S’Cool Sounds Music in the Classroom: A Hands-on Experience
The S’Cool Sounds music program provides school children in grades K through 5 with life-long advantages for learning, growing, and living by teaching them to play a musical instrument in the classroom.
Learning a musical instrument draws on and nourishes multiple life skills, helping to develop the whole child as a focused, disciplined and creative individual. In partnership with the school and its teachers, the program fosters music making as a natural expression of each child and the school community. S’Cool Sounds promotes intellectual growth, attentiveness to detail, habits of cooperation, and confidence through its program of practical, hands-on instruction. Using music from widely diverse traditions and time periods, the program expands students’ appreciation of music as a universal activity that transcends cultural, religious, and geographical boundaries. Unique to the S’Cool Sounds program is an immediate emphasis on the classroom as an ensemble, fostering communication skills, teamwork, mutual appreciation and support—the same skills required to build a successful classroom, school, and community.
S'COOL SOUNDS is vitally engaged in four New York City schools during the 2014-2015 school year including two new schools. We are poised to expand into more with your help. We welcome your generous donation.
To make a targeted gift to a particular school where the program is active, including the Ella Baker School on East 67th Street, the Washington Heights Choir School on West 179th Street, P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and P.S. 333 on West 93rd Street, click on the button to the right, then fill in the school’s name in the comment area on the checkout page. To make an unrestricted gift to support the entire S'Cool Sounds program, leave the comment area blank.
ADVISORY BOARD Anthony Elitcher, New York Continuo Collective Peter L. Faber, McDermott Will & Emery LLP Karen Geer, Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music Christine Gummere, Sinfonia New York Barbara Zinn Krieger, Making Books Sing Richard A. Pace, Oratorio Society of New York Rita Putnam, New York State Council on the Arts Wendy Steiner,University of Pennsylvania
LEADERSHIP Nina Stern, Artistic Director and Recorder Instructor Gene Murrow, Executive Director, Gotham Early Music Scene Paul Ross, Operations Manager, Gotham Early Music Scene Naomi Morse, Office Manager, Gotham Early Music Scene
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING “This
music helps me express my feelings. I thought I couldn’t play the
recorder. Now I know I can, and if I can play the recorder I can play
almost any instrument. And I can learn other things, too.” Khalif,
age 8, Ella Baker School
"Our collaboration with Nina Stern
has brought the halls and building alive at the Ella Baker School with
exquisite music – music that inspires and soars and reaches deep into
our hearts and into every corner of our school." Laura Garcia
Principal, The Ella Baker School
“Nina Stern breaks down
complex melodies to ensure a role in the ensemble for every child.
Refusing to give in to the stereotype of the twice-weekly arts class in
which kids just relax, she demands excellence.” Valerie Strauss,
The Washington Post
“Music education should be aimed at
making music become a part of a child’s life, and that is what Nina is
doing.” Libby Larsen, American composer