Music is part of everything around us, and can be experienced in all aspects of life. The New York State Learning Standards of the Arts contain the following elements involved in music education: create, present, perform, produce, respond and connect. Every subject contains elements of these standards in music. Music is present in all subject areas including Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Physical Education and Health. While studying music, a student learns and builds various life skills. The Seaford Public School system offers many courses in music to help expand and build these skills.
Elementary Music Instruction
The Seaford Harbor and Manor Music Departments introduce students to develop their musical abilities and music literacy. Students experience and create a variety of genres and styles that foster this vital early developmental stage. Students actively engage in performance and experience many musical genres. They have opportunities from playing classroom instruments, singing, small group instrumental lessons and band and chorus ensembles.
Secondary Music Instruction
The Seaford Middle and High School Music Departments encourage students to discover and develop musical talent. Students actively engage in performance in the arts, including ensemble and solo performances. Throughout the year, students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts. Traditional musical instruments and electronic keyboards with computers will also be used for composition. The classroom and performance opportunities will engage students to analyze and respond quickly to a variety of works of music, with an understanding of the basic elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, form, and timbre. The arts shape the diverse cultures of past and present society, and this relationship will be explored using musical repertoire.
All buildings participate in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festivals. This includes solo and ensemble performances. For more information regarding NYSSMA, please go to https://www.nyssma.org/parents-students/.