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North Shore's Ms. Sandy Sudberg (Director of Music and Performing Arts, Conductor of Symphonic Choir and Chamber Choir) Receives the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award from Board Members Ms. Daniella M. Muller (President), Mr. Arnold Flatow (Executive Director), and Ms. Laura Cohen (Dinner Chair). 
 
l-r:  Mr. Arnie Flatow, Ms. Daniella M. Muller, Ms. Sandy Sudberg, Mr. Arnold Sudberg, Ms. Laura Cohen
 

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.

Our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong participation in and enjoyment of music for all our students.
 
001 Shirah: Ruach and Spirituality

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

 
002 Symphonic Choir

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.

003 Chamber Choir

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.

 
004 Introduction to Band Class

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.

 
005 Concert Band
This is a select, performance-based, group of experienced players. Auditions are required for admittance. Instrumentation includes woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Students are taught to read band scores. Repertoire includes arrangements of classical, pop, and Jewish contemporary pieces. Performance venues include holiday presentations and annual Spring Concert. Grades are determined by participation and achievement. Pricate practice rooms are available to students during the school day. 4 sessions weekly for 2 semesters.
 
 
006 Music Conservatory

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.

 

007 Jazz Band
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.

 

101 Music: What Makes it Great?
This introductory course is designed to broaden the experience and understanding of the listener, and encourage the interest and participation of the student musician. This course includes basic elements of music, composers and their musical styles, creative interpretation, music as a mirror of society, and guest demonstrations by artists-in-residence. Our online media library will provide music and materials. Website listening sources are suggested.  2 sessions weekly for 2 semesters.
 
 
201 Basic Music Theory
Fundamentals of notation, dictation, ear-training, harmony and composition are taught in an organized and progressive manner. Each student uses interactive music theory computer software as part of the curriculum. This course provides a sound foundation which enables students to understand how music is written. This knowledge is essential to the development of the musician as a performer and/or composer. 4 Sessions Weekly for 2 Semesters. Prerequisite: choir or music conservatory participation. 
 
 
401 Introduction to Jazz Styles and Structure
The history, harmony and theory of jazz is explored through “hands on” student compositions, recordings, DVDs and live performances by artists-in-residence. This is an introduction to the basic structure of music. Elementary theory, harmony and dictation, ear training, musical forms and analysis are explored. Successful completion of one performing arts course is a prerequisite for this course. 4 Sessions Weekly for 1 Semester. Prerequisite: Basic Music Theory or placement exam.
 
 
402 Introduction to Finale Music Software

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.

 
403 Sequencing and Recording Studio Lab
Students create, sequence and record instrumental and vocal tracks in our state-of-the-art recording studio laboratory. Students learn techniques of sound engineering using a multi-track mixing board.  2 Sessions Weekly for 1 Semester. Prerequisite: Basic Music Theory or placement exam.
 
 
501 Discovering Jewish Music: From Kodesh to Concert
This elective course is offered to juniors and seniors. It explores the history and literature of Jewish Music. The course includes music of the synagogue, the concert stage and Yiddish theater, Klezmer music, songs of the early State of Israel, contemporary songs of peace and prayer, composers and their music, and guest demonstrations by artists-in-residence. Our online media library will provide music and materials. Website listening sources are suggested. 2 Sessions weekly for 2 semesters.
 
 
601 Advanced Placement Music Theory
A continuation of Basic Music Theory, this course concentrates on preparing the student for the AP Music Theory exam. Strong emphasis is given to melodic and harmonic listening skills as well as compositional techniques. 4 Sessions Weekly for 2 semesters. Prerequisite: Basic Music Theory or placement exam.
 
Sandy Sudberg
Director of Music and Performing Arts, Conductor of Symphonic Choir and Chamber Choir, Director of Music Conservatory
ssudberg@nshahs.org
Jesse Torres
Instructor of Music, Band Director