Music Education

The Storm King School is a member of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). The Music Arts curriculum features the fundamentals of music in theory and practice. Melody, harmony, rhythm, and form constitute the building blocks. We study ear training, transcription, composition, orchestration, analysis, melody writing, counterpoint, and more, through individual personalized sessions and group seminars. Students read music, compose their own songs, explore different instruments — all in an effort to better understand each student’s personal means of musical expression. Students’ work is performed on both formal and informal concerts and every effort is made to produce near professional recordings. Students have the opportunity to provide soundtracks and may work with dancers, poets, playwrights and more.


Our curriculum includes private lessons with musicians who are not only gifted teachers, but successful professionals with New York’s world-class symphonies and recording studios. Make beautiful music with us and start your own legend. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.


Music Curriculum

Music Faculty
Alva Nelson

Alva Nelson


A multi-faceted musician who performs and creates music that is diverse, sophisticated and exhilarating. Mr. Nelson’s arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Send One Your Love” on Robin Eubanks’ “Karma” (Polydor Records), and the single, “Another Chance to Give” by Genie Swinson are examples of Alva Nelson’s musical creativity. As a sideman, he has recorded with Lonnie Plaxico, Charley Gerard, Bubbha Thomas & the Lightmen. As a pianist, Nelson has performed with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Kirk Whalum, David “Fathead” Newman, Arnett Cobb, Tramaine Hawkins, Phyllis Hyman, Regina Belle, Eddie Harris, Martha Wash, The Chantells, and Chuck Jackson. 

Burr Johnson

Burr Johnson


Powerful technique and artistic diversity have won Burr world wide recognition. His music blends the styles of Jazz, Rock, Blues and Funk. Johnson tours internationally and has performed with legendary artists Ray Charles, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Spyro Gyra and Rick Derranger.  Burr helped to develop the Triple Play guitar synthesize.

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Gabriela Mikova-Johnson


GABRIELA MIKOVA, soprano,  is a graduate of the Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava, Czech Republic. She has performed Leonard Bernstein's Mass with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Milan Machek, concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Teplice under the direction of both Tomas Kountnik and Charles O.Munroe, and a concert tour through Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Austria with the Municipal Theatre of Brno.  She has also sung at Ostrava's Festival of Contemporary Music and at the Janackovy Hukvaldy Festival.