ICS Spring Concert 2018

Thanks to a SUPERHERO family-member, our spring concert this year will be at the NYU Pfizer Auditorium on Thursday, June 7th, one block away from 55 Willoughby! Hope to see you all there to celebrate some of the incredible women that helped make our world what it is today.

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ICS Chorus – Spring Session

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Hi Families!

Thank you all for such a wonderful winter concert! The kids are still buzzing about it, and it could not have been possible without the support of such awesome families.
Linked below are the sign-ups for ICS Chorus from January-May of 2018 (15 classes). Instead of having one group of students on Wednesdays, you will now be able to choose to sign your child up for either Chorus-A (Mondays) or Chorus-B (Wednesdays) from 4-5PM. The only difference between the choruses are the rehearsal days. Both choruses will have 21 students, have the same lesson plans, be learning the same music, and for students in grades 1-3.
Please sign your child up for just one of the choruses (not both). 
On Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 we will have a combined ICS Chorus Concert (all 42 students singing together) in the movement room at 55 Willoughby.
Details are in the Sawyer link. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and have a wonderful winter break!
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All the best,
Kyle
kgarcia@icsnyc.org

ICS Percussion Ensemble!

So many families have been asking for more and more music opportunities, and I couldn’t be happier that our children’s love of music is growing! Starting on November 30th, ICS will be starting a Percussion Ensemble with rehearsals from 12:25PM-1:10PM on the following 7 Thursdays directly after school:
11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, & 2/1
Students will learn how to play the xylophone, tom tom, frame drum, and boomwhackers, as well as how to play together in an ensemble.
We will be recording our progress and post videos on the ICS YouTube channel!
Sign up using this link.
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ICS Winter Concert 2017

I am SO excited to announce that on Friday, December 8th, the children of ICS will take us on a journey through an Iroquois pourquoi about rabbits, tails, and snow, as well as the ancient Chinese story of how the order of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac came to be. Details are in the flyer below. If you plan on taking your child home after the concert, Ellen will send out a message soon on what to do ahead of time. As always, if you have any questions feel free to email me. See you all there!!!

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Reading, Chorus, and More!

Music Class is in full swing! For the past month our Kindergarteners have been mastering the four ways to use their voices (call, speak, sing, and whisper) and learning what a stead beat (a pulse that stays the same) is , First Graders have been reading ta’s (quarter notes), ti-ti’s (two eighth notes), and sh’s (quarter rests), Second Graders have been singing and transcribing “sol”, “mi”, “la”, and “do” pitches onto the five-line staff, and Third Graders have been transcribing and audiating “sol”, “mi”, “la”, and “do” pitches on the five-line staff. Many classes have also started to learn the parts of the ukulele.

Chorus on Wednesdays has been a success, and there is currently a waitlist for students to enter! Our singers have been practicing our performance bodies/faces as well as singing techniques like the “three-finger-rule”. Many families have asked about an additional music class. I’m working with Ellen to make that happen, and will hopefully have details coming your way by the end of next week!

In the meantime, listed below are some terrific youth choruses in the area. Many are audition-only, so if your child is interested I would be more than happy to briefly practice with your child once or twice before their audition!

National Children’s Chorus
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Young People’s Chorus of New York

All the best,
Mr. Kyle
kgarcia@icsnyc.org

P.S. Although I have been in contact with The Brooklyn Friends School (where we usually have our winter concert) since August, unfortunately they have been glacial with their response to planning. I will keep bugging them for a December concert date and let you all know asap.

“Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.”
-Aristotle

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 .

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