WELCOME TO M. S. 137’S MUSIC DEPARTMENT!

Mission Statement:
The mission of the America's School of Heroes Music Department is to provide authentic and meaningful musical experiences through performance in an environment that nurtures, motivates, and challenges students to become proficient musicians.

Students on the performance track are taught the fundamental concepts and skills required to begin instrumental or vocal instruction. Curricula are designed standards found in the New York State Music Blueprint.

Beginning Level:
Students learn music and rhythmic notation, performance techniques, ensemble etiquette, develop their listening skill all while learning how to play an instrument or sing.

Intermediate Level:
Music fundamentals learned during the previous year are reinforced while new concepts and playing techniques are introduced. Students a this level work on musical repertoire in preparation for both the Winter and Spring concerts.

Advanced Level:
At this level, students are honing their technical proficiency through scales studies, drills, and advanced repertoire. The focus is less on the individual and more on the group as a whole. As a result, focus is given to ensemble balance, clarity, blend, and intonation. In addition to performing in both the Winter and Spring concerts, students also prepare for NYSSMA adjudication and other outside venues.

Winter 2015 concert

 

 

 

 

Videos from the 2014 Spring Concert

Beginner Choir: Ms. Natal
Funga Alafia (Song of Welcome)……………… Arr. Jill Gallina

Child of Peace ...............................................Words/Music by Lynn Waggoner

Top of the World………………………… Words/Music by Bettis & Carpenter
                                                                                 Arr. Huff

 

Advanced Choir: Ms. Natal
Banana Boat Loader’s Song (Day Oh) …………….. Arr. Tom Anderson

El Capotin………………………………………… Arr. Lois Fiftal & Greg Gilpin

Turn the World Around………………Words/Music by Belafonte & Freedman
                                                                                   Arr by Roger Emerson

 

Select Choir: Ms. Natal

A Child of Song ………………………………… Derryl Herring and Andy Beck

The Lion Sleep Tonight ……………Words/Music Weiss, Peretti and Creatore

 

Finale: All Choirs and Symphonic Concert Band
America the Beautiful …………………………Music/words Samuel Ward Arr. Kinyon