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Rachel Buchman
Lecturer
Lecturer in Music
 
e-mail:rbuchman@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. Theatre (1978) Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Certificate of Dalcroze Eurhythmics Dalcroze Eurhythmics (2013) Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts
 
Primary Department
   Shepherd School of Music
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Shepherd School of Music
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    Research Areas
     Young children and music/movement Music and the Brain Jewish music American folk music
     
    Selected Publications
     Articles
     

    Rachel Buchman "See the Horses Galloping!." American Dalcroze Journal, 32, no. 3: pp. 4-7.

     
     Books
     

    Rachel Buchman "Jewish Holiday Songs for Children."  (1997) : 104.

     
     Other
     

    Rachel Buchman, Brian Huberman, Ed Hugetz "Alligator Horses - Documentary Film."  (2014)

     
     Recordings
     

    Rachel Buchman "Rachel Buchman's Homemade Band (2010)." 

     
     

    Rachel Buchman "Shine Little Candles - Chanukah Songs for Children (2000)." 

     
     

    Rachel Buchman "Sing a Song of Seasons (1997)." 

     
     

    Rachel Buchman "Jewish Holiday Songs for Children (1994)." 

     
     

    Rachel Buchman "Baby and Me - Playsongs and Lullabies to share with your baby (1991)." 

     
     

    Rachel Buchman "Songs and Games from Around the World (1988)." 

     
     

    Rachel Buchman "Hello Ev'rybody - Playsongs and Rhymes from a Toddler's World (1986)." 

     
    Creative Works
     Performances - Romeo and Juliet
     Shepherd Society Family Concert, Rachel Buchman, Larry Rachleff, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Stude Concert Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Houston, TX (January 30, 2016)
     
     Performances - Barn Dance
     Sponsored by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the dance is open to the community, encouraging multi-generational singing and dancing., Rachel Buchman, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Lopez Island Elementary School, Lopez Island, Washington (July 2015)
     
     Performances - The Very Human Schumann
     Family Concert concept and script, Rachel Buchman, Larry Rachleff, Shepherd School Chamber Symphony Orchestra, Stude Concert Hall, Shepherd School of Music (January 31, 2015)
     
     Other - Alligator-Horses
     Documentary film about the United States in the 1830s. An exploration of music, politics, racism, and misogyny., Rachel Buchman, Brian Huberman, Ed Hugetz, Screening at Rice Media Center, Houston, TX (2014)
     
     Performances - Barn Dance
     Sponsored by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the dance is open to the community, encouraging multi-generational singing and dancing., Rachel Buchman, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Lopez Island Elementary School, Lopez Island, Washington (July 2014)
     
     Performances - Brass Concert for Children
     Chamber music for families including narration, choreography and original music, Rachel Buchman, Shepherd School Brass Ensemble, Premier of piece by David Sedgwick, Duncan Recital hall, Shepherd School of Music (April 11, 2013)
     
     Performances - Children's Concert - Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
     Interactive Family Concert - by the Light of the Moon including excerpts from Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, Lucy's love song to Shroeder from You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Shostakovich Adagio opus 147, and LIszt's Hungarian Rhapsody, #2, Rachel Buchman, Jackie Parker, Viktor Valkov, Kostov Valkov Duo, others, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Orcas Center, Eastsound, Washington (August 14, 2013)
     
     Performances - Concert
     interactive presentation, Rachel Buchman, Congregation Or Ami, Houston, TX (August 18, 2013)
     
     Performances - Purim Puppet play with Music
     A puppet play with music for young children telling the story of Purim, Rachel Buchman, Temple Emanu El, Houston, TX (February 20, 2013)
     
     Performances - Shepherd Society Family Concert
     Original script created to illuminate the music of Claude Debussy and Silvestre Revueltas, Rachel Buchman, Larry Rachleff, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Stude Concert Hall, Houston, TX (January 26, 2013)
     
