Music – the most universal of languages –speaks to our souls in unique and precious ways. The Music Program at SOTA is dedicated to reflecting these qualities by offering a set of classes that place exploration and discovery above expectation and perfection. We strive to awaken and develop thoughtful musicianship; encouraging students to explore the larger world of music while discovering new ways to create and perceive sound.
Basic music making skills are introduced in a creative and supportive environment. Through singing, the playing of instruments, rhythmic games and improvisational exercises, every student is encouraged to discover their own, musical voice. A age appropriate curriculum serves to build self-confidence and further individual skills while nurturing an appreciation for and awareness of the larger group.
The inherent curiosity and individual interests of each child guide us through this class where exploration and discovery are placed above expectation and perfection. Basic principles and aspects of musicianship, including rhythm, melody, ensemble playing, and literacy are supported through singing, movement, and the use of various percussive instruments. Based on individual abilities and interests, the recorder and ukulele are also introduced. Active listening skills are developed during moments of still listening to music at the end of every class.
Lighter and smaller than a guitar, the ukulele is amazing, approachable, and the perfect instrument for anyone wishing to “strum along”. It comes in many different sizes and, with just a few simple fingerings, allows you to accompany almost any song. Exploring different techniques and fingerings while training basic music reading and listening skills in a group setting, builds confidence and supports individual practice at home. Moments for improvisation encourage both musicianship and creativity. Composition and songwriting is included for more advanced students.
Group Piano - All Levels
Our group piano classes are structured to accommodate both beginners and those who would like to refresh their skills. Electric keyboards with headphones allow each student to learn at their own pace, while both ensemble and individual playing are part of the class learning experience. Open for both beginners and intermediate players, exercises and music are tailored to each player’s individual ability and interests. After consultation with the teacher, participants are required to purchase a piano method book that will be used for the duration of the class. Any further sheet music will be paid for and provided by the School.
*Instruments are provided for at-home practice for a small rental fee of $25 per school year for the Music Makers and Group Ukelele classes.
Joyful Voices Youth Choir
As part of our Creative Connections programming, our children’s choir offers young singers from across the Capital Region the opportunity to create and celebrate community in an atmosphere where each child’s voice is treasured as an essential part of the whole. Vocal and listening skills are trained while singing songs from a variety of genres and cultures, both a cappella and with accompaniment. Singing with one another to create harmonic unity, every child with a passion and desire to sing is welcome!
Teen A Cappella Choir
Singing without accompaniment or further instrumentation is an exciting way to discover both your own voice and the creation of a whole. Various styles and cultures, including contemporary pop to musicals, gospels to hip hop, will be explored as we discover and celebrate the unlimited possibilities of our voices. Open to all teens with singing experience.
Community performances are arranged based on student interest and availability.
Broadway Song & Dance
Ages 9-13 (Junior)
Ages 13-18 (Teens)
Students will explore songs and dances from a variety of Broadway shows and hit movie musicals as they develop skills as singers, dancers, and performers. Embracing the collaborative nature of musical theatre, equal focus is placed on supporting both individual growth and ensemble work, making this class the perfect fit for students of all levels and abilities with an interest in music and dance. The relationship between music and movement will be explored, while a brief look into the historic and cultural significance provides a deeper understanding into the musical at hand.
Open to all levels and abilities.