The study of music contributes in important ways to the quality of every student’s life. Spirituality is uplifted and beautifully expressed through singing. Playing an instrument requires discipline and is rewarding, challenging, exciting, and relaxing. Theory, music technology, and composition courses enable students to intelligently create and execute musical ideas. Skills in analysis, evaluation, and the ability to listen with understanding enable students to gain a broad cultural and historical perspective. School-wide annual musical events provide the vehicles for all students to express talent, spirit, and energy.
This required participatory singing class, in conjunction with the Judaic Studies department, encourages spirit through learning and singing liturgical and contemporary Jewish folk songs. 1 session weekly for 1 semester
The Symphonic Choir is a mixed-voice SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) 70+ voice ensemble. Auditions are required for admittance. Acceptance criteria include pitch and interval recognition, and singing comfortably within SATB ranges. Music literature includes classical, contemporary and Jewish Choral music arranged for 4-part mixed choir. Students are taught to sight-sing and read a Choral score. Fundamentals of voice production are taught. Performance venues include: New York City Concert Hall Events, CD's, music videos, song releases on iTunes and Spotify, Inter-School Choral Festivals, New York Museums, School and Community-wide Events, NSHA Dinner, Evening of Excellence, and Fundraising Events. Grades are determined by participation and achievement. 1 - 2 sessions weekly for 2 semesters.
This select group of experienced singers with superior vocal ability is chosen from the Symphonic Choir. Acceptance criteria include: exceptional vocal, aural, and rhythmic blending ability. In addition to performing with the choir, the Chamber Choir studies technically challenging works for small ensembles, as well as contemporary A cappella material, CD's, and song releases on iTunes and Spotify are produced. 1 session weekly for 2 semesters.
This beginner class is open to all students. Instruction on woodwind, brass and percussion instruments is offered. No prior experience is required. Basic skills of music notation, fingering dexterity, technique, and proper embouchure are taught in a group setting. Students who successfully complete one year of study are invited to join the Concert Band. Grades are determined by participation and achievement. Private practice rooms are available to students during the school day. 4 sessions weekly for 2 semesters.
The Music Conservatory, a member of MENC and NYSSMA, offers students the opportunity to study with world class musicians in a conservatory environment. The program is an after-school program and is open to beginners and experienced musicians. Offering private and small class instruction throughout the school year, the conservatory provides instruction on voice, nusach ha’tfila, piano, electronic keyboards, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, and percussion. Students learn to perform, with expression and technical accuracy, a varied repertoire of instrumental or vocal literature including classical, jazz, and Jewish music. Evaluation interviews assure proper placement. Four sound-proof private practice rooms are available to students during the school day. Students of the music conservatory participate in NYSSMA music festivals. Guidance and assistance with instrument rentals and purchases are provided by the instructors. Faculty/Student recitals are scheduled during the spring semesters. Students who successfully complete one year of study receive grades and merit music credit on their transcripts. 1 session weekly for 2 semesters.
This is a select, performance-based, group of experienced players. Auditions are required for admittance. Instrumentation includes woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboards, electric guitar and base guitar. Students are taught to read Jazz Band scores, lead sheets, and are taught the basics of improvisation. Repertoire includes arrangements of jazz, pop and Jewish contemporary pieces. Performance venues include Open House, NSHA Dinner, and annual Spring Concert. Private practice rooms are available to students during the school day. 1 session weekly for 2 semesters.
Finale is the industry standard for music software. It enables the musician to write and play back music efficiently. Through the use of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) students can, through the use of a computer and electronic keyboard, play and notate their music simultaneously. Finale is used for notating simple one line melodies as well as arranging complicated vocal and orchestral scores. The “playback” is heard using authentic voices and instrumental timbres. Finale is an invaluable tool for all composers and arrangers. 4 Sessions Weekly for 1 Semester. Prerequisite: Basic Music Theory or placement exam.