Brooklyn Music School Enrichment Course Descriptions
Please contact Brooklyn Music School at 718-638-5660 to discuss developing a program in your school.
BMS offers outreach classes to local schools in the following formats:
The Brooklyn Music School’s Choral Outreach/Enrichment program stems from BMS’s long-standing tradition in the vocal arts. Many students from the Brooklyn Music School have gone on to successful careers as performing vocalists. Choral instruction is available for students of all ages/grades and can be offered as a Music Drama course as well. Students learn the basics of vocal technique that include proper posture, projection, and diction. Students learn songs mostly from a non-liturgical repertoire that includes classical, popular, folk and Broadway show tunes. Students will be taught the basic concepts of Music Theory and how they apply to sight-singing and singing in a group setting. Each program culminates with a group performance. The class can have as many as 25-30 students.
The Brooklyn Music School’s Percussion Outreach/Enrichment program considers many different facets of percussion instruments from around the world with an emphasis on rhythmic fundamentals. Students will be taught the basic concepts of rhythmic notation and apply them to the instruments that they are working with. Past programs have had students work with snare drums and toms, practice pads, Remo Sound Shapes ã, and a variety of world percussion instruments including African, Latin, and Middle-Eastern drums. Given the variety of percussion instruments, each course’s curriculum is custom made based on preference, budget, student’s grade level, and how often the class meets. Each drum program culminates with a performance displaying the students ability to not only play their particular percussion instrument, but also demonstrates the ability to perform in a group setting. The class can have a maximum of 15 students per class.
The Brooklyn Music School’s Guitar Outreach/Enrichment program gives a basic introduction to the guitar giving the students a basic overview of the instrument. Each student will have the basic knowledge to pursue study in any of the different styles of guitar (classical, jazz, rock, etc.) on either electric or acoustic guitar. Students start out with single note songs and eventually learn the basic principals of chord play. Students gain experience in performing solo and also with a group. They not only learn about proper performance posture and guitar technique, but also about the parts of the guitar and proper guitar maintenance. Each guitar program culminates with a group performance. Students are not only exposed to classical songs, but also basic blues and rock songs as well. The class can have a maximum of 15 students per class.
The Brooklyn Music School Recorder Outreach/Enrichment classes are ideal for elementary students and for those schools that want to give their students an introduction to music without a major investment in instruments. The course begins with an introduction to the instrument that includes its history and description of the different parts of the instrument. Students apply basic concepts of music theory to their recorder play. They learn how to identify rhythms and music notation on the recorder while also learning the basic principals of breath that can be applied to wind and brass instruments. The students learn basic songs on the recorder and perform them upon culmination of the class. Each student is given a recorder upon completion of the class. The class can have as many as 25 per class.
Violin at the Brooklyn Music School has a long-standing tradition of excellence and this standard is transferred into the enrichment/outreach classroom. Students begin with a brief historical overview of the instrument while also gaining an appreciation of the instruments diversity extending beyond the scope of just classical music. After learning the intricacies of the different parts and maintenance of the instrument, students then learn the proper posture and positioning of the instrument and bow. The basic principals of music theory including notation and rhythmic concepts are then applied to the violin creating simple songs that the students eventually perform together and solo upon completion of the course. Violin at the Brooklyn Music School incorporates many different methods including Sevcik, Wohlfardt, and Suzuki. The class can have a maximum of 12 students per class.
Keyboard classes at the Brooklyn Music School extend from its tradition in offering world-class piano instruction. Many of the same concepts that students learn at the Brooklyn Music School and have taken with them to some of the finest conservatories in the world are applied to the in-class keyboard curriculum. Students are taught the particulars of proper piano technique and apply them to the songs they play and eventually perform. Basic concepts of music theory including notation on the grand staff are taught and applied to the keyboard; giving the students a firm knowledge that they can continue to apply to further piano studies or any other instrument of their choosing. Students learn how to play and eventually perform with both hands in a solo setting and also in a group setting. The class can hold a maximum of 15 students per class.