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Teacher Feature: Mrs. Berenshtein

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Mrs. Juliya Berenshtein always puts in her heart in her lessons and it is what her students appreciate the most.

Mrs. Juliya Berenshtein always puts in her heart in her lessons and it is what her students appreciate the most.

Lillian Hui

Lillian Hui

Mrs. Juliya Berenshtein always puts in her heart in her lessons and it is what her students appreciate the most.

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As students were entering their final week of summer vacation in early September, many were curious as to whether their schedules would include any last minute changes. To the surprise of many in the New Milford High School orchestra, Mrs. Juliya Berenshtein would be making a return as their orchestra teacher, previously being the students’ middle school orchestra teacher.

When asked what it felt like returning to the high school as a teacher, Mrs. Berenshtein said it was an exciting feeling.

“It does feel a bit scary because I haven’t seen the majority of these students for at least two years.”

But she also said that she’s extremely happy because she is, “able to make some music that [she] wasn’t able to at the middle school because they were so young and needed different skills.” She further explained that, “everything now is more focused on the music instead of structure and techniques.”

Having worked with the majority of the orchestra students during their middle school years, Mrs. Berenshtein is aware of the talents that her students are capable of.

“I know where they are, I pretty much have a vision of what they are capable of. In my vision and what I’ve already seen in two weeks, they are at the level which they are capable of doing a lot of things; things they couldn’t even imagine they could do.”

This year for the winter concert alone, seven songs have been chosen to be performed by the students, most of which are skill-based and not based on the difficulty of the notes as the songs were in middle school.

“I think the selection is varied in styles, characteristics, and composers. However, for the spring concert, I want one of my favorite theory compositions, ‘Palladio’ by Karl Jenkins, to be played. The entire original piece; three movements, the whole original piece without any arrangements just the way the composer wrote it.”

Having been a student of Mrs. Berenshtein’s in her middle school years, NMHS senior Monnavi Silva  said that she was excited to see what her teacher is able to bring to the high school orchestra. “I look forward to the music we’ll put on stage.”

She also explained that it must be hard for Mrs. Berenshtein to be teaching at most of the schools in the New Milford school district, “so I’m thankful she made time for teaching the high school. From experience in middle school, I know she’ll know how to get the best results out of our orchestra…which makes the experience all the while.”

Sophomore Juline Estrella-Gueye said that she was looking forward to the orchestra becoming better and to be more recognized by others. She also believes, “our orchestra will be more organized, better, and more fun compared to the previous year.”

Juline also explained some changes that have been made already within the orchestra such as more room to perform in. “Everyone is in the best section to play in since some have been placed in the wrong section and struggled.”

Silva also added that the location the orchestra holds their rehearsals has changed. “The attendance has improved, students have a more serious and conscientious attitude, and we practice on stage. The orchestra is also seated in certain sections and seems to be learning songs at a faster rate.”

Mrs. Berenshtein also had some advice to give her students. “They shouldn’t be scared. I’m not here to scare them; I’m not here to punish them or to do something that will harm their feelings or do something bad to them. I’m here to help them discover something new about themselves or to reinstate the skills they will be able to use in the future.”

As for anything else she would like to tell her students, “They should be on time obviously and do a little work at home as usual. ”

From her students, they would like to thank her for making time for the high school orchestra and to keep up the good work.

Silva also added, “I am looking forward to what the orchestra becomes thanks to her guidance.”

Mrs. Berenshtein’s last words for her students was that she hopes they can stop being late in the morning. “This is the major thing that will get us together and will make us a team; a very strong team.”
We hope that Mrs. Berenshtein will be able to open up the eyes of her students and create beautiful memories during this year’s concerts. We can’t wait to see what she has in store next!

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