Generally, students in grades Pre-K through 5 meet for music with Mr. Iocco once a week for 50 minutes. Students sing, move, play instruments, express music, and create it. Each class provides a fun and engaging way for children to explore the conventions of rhythm and pitch---the building blocks of music---through a varied repertoire of songs and activities. There are countless opportunities for musicians to perform solo or in an ensemble. Aural skills are honed through critical listening and intellect is sharpened through class discussions. Please read the Music Newsletters (see below) for more information about the skills and concepts covered.
Class is broken up into the nine basic components of music education (source: National Association for Music Education): singing, performing on instruments, improvising, composing, reading music notation, analyzing and describing music, evaluating musical performances, relating music to other disciplines, and relating music to its history and culture.
Partner Rhythm Puzzle
The "Triangle Tangle"
Singing about Squirrels
Composing 4-beat Rhythms
"Let Us Chase the Squirrel" song
2nd Grade Composer
4th Grade Guitar Players
Expressing Gratitude Together
Advanced Rhythm Writing
Reciting our "Golden Words"
1st Graders Provide Accompaniment
Building 4-Beat Rhythms
Singing "The Three Little Pigs" Song
Pre-K/K - musical concepts; music immersion; classroom instruments, singing games
Grade 1 - solo singing and playing; intro to music notation; intro to the Orff orchestra
Grade 2 - music theory; folk songs; Orff orchestra; program music
Grade 3 - the orchestra/families of instruments; world music, jazz
Grade 4 - music literacy; soprano recorder; master composers; genres of music
Grade 5 - chorus; experimental music; class performances (Showcase)
Music Goals Spell Good H-A-B-I-Ts
All musicians are assessed according to the following goals, which each lesson aims to address:
Do your best
Feel the music
Express the music
Create your own music
Share the music with someone else
Speak in rhythm
Sing in rhythm
Play in rhythm
Move in rhythm
Know how to read music
Have smart conversations about music
Learn about the history of music
Create and defend your own opinions about musical performances
Understand how music fits into the world around you
Sing on pitch
Play the right notes
Know lots of tunes
Find your own voice and make it the best it can be
*The terms "Tuneful, Beatful, Artful" are adapted from the work of John Feierabend - author, educator, staff developer, and leading authority on early childhood music.
P.S. 116 has been participating in NYSSMA Solo Festival since 2014. It was established to provide young musicians with experience performing for a trained adjudicator on an instrument or voice. Students receive feedback in the form of written comments that will help them to grow and improve as performers. All students in grades 1-5 are eligible, but they must prepare an approved solo from the NYSSMA manual with their private teacher (see below).
There are a number of private instrumental and voice teachers in our community. Available space in each studio is not guaranteed, and you will need to contact the teacher for further information. If you are a private teacher and wish to be listed below, please contact Mr. Iocco.
Voice, Vocal/Theatre Coaching & Audition Preparation
Voice, Beginning Piano, Early Childhood Music
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Classic American Folk Songs for Kids
Second Grade Singing Unit
She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain
I've Been Working on the Railroad
Home on the Range
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Take Me Out to the Ballgame