ICS Chorus!

This winter we will be starting our first session of ICS Chorus! The info for the 6 rehearsal dates and 1 performance for the chorus are below. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at kgarcia@icsnyc.org .



Welcome back to Music! – Rules, Procedures, & Social/Emotional Learning

The beginning of the school year has been a busy and exciting time. All of the grades have just finished their First Unit (Rules, Procedures, & Social/Emotional Learning) in order to set a strong and positive foundation for learning music. We have been practicing “Taking A Break”, the 4 Steps of a Conflict Resolution, rapping our Music Class Rules, drawing pictures of us asking for permission, and reading books like “Baditude” and “That Rule Doesn’t Apply To Me”. While we will continue to revisit these very important ideas of community and kindness throughout the year, we can now finally dive into some wonderful music-making!


Thank you!

With another great year coming to a close I just wanted to thank everyone again for your endless support and time! There is a true community here at ICS, and the overwhelming interest and love put into the music program by the families is so wonderful.

Some families have asked about private music lessons this summer. Although I will be away for a few weeks, there are spot available for a few private lessons. If you are interested, feel free to email me at kgarcia@icsnyc.org for more info!

The Kindergarten performance of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree is up on YouTube, and I hope to have the 1st & 2nd grade video up shortly. I am SO PROUD of all of our students!!! Have a wonderful and musical summer, and see you in August!


One Week Away!

Only one more week until the big day! While we don’t require students to dress up, we encourage the following attire for the spring concert next Thursday. If you have any questions, please let me know! See you all there!Clothes - ICS Spring Concert 2017

ICS Spring Concert 2017!

Hello! It’s been a busy time here in music class. Our students are slowly becoming ukulele masters, we’ve had professional string musicians come in and share with the grades, and we have just started our piano unit!

Come see our Kindergarten students of ICS in the world premiere of the kids musical “The Giving Tree” (with original music by yours truly). Then join our 1st and 2nd grade students as we explore the western frontier in “To The West”. See below for details, and I hope to see you all there!

Mr. Kyle

P.S. We need volunteers! Please email me at kgarcia@icsnyc.org for details.

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
-Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

Ukuleles: Unit 1

The time is here! We have begun learning about the parts of the ukulele, how we number our fingers, and how to read chord charts. Feel free to ask your kids where the “bridge” or “neck” of the ukulele are, and whether they can wiggle their third finger!

January – The Ukuleles Are HERE!

Thanks to all of your generous support, we reached our goal on DonorsChoose.org and raised enough money to get an iPad for our music classroom! I can’t wait for the students to be able to record performances, listen to different types of singing and instruments, and manipulate quarter notes, eight notes, and quarter rests to create their own unique rhythms using programs like “Tempo Island Rhythm” from the awesome Freddie The Frog music book series. THANK YOU!

The Winter Concert videos are now up on the ICS YouTube Page. The Winter Concert would not have been such a success without the endless support from our families. These kids sound great, and I look forward to being able to mold and grow their singing abilities even more as we move forward.

Our ukuleles are HERE! Well actually they’ve been here since September in boxes underneath the risers but many of the kids don’t know that;) NOW THEY’RE HERE! We will begin learning about the body of the ukulele, string numbers, and fret numbers in a few short weeks.

If there are any adult seasoned (or completely unexperienced) guitar or ukulele players out there that might be interested in coming in and giving some of our classes an unplugged performance, interested in helping out during some classes as the kids find their way around this awesome instrument (the more adults in the room the better haha), or even if you’re interested in coming in once a week or month and helping me keep these ukes in tune, please email me (kgarcia@icsnyc.org)! 

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” – Ella Fitzgerald

-Mr. Kyle