementary charter school and at New Design Middle School in New York, and he has been a guest lecturer with the New York Composers Collective. Charles is an accomplished musician, singer, choral director, and composer, and has worked professionally with Cantori New York, Treasure House Chorale, Young New Yorker’s Chorus, and the New York Symphony. Charles co-founded the Harlem Creates Music Festival and produced “Celebramos Juntos!” for the Riverbank State Park’s Hispanic Heritage Month. Several of his compositions have been performed in the United States and abroad. Music education at BCD begins in Preschool and students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 have classes based on the Orff-Schulwerk approach. Concepts are learned through song, dance, movement, drama, and percussion instruments. Improvisation, composition, and a natural sense of play are encouraged. Starting in Grade 1, students participate in chorus where they learn to cooperate and work as a group towards a common goal. Students in Grades 4 through 6 are members of the Middle School chorus and develop good vocal technique, proper breath support, clear diction, and confident stage presence.