Thursday, August 25, 2016

New York Post: Music School Cranks Out Geniuses

Music School Cranks Out Geniuses

"The Special Music School at the Kaufman Music Center, which includes kindergarten through 12th grade, is the only city campus that makes music a core part of its curriculum. And its teachers credit the melody-making for their students’ chart-topping test scores."

"Of the 32 schools in its Upper West Side district, SMS’s fourth- and seventh-graders posted the highest proficiency rates on recent state math exams and were second in English."

"The impressive numbers come a year after the school earned top ranking in the entire city in both categories, according to SMS officials."

“Music is discipline,” said SMS senior Johanna Nelson, a pianist. “It teaches you how to focus, how to work with others. It’s a basis for learning that can be applied to everything.”

"With many city public school kids getting little to no formal musical instruction, SMS boosters say administrators should take a look at their success story — and stop viewing the subject as an extracurricular afterthought."

When I was in high school, I was in the Louisville-Jefferson County Youth Orchestra.  At our graduation banquet, the director asked the seniors who were in the National Honor Society to raise their hands.  Every senior raised their hand.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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