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General Music & Instrumental Music

Dance / Movement


NMA forms intermediate and long term partnerships with New York City Public schools that serve disadvantaged children and helps fill the void left by a lack of
  school wide music, theater and dance programs. Our programs provide standards based instruction guided by the NYS learning standards and the NYC Blueprint for learning and teaching in the Arts.

Additionally, many of the programs are appropriate for, or can be adapted to students with Special Needs, and also for English language learners.

All Neighborhood Music and Arts teaching artist residency programs in music, theater and dance/movement are designed to address the skills and knowledge areas emphasized in the NYC Blueprint for the Arts, and the NYS learning standards for the arts.

* Neighborhood Music And Arts is a NYS charity approved by the NYS dept. of Education, a contracted vendor with the NYC Department of Education, and an IRS approved 501c3 not-for-profit corporation.


Pre-K/K/1st grade participatory music*
Students learn to identify instruments and use basic concepts of rhythm, melody, and texture. Performing songs, rhythm counting games and songs with finger play develops language skills and higher brain functions. The children also learn basic musical vocabulary, and listen to recordings of the worldʼs great music.

Choral 2nd – 12th grade*

Repertoire is carefully chosen (in collaboration with the school) carefully matching the level, appropriateness and vocal range to the level of the students, this program can also be focused on a specific time period, social situation, or geographical era such as:

• "Jazz from the Harlem Renaissance"
• "Songs of the Immigrant Experience"
• “Freedom Songs” etc…

We also offer a program entitled “World Song—A Journey through Five Continents”. This program is a survey of international folk songs in a program designed to help reinforce the Social Studies core curriculum

*(please see Social Studies through the Arts) 

 General Music & Instrumental Programs

Please note: NMA does not provide or sell instruments.

General music and instrumental programs teach the elements of music through instrumental programs.

Skills studied include:

• Instrumental technique
• Paying attention to expression and feeling
• Reading music
• Dynamics
• Counting rhythms and subdividing
• Playing in ensemble
• Musical vocabulary
 To listen and respond to music

Recorder: 1st-5th grade (Songflute for 1st and 2nd grades, recorder for 3rd grade+)

Rhythm Workshop (Hand or stick drumming):
2nd-12th grade

This program can be focused on African, Latin, or Western percussion traditions

Keyboards: 2nd-12th grade

String orchestra: 2nd-12th grade 


Skills studied include:

• General and style-specific dance vocabulary
• Appropriate dance etiquette
• The ways that dance is used in communities for celebration or storytelling
• Who-when-where a particular dance would be performed
• Balance, timing and rhythm
• Connecting dance to music using correct counts
• Partnering, ensemble work
• Listening to and following directions
• Performing for others
• History and cultural origins of the dances


International Folk Dance: K-6th grades
(Please see Social Studies through Dance)

The curriculum includes dances from places such as Latin America, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, and the United States. Students develop kinetic skills and learn to use the body as a tool while they make multi-cultural connections. The focus can also be on an individual country or region ie: African Dance etc…

Ballroom: 3th-12th grade
(Ballroom/Latin/Swing/Social dancing)
Provides the students an opportunity to engage in partner dances including the tango, Fox Trot, Swing, Salsa, Meringue, and Waltz etc…

Creative Movement:
K-12th grade

Students learn to use the body as a form of expression. Using movements drawn from many dance styles as well as martial arts and yoga, the students learn to Isolate individual body parts, Balance, Basic locomotor and leveled movements, focus and attention, and perform for peers. Or alternatively, this program can also be focused on: 

Yoga or Tai Chi
Simple Yoga postures are taught for stretching, conditioning, focus, and relaxation.

Martial Arts
The students develop kinetic skills, discipline and self defense skills through forms and paired exercises in a supportive, non-competitive program. (No sparring or competition).

Hip-Hop Dance 3rd-12th grade
Introduces students to hip-hop dance using techniques such as top rock, breaking—including different types of floor moves, freezes, rhythmic isolation of body parts, six-step, Cee Cee, Kick out, and spins. Students learn to express themselves in their own unique way.


*All NMA theater programs are appropriate for English language learners.

Theater programs can be focused on students creating their own work, or on performing scenes from the theater traditions.

The Actor as Storyteller: 1st-12th grade
The students explore the myriad ways to communicate stories as diverse as classical myths, cultural folktales, contemporary lays and individual narrative. This program provides students the opportunity to:

• Use their voice and body
• Engage in group and solo work using both real and imaginary conditions
• Create opportunities for children to learn and use appropriate theater vocabulary
• Learn acting techniques, use of space, read and/or write scripts
• Learn-understand-and follow stage directions
• Develop characters
• Making cultural connections
• Reflect on their work and the work of their peers

Readers Theater: (usually done in the classroom)
nd-12th grade

This literacy oriented program
• Fosters reading, diction and public speaking skills.
• Provides the students the opportunity to read aloud quality, age appropriate scripts while focusing on vocal projection, tone/vocal inflection, character development.
• Recognizing text from stage directions, listening and responding to cues.

Social Studies through Theater

(Please see the Social Studies through the Performing Arts page)

Musical Theater: 5th -12th grade
This program can be focused on an existing musical, or an original musical can be developed with the students:

*Pease note: Musical Theater programs require 2 teaching artists, one pianist/musical director, and one theater director. The school is responsible for acquiring the appropriate licensing for scripts and scores if needed.

Social Studies Through Performing Arts
Our Social Studies Through the Arts programs have been designed with the NYS learning standards for the arts, the NYC Blueprint for the Arts, and the NYS social studies core curriculum in mind. Emphasizing communities, cultures, and the role that the arts play in cultures and communities.

Social Studies Through Music: 1st-6th  grade

World Song—a Musical Journey through Five Continents
Students learn songs from countries in Latin America, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, and the United States. 10-12 (minimum) sessions, with the last session being a sharing / performance. (The students will be able to perform about 10 songs from countries from all 5 continents.)

Social Studies Through Dance:
1st-6th grade

World Dance—a Dance Journey through Five Continents
Developing basic kinetic skills while learning dances from countries in Latin America, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, and the United States. Students use the body as a tool while they make multi-cultural connections. 10-12 (minimum) sessions, with the last session being a sharing/performance. (The students will be able to perform about 10 dances from countries from all 5 continents).

Social Studies Through Theater: 1st-6th grade
Working in collaboration with the classroom teacher, the students and teaching artist create a dramatization of a folktale, legend, or historical incident connected to their social studies curriculum. Minimum 10-12 sessions.

I would recommend Neighborhood Music and Arts to all school interested in providing further instruction in the arts to their students-Asst.
-Principle PS Q046
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