Each division of the School has its own instrumental ensemble and all students are welcome to join. With support from The Elster-Goldstein Family Music Fund's generous endowment, about a third of Park students take private music lessons during the school day. Beginning in second grade, students can study a string instrument with a wide array of instrumental choices open to them in middle and upper school. In addition to ensembles and orchestra, students may form smaller groups based on their current instrumental interests. Each year our orchestra performs in many different venues from campus events to local town concerts to an annual pre-Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Concert at Kleinhans. Some students also participate in the New York State All-State String Orchestras.
General Music Curriculum
Lower School students learn the fundamentals of music through play. Singing, playing instruments, movement, drama, and speech are all incorporated into the music classroom. Students develop tonal memory, gross and fine motor skills, and musical literacy through a combination of activities, including playing unpitched percussion instruments and soprano recorders.
Park owns a classroom set of concert ukuleles, obtained through a grant from the Park Parents Association and a set of M-Audio keyboards obtained through a STEAM grant. Students in middle school music classes learn about western classical and global music traditions in a fun and hands-on way. Using a combination of instruments, computers, iPads, and movement, students explore a variety of musical traditions and improve their musical literacy and knowledge of music history.
Upper School students study music history from the Renaissance era through the modern day. Students also explore music as it relates to current events, with a special focus on music created for social justice. They learn to read music in the treble and bass clefs and utilize this knowledge in the playing of the piano, xylophones, and ukuleles. This course gives students an opportunity to create their own music as a means of self-expression.