Music at The New School
Early Childhood Music & Movement with Mr. Troy Schremmer
Music is a vital part of every day in Early Childhood Education. Songs, chants, nursery rhymes and finger-play are all an integral part of each child's day. Our ECE teachers utilize different expressions of music to grab and focus a child's attention, reinforce new ideas and help guide children as they transition from one activity to another all while helping develop muscle control and language skills and phonemic awareness.
Mr. Troy is our ECE music and movement teacher and the children get to visit him every day for live music in the music room or gym (and sometimes outside)! All of our preschool children get to play with music and language as they listen and dance and sing to a wide variety of songs and stories and games. It's a fun way for our teachers to play with our children as they are developing their ability to use their voices and bodies in expressing their own 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 and move and play with each other every single day."
Mr. Troy also gets the opportunity to sing and play with the Kindergarteners as a part of their daily enrichment program that includes the Visual Arts, Spanish Language, P.E., Library, Technology and S.T.E.A.M. work in the Tinkering Studio.
1st-6th Music with Ms. Ashley Wright
First through sixth grade students are exposed to many genres of music. They are free to create and share their ideas while discovering how music and the world around us are connected. Students at each grade level work collaboratively to arrange, perform and even compose original pieces.
They focus on learning the basic elements of music such as music theory (beat, rhythm, tempo, notation, pitch and expression), composition, instruments and ensembles, music history and composers, and various musical genres by using traditional and technological resources.
6th-12th Music with Mr. Austin Farnam
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.