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!
All the best,

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.
Percussion Ensemble

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!!!

ICS Winter Concert 2017 - Flyer


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

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.”


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!