Music

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.

The strength of the Storm King School music department lies in the highly individualized attention that each student receives, while being able to participate in small school ensembles, as well as the highest level large ensembles – both county and state wide. This combination of high level individualized guidance and large honors ensemble experience is the most optimal balance of offerings for any music student.

Meet the Faculty

Paul Connors

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Burr Johnson

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Gabriela Mikova-Johnson

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Classes Offered

Private music lessons for most instruments are offered weekly. Sessions are taught by some of New York City’s most accomplished professional musicians.

Students learn to navigate multiple DAW platforms such as Music First, Finale, and ProTools. Students learn to compose, arrange and edit music in specific course offerings in music technology. In addition, various music software applications are implemented in private lessons, music theory classes and live performances.

Departmental Overview