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Queens music teacher added heart and expertise to Pixar's ‘Soul’

Queens music teacher added heart and expertise to Pixar's ‘Soul’
It quickly became clear to the long-time teacher that his life experiences dovetailed almost perfectly with Pixar’s vision for its new hero.

Peter Archer, a band teacher for more than 30 years at Middle School 74 in Bayside, Queens, served as a consultant on the movie, that has Jamie Foxx voicing Joe Gardner, a middle-aged teacher and musician.Archer, 58, helped pinpoint everything from the aesthetic of a middle school band classroom to the emotional tug of balancing a passion for music and a love of teaching.A Pixar representative told Archer that the company was working on a film about a middle school band teacher, found him through their research, and wanted his help.’” Peter Archer, a band teacher for more than 30 years at Middle School 74 in Bayside, Queens, served as a consultant on the Pixar movie, "Soul.

Instead, he was offered a part-time internship teaching band at Marie Curie Middle School in Queens — a role one of his professors told him he would be excel in.” [More Education] NYC charter schools sue city over exclusion from COVID-19 school testing program p The same dilemma is at the heart of “Soul,” where Gardner is offered a full-time teaching job at the middle school just as he gets a break in the professional music world.

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