Performing and Fine Arts
Pollitt

Ken Pollitt
Curriculum Associate, Performing and Fine Arts

(516) 203-3600 ext. 3246
kpollitt@jerichoschools.org

Jericho Elementary, Middle School, and High School
Music Curriculum Summary

Program Overview:

Jericho’s Music Program provides our students with a sequential study of classroom and vocal music beginning in kindergarten. They learn recorder in the third grade and begin formal band and orcheatral instrumental training in the fourth grade. On the secondary level, our music curriculum encompasses several genres including concert, marching and jazz bands; high school chorus; string and chamber orchestras; music theory; drama and musical productions. In recognition of their levels of quality, our ensembles have earned consistently high ratings at regional and State-level festivals.Jericho’s twelve (12) music teachers are certified by New York State in Music Education and serve students in three elementary campuses, one middle school, and one senior high school. They specialize in either general/classroom music, band, orchestral or vocal music. Our music staff boasts one chairperson for the Balanced Mind Arts Assessment Conference, NYSSMA chairpersons, and Nassau Music Educators’ All-County chairpersons and officers.

New York State Learning Standards for Music: 

Standard 1:  Creating Performing and Participating in the Arts (Music)Standard 2:  Knowing and Using Arts MaterialsStandard 3:  Responding To and Analyzing Works of Art (Music)Standard 4:  Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts (Music)


Click here for a Music Department Flow Chart


Music Department Goals and Vision:

First and foremost the vision statement from the Music Department is about improving the music education of all children.  It is not about advocating for a particular theory of music education, or a particular way of recording or reporting progress in music education.  It is exclusively about improving how the art of music affects children’s lives. 

Believing passionately that music enhances the human condition, deepens aesthetic experience and forms a powerful connection in the brain between cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills; the music department tries to bring that sense of power and beauty into the lives of students. 

The Music Department in the Jericho Schools is encouraged to be passionate messengers for music and music education.  We are all teacher/musicians.  That is to say, we teach children first and our subject is music.  We strive to meet the educational needs of students through music.  To that end, all of our curricula offerings are child-centered (rather than teacher-directed) and highly student participatory (rather than lecture driven.)  Our courses strive to accommodate and celebrate differences and diversity rather than lock-step everyone in a “one-size-fits-all” mold.  We then take those individual differences and highlight the diversity, blending and homogenizing the contributions of all students into an ensemble.  In much the same way that the school is made up of a diverse population, the band (or chorus or orchestra) is made up of a wide variety of differing instruments.  The hallmark of excellent teaching and masterful music education is when a teacher/rehearser/director can skillfully bring the individual parts together in a concertized whole.  

Coupled with this is understanding when to be a leader (soloist) and when to be a follower (ensemble or team member).  The vision for the department should be to foster ethical, fair-minded, disciplined, cooperative, and creative problem-solvers, capable of assuming the dual roles of leadership or teamsmanship as each individual situation dictates.  Students should be able to transfer acquired knowledge and appropriately apply musical understandings to new situations. 

There is no evidence to suggest that “higher standards” will do anything except expand cognition, but the integration of The Arts in a comprehensive curriculum will make us more human and more complete.  While newer technologies may someday revolutionize the way we compute, write, sort, summarize, edit, and present ideas, it will remain incumbent upon the Arts to tap into our humanity and our ability to react, feel, emote, sympathize, appreciate, love, express, and create.  

The vision for the Music Department is to nurture the complete child.  Helping students grow into complete adults, equipped with far more than amassed facts, they will experience the civility in life that they learned in music as “harmony.”


 

Music Department Instructional Units:

The Board of Education and Administration strongly and proudly support the District's Music and Fine Arts program, which also includes visual arts, media and graphic arts, and dramatic and musical productions. Students have received recognition and honors in all areas of the arts on the national, state and local levels.

Music Curriculum

General/Classroom Music 
Grades K-5
 
Instruction on Recorder
Third grade

Band, Orchestra, Chorus
Grades 4-12

Music Theory I & II
Grades 9-12

Exploratory Music
Grades 6-7

MIDI Composition
Grades 9-12

For Performing Arts course offerings at the High School, please click here


Featured Ensembles

 

The Jericho High School Bands, Orchestra and Chorus have received outstanding awards at “Music in the Parks” competitions as well as MYSSMA major festivals.
The Jericho High School Marching Band has served the Jericho community in the High School homecoming parade, athletic field openings and in football halftime shows.
Out High School Jazz Ensemble has been featured at the Berklee Jaxx Festival in Boston and at the Herricks (formerly Levittown) Jazz Festival as well as at personal Best Days, Senior Awards Night and community functions.
Our jazz combo has performed for Make-A-Wish Benefit Concerts, Tri-M Introductions and for Grandparents Day at the Fox Hollow.
Our String Octet was featured at Staff Recognition Night.