     Performances - Barn Dance
     Sponsored by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the dance is open to the community, encouraging multi-generational singing and dancing., Rachel Buchman, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Turtle Head Farm, Orcas Island, Washington (May 2012)
     
     Performances - Concert
     Family Concert at annual Day of Learning (Yom Limmud) including songs, dances and various instrumentation, Rachel Buchman, Scott McGill, Malachai Bandy, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Houston, TX (February 19, 2012)
     
     Performances - Family Concert - Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
     Excerpts from St. Säens' Carnival of the Animals, a song by Jake Heggie and a visit from writer Jack Prelutsky, Rachel Buchman, Jake Heggie, Jackie Parker, Jack Prelutsky, Lorna McGhee, Paul Hansen, Aloysia Friedmann, Stephen Swanson, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Orcas Center, Eastsound, Washington (August 13, 2012)
     
     Performances - Holiday Concert
     Songs, dances for the family in celebration of winter holidays, Rachel Buchman, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (December 2012)
     
     Performances - Shepherd Society Family Concert
     Original script composed to illuminate and bring to life the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Rachel Buchman, Thomas Hong, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Stude Concert Hall, Houston, TX (February 11, 2012)
     
     Performances - Family Concert - Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
     Family concert integrating Beethoven's Ghost piano trio and the works of Shepherd School comp doctoral student, Dan Sedgwick, in an interactive performance., Rachel Buchman, Dan Sedgwick, Gryphon Trio, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Orcas Center, Eastsound, Washington (August 15, 2011)
     
     Performances - Shepherd Society Family Concert
     Original Script exploring what makes Mozart great., Rachel Buchman, Larry Rachleff, Susie Dunn, Shepherd School of Music Chamber Orchestra, Stude Concert Hall, Houston, TX (January 29, 2011)
     
     Performances - Shepherd Society Family Concert
     Music and pantomime of Till Eulenspiegel, Rachel Buchman, Larry Rachleff, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Stude Concert Hall, Houston, TX (January 30, 2010)
     
     Performances - Chamber Music for Children - Elephants and Other Large Friends
     A performance of music, literature and movement, Rachel Buchman, Paul Cannon, Nicholas Cathcart, Sonja Harasim, Bella Leslie, Carol Rankin, David Richmond, and Dan Williamson , Hirsch Rehearsal Hall, Houston, TX (May 2, 2009)
     
     Performances - Shepherd Society Family Concert
     An exploration of what makes music jazzy through the music of Aaron Copland, Rachel Buchman, Cristi Macelaru, Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, Stude Concert Hall, Houston, TX (January 24, 2009)
     
     Performances - Three Penny Opera
     role of Frau Peachum, Rachel Buchman, with cast. Leslie Swackhammer - Director; Cristi Macelaru- Music Director; Susan Dunn - Vocal Coach, Hamman Hall, Rice University (November 2009)
     
     Performances - Chamber Music for Children - Owl and Friends
     An original concert of music, movement, literature and puppetry with music by Dan Sedgwick, Alec Wilder, Marji Gere, Jacob Barton, and Moondog, Rachel Buchman, Jacob Barton, Elliot Cole, Marji Gere, Evan Leslie, Joseph Maile, Mark Mendell, Maiko Sasaki, Dan Sedgwick, Hirsch Rehearsal Hall, Houston, TX (April 27, 2008)
     
     Performances - Shepherd Society Young People's Concert
     Original script exploring the music of De Falla and its relation to the tradition of Flamenco dance and singing. Houston premier of Jon Deak's Annie O. for Brass ensemble, with original staging by Rachel Buchman, Rachel Buchman, Thomas Hong, Cristi Macelaru, Marie Speziale, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd School Brass Ensemble, Flamenco Houston, Stude Concert Hall, Houston, TX (February 23, 2008)
     
     Performances - Ray Hill - Citizen Provocateur
     recorded songs for documentary film, Rachel Buchman for Documentary film by Brian Huberman, (2007)
     
