Instrumental Music

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.

Vocal Music

Park is the perfect place for students of all experience-levels to learn to sing.  There are three "come one, come all" choral ensembles, in which students develop vocal technique and musical literacy, as well as learn the joy of singing as a group.  Participation in these ensembles includes small-group voice lessons.

Students looking for more individualized attention or hoping to study the performing arts in college can elect to join the Park Vocal Studio, take part in master classes with distinguished guest artists, participate in self-led, tailored independent study courses, and give student recitals in our Theatre.  

General Music Curriculum

Lower school
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.

Middle School
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
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.
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

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