Letters of Recommendation


I am delighted to bring Clarence Ferrari to your attention. Mr. Ferrari is a gifted musician and teacher who taught for us for four consecutive years as part of our Artsbridge program at Hoboken Charter School. The program exposes teaching artists and their craft to our middle school population. Mr. Ferrari taught both instrumental music and music theory for us via this program.

His “Folk Fiddle” classes were very popular and provided an alternative to our conventional music program which is very brass oriented. In one trimester he was able to transform students with no exposure to the violin to performance level. This was quite amazing to witness!

His “Music of the World” class provided an interesting academic approach to global music patterns and compositions. The course provided exposure for our students to a rich tapestry of musical styles spanning from Asia to Africa and the US to the Caribbean. The class made links to tribal sounds, American Jazz, Asian music, and classical European music as well. The course was rich and complex and very well received. It also showed the depth of Mr. Ferrari’s knowledge of music in addition to his talent as a performer.

As a teacher, Mr. Ferrari’s approach has proven highly effective, and I have witnessed the fruits of his labors repeatedly. For these and many other reasons, he is a respected colleague, deeply loved teacher, and someone that I would recommend to your program without reservation.

“S.K.” Duff
Artsbridge Coordinator/Arts Teacher
School-wide Director of Service Learning
Hoboken Charter School

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