     Performances - Shepherd Society Young People's Concert
     Sorcerer's Apprentice and the original Goethe poem; Brass Ensemble premier of Father Goose, Rachel Buchman, Cristi Macelaru, Thomas Hong, Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra; Marie Speziale, Shepherd School Brass Ensemble, Stude Concert Hall, Houston, TX (January 27, 2007)
     
     Performances - Shepherd Society Young People's concert
     An original script and narration for Ravel's Mother Goose suite, including a demonstration of the original work for piano four hands played by local children, Rachel Buchman, Daniel Myssyk, Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, Erik Lawrence, Veronica Chu, Stude Concert Hall, Houston, TX (February 20, 2006)
     
     Performances - Shepherd Society Young People's Concert
     Peter and the wolf with original interactive narration, Rachel Buchman, Larry Rachleff, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Stude Concert Hall, Houston, TX (January 2005)
     
     Performances - Houston Symphony Orchestra Family Holiday Concert
     Narrator for The Snowman, and performing folk songs, Conductor Carlos Prieto, Jones Hall, Houston, TX (December 2004)
     
     Performances - Shepherd Society Young People's concert
     An original introduction to Benjamin Britten's A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Rachel Buchman, Larry Rachleff, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Stude Concert Hall, Houston, TX (January 2004)
     
     Performances - Singin' and Movin' - Da Camera of Houston
     Outreach Concerts, Rachel Buchman, Da Camera of Houston, Houston Zoo, Houston, TX (October 2004)
     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    "Music Moves Minds." Early Literacy Summit, Center for School Literacy and Culture, Rice University. (January 17, 2015)

     
     Invited Talks
     

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    Music Moves Minds into the Future Early Literacy Summit, Center for School Literacy and Culture, Rice University. (January 16, 2016)

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    Exploring the Mind Through Music

     
     Lectures
     

    "History of Entertainment - Continuing Education Lecture demononstration offered at the Bayou Bend Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Music in Colonial America." (February 12, 2014)

     
     Other
     

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    Purim Spiel (Purim Play written by Rachel Buchman and Rabbi Brian Strauss), Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Houston, TX. (March 23, 2016) With Rabbi Brian Strauss and Greg Ruhe - Puppeteer.
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    Purim Spiel (Purim Play written by Rachel Buchman and Rabbi Brian Strauss), Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Houston, TX. (March 4, 2015) With Rabbi Brian Strauss and Greg Ruhe - Puppeteer.
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    Performer.  "Purim Spiel (Purim Play written by Rachel Buchman and Rabbi Brian Strauss)." Celebration of Feast of Purim, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Houston, TX. (March 15, 2014) With Rabbi Brian Strauss, Puppeteer, Greg Ruhe

     
     

    "Song Cycle - from New York to India, presented at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, India." (January 19, 2014)

     
     

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    Purim Spiel (Purim Play written by Rachel Buchman and Rabbi Brian Strauss), Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Houston, TX. (February 2013) With Rabbi Brian Strauss and Greg Ruhe - Puppeteer.

     

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    Purim Spiel (Purim Play written by Rachel Buchman and Rabbi Brian Strauss), Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Houston, TX. (February 23, 2012) With Rabbi Brian Strauss and Greg Ruhe - Puppeteer.
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    Purim Spiel (Purim Play written by Rachel Buchman & Rabbi Brian Strauss), Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Houston, TX. (March 19, 2011) With Rabbi Brian Strauss & Greg Ruhe - Puppeteer
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     Panelist
     

    "Panelist for Conference on the documenatry film, Alligator-Horses sponsored by the Humanities Research Center, Dept. of Visual and Dramatic Arts and the Dean of Humanities." (March 22, 2014)

     
     Workshops
     

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    Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston  (June 2015)
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    "Playing off the page - an improvisation workshop for young string players." (July 2015)

     
     

