We at I.S.126 believe that the arts play a crucial role in educating students for the world of tomorrow. From an understanding of one's cultural history, to the freedom to create, discover and work in collaboration toward a common goal. The arts provide a unique opportunity for our students to develop beyond the conventional measures of reading, writing, and arithmetic. For us, arts education is a meaning making process that builds life-long learners who are critical, introspective thinkers.
We offer a robust arts program including visual arts, chorus, core music, drama, musical theater, and dance. Each year we have three performances: a winter concert, a collaborative spring musical, and graduation along with a talent show and multicultural festival.
Our core music program boasts an innovative technology-driven curriculum that incorporates elements of studio composition and production, guitar ensemble, history and theory. Students learn the basic elements of the musical world and are encouraged to engage with it on their own terms. The goals of this program are to offer students the opportunity to use the powerful tools at their disposal to continue engaging with music in a meaningful way on their own for as long as they may choose.
Drama & Musical Theater
The drama department works with the mission in mind of engaging students in the works of the classics as well as contemporary works to help improve student communication skills, comfort with public speaking and experience in collaborative learning environments. Students use plays as an access point to the study of historical periods such as the dust bowl and depression as well as engaging with the works of Shakespeare through Lincoln Center Theater’s Middle School Program.
The choral program allows students to explore the music of the world with their voices. They participate in community building activities and learn how to sing in harmony as a unified group. The curriculum is taught through activities, games and vocal technique while focusing on a diverse variety of repertoire from classical to pop music. The hands on activities allow the students to acquire teamwork and creativity but most importantly find their own voice.
The visual arts program seeks to develop basic skills that lay the groundwork for advanced visual arts work at the high school level. Focusing on learning to illustrate, demands development of specific techniques that are foundational to all professional artists. As the year progresses students work on more advanced media such as set design, painting and animation.
Ailey's Arts In Education & Community Program has been a part of the I.S. 126 community for several years now. AileyDance Kids offers dance training in a comprehensive format that inspires self-respect and confidence while also fostering an appreciation for the joy of dance.