Andie Koplik Residency in Music Therapy
The Michael Bolton Charities proudly established the Andie Koplik Residency in Music Therapy in the Beyond Trauma: Youth Music Therapy program in 2017, as a memorial tribute to Andie Koplik’s lifelong dedication to teaching young people and in recognition of her family’s furtherance of the music industry.
A dear friend of The Michael Bolton Charities and the beloved wife of Jimmy Koplik for an incredible loving and fun-filled 46 years, passing away suddenly on September 27, 2017, at the age of 67. Andie graduated Boston University in 1971 with a degree in Education and later received her Master’s degree from City College of New York. She had an incredible passion for children and her profession, teaching for 32 years in the same classroom at William E. Cottle School in Eastchester, NY. In addition to her career, Andie loved spending time with her family and friends more than anything.
The Andie Koplik Residency in Music Therapy is an enduring tribute and a reflection of the affection and esteem in which she was held by colleagues, students and everyone associated with The Michael Bolton Charities.
“Andie was a very special person, with a tireless devotion to young people. She encouraged children to excel, to explore, and to engage with the world around them, providing a great start to their education and having a lasting impact on their lives,” said Michael Bolton. “It was a privilege to know her, and see her endless enthusiasm for education first-hand.”
Cyd Slotoroff, MT-BC, inaugurated the residency for The Michael Bolton Charities at New Horizons School in New Haven and 2017 and continues to work with students at the Riverside Education Academy in New Haven. In New London, Courtney Biddle, MMT, MT-BC, works with students at the Bennie Dover Jackson Multi-Magnet Middle School.
From left to right: Emily Koplik Leon, Lila Leon, Jimmy Koplik, Michael Bolton, Jaden Leon, Jared Leon, Noah Leon, Jeremy Koplik