Based on the recommendations of an outside consultant, the Sag Harbor School district will revamp their music program in the fall. Pierson principal Jeff Nichols unveiled the plans for future music classes to the school board on Wednesday, April 22. The high school and middle school will offer a general music class — starting in 8th grade — to accommodate students uninterested in band or choir. An orchestra program will be set-up — beginning in sixth grade. Students will have the opportunity to attend two music classes, selecting from band, choir or orchestra. They will alternate the days they attend each class. Currently the high school operates a music theory class, but this will be replaced with an Advanced Placement music theory class taught by the same teacher. The school plans to run a guitar club, tentatively scheduled to meet once a week after school. Nichols reported to the board the initial costs for the program will be spent on purchasing and leasing equipment.
The music consultant’s recommendations for the elementary school were focused on tweaking the current curriculum as opposed to offering additional programs.
“[The Music Consultant] made more methodology and instructional recommendations,” said elementary school principal Joan Frisicano.
The consultant advised the elementary school to emphasize note reading and ear training by using advanced teaching materials, such as CDs and sheet music. When the recommendations are implemented, Frisicano expects students to memorize the fundamental notes by third grade.Â