Larry Newman is the Founder and CEO of Children’s Music Workshop and the author of Music Fun Books.
He holds a Bachelor of Music Education, cum laude degree from Temple University’s College of Music, a California teaching credential and a Master of Arts in Music Performance from Eastern Illinois University. (In 2012, Mr. Newman received the “Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award” from EIU.)
Formerly an instrumental music teacher in the Philadelphia School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Santa Monica-Malibu Public Schools, Mr. Newman has supervised music programs in more than eighty public and private institutions from the Kindergarten through college levels.
Larry Newman is the recipient of five Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards presented by the Television Academy for Children/Youth Programming. Mr Newman wrote, directed and produced the shows which have aired nationally and feature students from more than two dozen Children’s Music Workshop school programs. Most recently, Mr. Newman was awarded an Emmy on July 28, 2018 at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, CA for his production “Making Music, Making Friends“.
In 2009, Mr. Newman was honored by the Los Angeles City Council at City Hall for his contributions to music education in Los Angeles (See photos and video.) He was also featured on CityView’s Channel 35 series, “Faces of LA” (See video.)
Mr. Newman received the Lori Petrick Excellence in Education Award from the Palisades Charter Schools Foundation. The award is underwritten by the Boone Foundation – a philanthropic group whose mission is to support “passionate people who provide excellent programs to youth”.
Larry Newman was nominated for the 25th Annual BRAVO Award, established by the Music Center of Los Angeles County to recognize individuals for innovation and excellence in arts education.
Mr. Newman served on the Leadership Committee for the 2009 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Music Education Day at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
Larry Newman formerly was the trumpet instructor at Glendale College and also taught in the jazz studies department of Eastern Illinois University as a graduate teaching assistant. At Eastern Illinois, Mr. Newman directed the University Jazz Lab Band, taught private undergraduate studio trumpet and was also a member of the EIU Faculty Brass Quintet and solo trumpet player in the EIU Faculty Jazz Combo.
As a professional trumpet player, Larry Newman has toured The United States, Canada and Japan with The Glenn Miller Orchestra® under the direction of Larry O’Brien performed in The Claridge Hotel Casino Orchestra in Atlantic City under the direction of Jack Six and sailed the Caribbean and Northwest with the S/S Norway Big Band and other cruise ship orchestras.
He has backed such star entertainers as Dizzy Gillespie, Jack Jones, Florence Henderson, Jerry Lewis, Billy Eckstine, The Fifth Dimension, Al Martino, Shirley Jones, The Lettermen, Jim Nabors, Jerry Van Dyke, Jim Stafford, Michel Legrand, Stephane Grappelli, Clark Terry, Ed Thigpen, Cab Calloway, George Kirby, Margaret Whiting, Benny Carter, The Four Aces, The Modernaires, Bobby Rydell, Joe Williams, Roger Williams, Slide Hampton, The Smothers Brothers, Fred Travalena, Rita Moreno and others.
Mr. Newman worked as a trumpet instructor on the 2004 Universal release, Ray, starring Jamie Foxx as well as the 1999 movie, Anywhere But Here, starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman.
Mr. Newman is the author of more than one hundred music books – including The Recorder Fun Book which is used in hundreds of elementary schools throughout the United States. His string, woodwind and brass group method books are used in all Children’s Music Workshop music programs. All of Mr. Newman’s books are available at www.amazon.com
Larry Newman is leader of The Pacific Palisades Brass Quintet and is a freelance trumpet player in the Southern California area. He plays VANLAAR trumpets and flugelhorns.