Spring Concerts!

Dear parents,

There will be two spring concerts to showcase the talents of our students.

On May 15th at 12:30pm, the 4th and 5th grade band students will take the stage for our spring band concert. Experienced band members should continue to bring their instruments on Mondays for lessons and Wednesdays for full band. There will not be full band on Wednesday, May 3 due to testing.

On May 22nd, all of the TAOTS students will be featured for the spring music festival. The Kindergarten and 1st grade classes will perform at 9:00am. The 4th and 5th grade classes will perform at 10:00am. The 2nd and 3rd grade classes will perform at 12:00pm.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Mr. Dubin

jdubin@taots.org

2016 Holiday Showcase!

Dear TAOTS parents,

Our Holiday Concert is approaching fast! It will take place on December 19th from 9:00-10:00am for Kindergarten and 1st grade, 10:00-11:00am for 4th and 5th grade, and 12:00-1:00 for 2nd and 3rd grade. Our experienced band students will be performing a few selections for the 4th and 5th grade portion of the concert. Band students new to their instrument will not perform until the spring concert, however.

In preparation for our Winter Showcase, I will be having additional band rehearsals for our experienced students. In addition to their regular Monday lesson times, our experienced band students will meet Wednesdays first period from 8:00 – 8:40am.  These rehearsals will take place on Wednesday, December 7th and Wednesday, December 14th. These band students, as always, are responsible for any missed work.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Dubin

jdubin@taots.org

TAOTS Band: Winter Showcase January 28th!

Dear TAOTS band parents,

Our Winter Showcase is approaching fast! It will take place on January 28th at 12:00pm (3rd-5th grade) (K-2nd grade starts at 8:30am). Our experienced band students will be performing a few selections for the 3rd through 5th grade portion of the concert. Our 1st year band students, however, are not quite ready, and won’t perform until the spring show.

In preparation for our Winter Showcase, we will be having additional band rehearsals for our experienced students. In addition to their regular Monday lesson times, our experienced band students will meet Wednesdays first period from 8:05 – 8:35am.  These rehearsals will take place for the month of January. They will include our experienced flute and clarinet students who normally meet Mondays from 10:00-10:30am and our experienced saxophone and trumpet students who normally meet Mondays from 12:25-12:55pm. These band students, as always, are responsible for any missed work.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Dubin

 

Our TAOTS Band is All Set To Begin!

Mr. Jared Dubin, our TAOTS music teacher, held a special assembly with his music collaborators showcasing the various instruments that will be featured in our TAOTS Band after school program.

Students in grades 3-5 who are interested must sign up by Oct. 12th.  You may access the form by clicking this link:

Band Sign Up Letter (.doc)

The instrumental classes are scheduled to begin on October 19th. Students will be allowed to take the instruments home to practice so therefore it is imperative that the instrumental care agreement be returned no later than Oct. 16th.

March Music Newsletter

“It is not technique that is the essence of art, but the soul. As soon as the soul can communicate freely, without obstacles, a complete musical effect is created. Technique sufficient for free manifestation of the child’s soul can easily be mastered under a good leader in any school.”

– Zoltan Kodaly

                                                                                                                                                                  

Dear friends,

In this newsletter I would like to share with you about singing’s role in child development and expected outcomes for each grade.

At birth, we are provided with a healthy voice. A baby breathes in a healthy, and natural way. Otherwise, it could not cry loudly for hours without losing its voice. As that baby grows older, the shocks of life, the strains and stress, and sometimes the lack of exercise are compounded by unhealthy vocal models on radio and television. Many voices lose their natural ability from childhood to sing in a free and open head tone. How often do we hear children singing with a chesty speaking voice that has lost its beautiful head tone?

Standard 1, in the National Standards for Arts Education, is Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.     a steady tempo. Students sing expressively, with appropriate dynamics, phrasing, and interpretation. Students sing from memory a varied repertoire of songs representing genres and styles from diverse cultures. Students sing ostinatos , partner songs, and rounds. Students sing in groups, blending vocal timbres, matching dynamic levels, and responding to the cues of a conductor.