    Present workshop to Speech and Language pathologists.  "Singing and rhythm games enhance language learning." Cougar Communications Group, Summer Training, University of Houston. (May 27, 2015)

     
     

    Present 6 hour workshop introducing the principles and applications of Dalcroze Eurhythmics into public school music classroom, grades K-8..  "Eurhythmics for Elementary School Music Teachers." Staff Development for Music Teachers of Crosby, Sheldon and Dayton School Districts, Sheldon Independent School District. (August 19, 2014)

     
     

    "Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston ." (June 2014)

     
     

    "Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston." (June 2013)

     
     

    "Bureau of Jewish Education workshops for teachers - Yom Limmud." (February 19, 2012)

     
     

    "Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston." (June 2012)

     
     

    "Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston." (June 2011)

     
     

    "Using Classical Music in the Early Childhood Classroom." (November 7, 2011)

     
     

    "Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston." (June 2010)

     
     

    "Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston." (June 2009)

     
     

    "Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston." (June 2008)

     
     

    "Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston." (June 2007)

     
     

    "Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston." (June 2006)

     
     

    "Music in Colonial America - a workshop for middle school children at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston." (2005)

     
     

    "Your Child and Music - a workshop to provide resources and information to parents who want to foster music in the lives of their children in creative and effective ways...sponsored by the Houston Grand Opera.." (September 28, 2002)

     
     

    "Workshops for Teachers at the Bureau of Jewish Education:

    Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Suffok County, NY.,

    Jewish Community Centers of:

    Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA.." (1995-2000)

     
    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Summer Dalcroze Studies, Dalcroze Society of America (2004)

     Summer Dalcroze Studies, Dalcroze Society of America (2002)

     Parent's Choice Approved Award, Parent's Choice Foundation (2001)

     Oppenheim Gold Seal Best Audio Award , Oppenheim Toy Portfolio (1987)

     Parent's Choice Gold Award, Parent's Choice Foundation (1987)

     American Library Association Notable Children's Recording, American Library Association (1986)

    Residencies & Summer Festivals
     Residency
     Artist in Residence. Artist in residence at public school working with 100 third graders to create a multi-disciplinary music/theatre/dance/visual arts/language arts performance about penguins, Houston, TX. (January-February 1999)
     Teaching Artist with Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Teaching children of all socio-economic backgrounds in the community, mentoring teachers, giving performances, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Orcas Island, Washington. (April 29 - May 4, 2013)
     Summer Festival
     Teaching Artist. Teaching artist working with children and teachers of Orcas Island, culminating in a unique performance given by Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival musicians for the community, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Orcas Island, Washington. (April and August 2013)
     Teaching Artist. Teaching artist working with children and teachers of Orcas Island, culminating in a unique performance given by Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival musicians for the community, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Orcas Island, Washington. (April and August 2012)
     Teaching Artist. Teaching artist working with children and teachers of Orcas Island, culminating in a unique performance given by Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival musicians for the community, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Orcas Island, Washington. (August 2011)
     Teaching Artist with Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Teaching children of all socio-economic backgrounds in the community, mentoring local teachers, performing, Lopez and Orcas Islands. (July 26 - August 14, 2015)
     Teaching Artist with Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Teaching children of all socio-economic backgrounds in the community, mentoring teachers, giving performances, Lopez and Orcas Islands. (July 28 - August 14, 2014)
    Positions Held
     Music Director/Sound Supervisor, Alligator-Horses, a documentary film directed by Brian Huberman. (2004 - 2014)

     Teaching Artist, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. (2011 - 2016)

     Music Team Leader, Arts Access Initiative, Young Audiences of Houston. (2015 - 2015)

     Founder, Director and Head Teacher, Young Children's Division Music Camp, Shepherd School of Music. (2001 - 2013)

     Voice-Over Artist, Pastorini-Bosby Talent. (1995 - 2016)

     Early Childhood Music Teacher, Becker Early Childhood Center, Temple Emanu El. (1991 - 2003)