About the Music Program

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P.S. 11 is committed to making music an integral part of curriculum. Music stimulates the imagination and enlightens the mind. It is an integral part of the education and development of the whole person. Music stimulates critical thinking, inspires a thirst for new ideas, and cultivates a sensitivity to the world as a whole. Ms. Golub believes in the healing power of music and believes everyone needs music in their life.

At P.S.harp 11 Ms. Golub has a multicultural music program that integrates music with curriculum. Age appropriate songs and materials are used to bring our global curriculum to life. We celebrate various holidays such as Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, The Chinese New Year, Jewish holidays and other holidays through music. Our music program explores how music is not only made with instruments but is created with our bodies; the feet, the fingers, and the voice. We try to provide a program that can help us to trace the history of American musical forms, such as country music and jazz. Our music program offers jazz and rap to Latin and Broadway. We attempt to build a knowledge of music, the orchestra and its repertoire. We learn musical notation, theory and music appreciation. Children at P.S. 11 learn how to play a variety of instruments including keyboard, recorder, harmonica, percussion, world drums, and guitar. mozart

P.S. 11 and Ms. Golub participate in the Music and the Brain program. This is a wonderful program where our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students receive keyboard lessons.

Click on the console next to the picture of Mozart to listen to "Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos K448" which was used in the "Music and the Brain" research.

The program researches early keyboard instruction and its effect on children's cognitive ability. Their research expands on studies done by physicist Gordon Shaw and psychologist Frances Rauscher who found that when children are taught to play a piano, they scored significantly higher on tests of spatial-temporal reasoning, the ability to accurately form mental images of physical objects and to recognize variations in their shapes and positions. It is a precursor to logical thinking, abstract thinking, and problem solving.

In addition, studies have shown that these keyboard lessons are improving math scores, response time, and even language art skills in children.

Each Music and the Brain class is taught by Ms. Golub. She uses upper grade students as helpers. This arrangement has proven to be a valuable experience for both the younger children and their older helpers. They are learning so much from each other; it's an incredible working relationship to watch.

There is one keyboard per child on which they learn to play a varied repertoire of forty to fifty songs. Every class involves: singing, reading music, ear training, listening, playing the keyboard, and performing.

Although the results that the Program is getting are amazing, equally important to Ms. Golub is that the children are having a lot of fun learning to play piano as well as "talking the language of music". It is truly an amazing program.

P.S. 11 has a wonderful After School Program where children can practice piano with Ms. Golub.

The Afterschool Program also offers a Music Appreciation Class with Ms. Golub. She participates in the Riverside Symphony Music Memory Program, a program designed to develop a lasting appreciation for fine music in young people. The program culminates in a "Name That Tune" like competition at Alice Tully Hall.

We also are affiliated with the Julliard School of Music. Their Morse Fellowship Program enables graduate students to work with classes in our school in their own classrooms on a weekly basis, for the entire academic year.

Juilliard's Concert Fellowship Program is geared toward our fourth grade students and the understanding of the four families of musical instruments - strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. The students attend concerts at Juilliard featuring one family of instruments at each performance throughout the academic year.

Another program we participate with is Circle In The Square. Graduates of their program work with our third grade students teaching them about playwriting, acting and other theatre skills. The residency ends in a performance by the actors and the children.

Much of the exposure that our students will get to the arts is going to come from within the school. Therefore, we feel it is our responsibility to introduce these students not only to music of the United States, but the music of other cultures to help them to understand themselves and expand their understanding of cultural diversity. They need to be able to interpret their roots and different cultures through the arts. We have a program that offers the children music from different parts of the world, accompanied by authentic instruments from each culture. Our music program attempts to understand multicultural, environmental, and special curriculum needs. It focuses not only on aesthetics, but on various themes, social issues, and the concerns of our community and city.

The children of P.S. 11 are introduced to different aspects of music in an exciting program, one that combines education, student participation, and fun! In Ms.Golub they not only get an educator, but an entertainer to keep their interest. A mix of music with the curriculum is the only way she believes that children can get a well-balanced education.

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