Why Standard 1 is singing?

Teaching voice is more difficult than teaching keyboard or other instruments. The instrument of a singer is the human body; many parts of that instrument are not visible. The voice teacher must resort to imagination, fantasy, and images to teach his students. The teacher must listen to the voice and be able to analyze its problems. He must teach the singer how to listen.   Music enables men of different races, men who do not speak the same articulate language, to work together, achieve an harmonious union, and share the same emotions. Repertoire plays big role for education.   We want our children to be responsible, decent, caring, compassionate people with good values and much to contribute to the world when they become adults.

Each lesson consists of several activities but singing is always involved. Please, see what song your child is singing during music lessons at present time.

Kindergarten: -“The Alphabet Tango “, “Don Alfredo Baila”

First Grade: -“People in Your Neighborhood”

Second Grade:“Winter Alphabet” , “Rules for Living”

Third Grade: -“Big dream”

Fourth Grade: -.”Oh, what a day”

Fifth Grade:- “Rhythm of Life”

I hope you had great opportunity to visit Winter Festival. Our students performed songs and I am very proud of them.

Thank you,

Mayya Shoykhet -Music Teacher

Music Newsletter # 2

P1000563I would like to share with you some special music programs that are being implemented in our music lessons.

Music and the Brain

Music and the Brain is a  piano curriculum aimed at K–2 students. Students learn pattern recognition, and it helps with math skills and literacy. Music helps students to focus, to concentrate, to attend to a task, and to memorize things. Our music room has 12 keyboards. The extensive curriculum includes a repertoire of 156 songs, including examples of classical, folk, children’s music , and world music. Presented sequentially, the songs teach ear training (for rhythm and pitch), movements, analysis, geography, history, storytelling, games, singing, dancing, piano playing, improvisation and performance. Music and the Brain stimulates kids to think, act on that thinking, and become inspired to produce their own sounds. With Music and the Brain, students find where notes are repeated, discuss and describe the music and how it felt to them, and create stones to go with the music.

ACJW

The Academy is  a program of Carnegie Hall, The Julliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Ensemble ACJW identified an Ensemble ACJW Fellow for a Partner school (our school) and I as a certified music specialist will be their Partner Teacher. I will  plan and co-teach with an  ACJW Fellow for our third through fifth grade students. An ACJW Fellow brings his/her artistry into the classroom focused  on student – centered, musical skill – building through interactive performance units and creative approaches to skill – based work.

ACJW also  provides Concert Tickets at Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School. ACJW purchases tickets to performances at Carnegie Hall for the communities of each of its partner schools. Students are especially encouraged to attend performances given by Ensemble ACJW, both at Carnegie Hall, Julliard, and other venues around New York City. Each family can request three tickets.

You can find a list of performances (see attached) with   Group Holds at Carnegie Hall. These performances must be requested at least Two Weeks Prior to concert date. The request will go to your child’s teacher who will forward it to me. (see attached ticket request).

Please note:

  • We cannot guarantee that your ticket requests will be fulfilled
  • Due to limited availability, we may only be able to accommodate a portion of your request
  • Request are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Music Memory

Music Memory is a curriculum offered to our grade 3 through 5 students that provides an in – depth study of 16 classical music selections.

  • Third -Fourth Grade (5 students)
  • Fifth Grade (5 students)

Cheered-on by parents and classmates, selected students are given the opportunity to show off their amazing listening and recognition skills, identifying the pieces and the composers of the 16 works they have studied throughout the year from musical fragments as brief as a single chord played onstage by Riverside Symphony at the Citywide Music Memory Finals in the spring. Their innate love of music, kindled in them throughout the school year on this unique musical voyage, is fired by the excitement of the competition.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Shoykhet, Music Teacher