Our Chamber Orchestra (student-run) has entertained in numerous Senior Care Facilities in the area. 


Music Programs Awards, Highlights
One of the Best Communities for Music Education in American (NAMM Foundation) in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.) We are the only school in the United States to receive this award for nine consecutive years!
Semi-finalist, Grammy Signature Schools Program (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 2006, 2008)
Sweepstakes Winner – Music in the Parks Competition

Extra-Curricular Clubs and Ensembles

Marching Band Flagline, Chamber Choir, Dramatic Stage Production, Pit Orchestra, Chamber Strings Groups, Musical Stage Production, Flute Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Jazz Combo. 

St John's University Credit

The Music Department offers a Musical Theater course, taught by Jericho faculty that carries St. John's University Credit. Students electing this course can earn college credit while they are still in high school. 




Music & the Common Core 

Fine and Performing Arts teachers have been making connections to mathematics and language arts through the content of their individual discipline. Within the Arts, the content of art, music, dance, and theatre are based on Artistic Behaviors:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creating Personal Meaning
  • Social, Cultural, Historical, and Contemporary Context
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Information and Technology Literacy
  • Productivity, Accountability and Self-Direction
  • Leadership and Responsibility.

These Fine Arts Artistic Behaviors share commonalities with the Standards for Mathematical Practice:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Additionally, Fine Arts teachers encourage their students to be articulate. As artists, we believe in the importance of being able to be reflective, have the ability to critique your work and the work of others, have the ability to follow directions, as well as to be able to write clearly.

Click here for information on Instrumental Music Practices

Click here for information on Vocal and General Music Practices

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Jericho Elementary, Middle School,

And High School Art Curriculum Summary

  

New York State Learning Standards for Visual Arts: 

Standard 1:  Creating Performing and Participating in the Arts (Visual Arts)

Standard 2:  Knowing and Using Arts Materials

Standard 3:  Responding To and Analyzing Works of Art (Visual Arts)

Standard 4:  Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts

 
Click here for Art Department Flow Chart

Art Department Goals and Vision

First and foremost the vision statement from the Art Department is about improving art education of children.  It is not about advocating for a particular theory of education, or a particular way of recording or reporting progress in education.  It is exclusively about improving how the art affects children’s lives. 

Since art enhances the human condition, deepens aesthetic experience and forms a powerful connection in the brain between cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills; the art department tries to bring that sense of power and beauty into the lives of students. 

The Art Department in the Jericho Schools is encouraged to be passionate messengers for art education.  We are all teacher/artists.  That is to say, we teach children first and our subject is art.  We strive to meet the educational needs of students through art.  To that end, all of our curricula offerings are child-centered (rather than teacher-directed) and highly student participatory (rather than lecture driven.)  Our courses strive to accommodate and celebrate differences and diversity rather than lock-step everyone in a “one-size-fits-all” mold. 

There is no evidence to suggest that “higher standards” will do anything except expand cognition, but the integration of The Arts in a comprehensive curriculum will make us more human and more complete.  While newer technologies may someday revolutionize the way we compute, write, sort, summarize, edit, and present ideas, it will remain incumbent upon the Arts to tap into our humanity and our ability to react, feel, emote, sympathize, appreciate, love, express, and create.  

The vision for the Art Department is to nurture the complete child.  Helping students grow into complete adults, equipped with far more than amassed facts, they will experience the civility in life that they learned in music as “harmony.”

 

Art Department Instructional Units:  

Art is taught as a classroom subject at the Elementary School level by certified art teachers.  At this level they bring a variety of art styles and genres to the students to develop both awareness and an appreciation for art in its many forms.  Students learn how to use art tools to create individual projects. As they do they develop a sense of color, balance, texture, form and special relationship.  As students get older, more advanced concepts are added in this spiral curriculum.

At the Middle School, art is integrated with all areas of instruction.  A highly competent staff guides 6th-8th graders through art projects.  Additionally, students are exposed to digital art in computer labs.  A variety of software is used to allow for student creativity. 

At the High School level, Digital Media Art, Studio Art, AP Art Seminar, Photography and more specific areas of art make up a comprehensive art curriculum.  An expert staff can assist further development of art concepts as well as encourage and critique artistic efforts.  The creative process is celebrated as students become artistically independent and advanced.  AP Exams are offered in Photography.

 For Fine Arts Course offerings at the High School, please click here