Music at The New School
Early Childhood Music
Every day in our Early Childhood Education Center, Mr. Troy goes from room to room creating his best impression of a traveling troubadour playing guitar and singing out with everyone. With a variety of traditional nursery rhymes, kids’ songs and story books, all our preschool children from ages 1 - 5 play with music and language as they listen and dance and sing to live music. We work with children as they develop their ability to use their bodies in expressing their ideas and feelings.
Music and Movement Time is a daily opportunity to nurture our students' capacity to perceive, create and communicate musical forms. Which is just a fancy way of saying, "We make sure our kids get to sing songs and play games with each other every day." Sometimes a storybook with no music attached to it gets used as a song book anyway. The children sing along while acting out the movements until they can remember the entire book and lead others in the new song. Nothing like acting like a monkey or an elephant and singing to get a toddler moving and laughing and enjoying music!
Lower School Music
In music class, students are exposed to many genres of music. They are free to create and share their ideas while discovering how much is connected to the world around us. Students at each grade level work collaboratively to arrange, perform and even compose original pieces. Our Morning Jam performance group (grades 3-6) meets daily between 8:00-8:25 to allow extra time for creativity and practice.
Middle School Music
The middle school music program provides 5th and 6th grade students an opportunity to begin developing their own musical ideas and express their own creativity through various musical experiences. Middle school music class grows and refines the music skills that students develop in lower school music and introduces and reinforces foundational music skills such as composition, notation, ear training, improvisation, and performance. Middle school music is intended to help and encourage students to not only increase their skill in and understanding of music, but also to connect music with their own lives.
Upper School Music
The upper school music program cultivates a sense of belonging, musical foundation, music appreciation, and creativity. The program provides unique and experiential learning opportunities through practice, performance, observation, and hands on activity. These experiences serve to inspire confidence, positive self image, and character building opportunities for students. The goal of the upper school music program reaches beyond just developing students into advanced musicians. The true mark of success is to impact students with a deep and meaningful connection to music that stays with them beyond their time at The New School.