Community Partners for our Music Program
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE CLASSES
Students in grades 4-8 have the opportunity to participate in the instrumental music program. Students meet twice a week for a small group lesson and larger ensemble class. Instrumental students are placed in the appropriate age/skill level for each instrument. Students are able to select a string or band instrument at the beginning of the school year and perform in the annual Winter and Spring Concerts. Noah Webster School has the following performing groups available:
- String Orchestra – beginning, intermediate and advanced
- Concert Band – beginning, intermediate and advanced
- Percussion Ensemble
- Percussion Drumline
- Webster Jazzicians – advanced jazz ensemble
Advanced string and band students also have the opportunity to perform outside of the school as musical ambassadors. Past performances have featured Noah Webster students at:
- Connecticut Convention Center
- Bushnell Memorial Hall
- Elizabeth Park - Pond House
- Wadsworth Atheneum
- Hill-Stead Museum
Chamber music ensembles are offered to students who show a high level of interest in their instrument. These groups perform as trios, quartets and other configurations. Groups rehearse once a week and perform for a variety of events during the school year.
Vocal music is the core of the general music classes which are a part of the PK-8 music curriculum. All students meet once a week for their general music class and perform at least 3-4 times a year for various school assemblies and concerts. In addition to vocal skills, students are introduced to music notation, music appreciation, movement and instruments. All classes are taught sequentially and introduce students to a variety of composers, song styles and interpretations. Connections are made to classroom academic areas of math, science, social studies and language arts.
Noah Webster School is a Hartford Performs school. Hartford Performs is a collaborative network of schools, arts providers, community organizations, funders and other supporters working together in a planned and integrated way to inspire student success through the arts. Through Hartford Performs students are offered the opportunity to experience music, art, dance and theater performances as presented by professional community organizations. The systemic approach of Hartford Performs works to ensure that every Hartford Public School student experiences the transformative power of learning in and through the arts.
The Noah Webster School’s jazz program is called the Webster Jazzicians and is funded through the Bushnell Education Department, which provides three professional jazz musicians who work with advanced band students on a weekly basis. Students perform two annual school concerts in addition to outside community performances. The students often perform outside of the school as musical ambassadors for the school music department.
NOAH WEBSTER SCHOOL AND THE HARTT SCHOOL OF MUSIC COMMUNITY DIVISION
CONNECTICUT MUSIC EDUCATOR’S ASSOCIATION – NORTHERN REGION MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Noah Webster School has been selected to participate in the TIP program (Talent Identification Program) that is part of the Hartt School of Music Community Division. Selected advanced students receive scholarships to study privately and perform in the string and band ensemble programs at the Hartt School. Students perform in two concerts during the school year.
In addition to the opportunities at the Hartt School of Music, advanced students who study privately can audition for the CMEA Northern Region Middle School Music Festival, which features students from northern Connecticut middle schools in orchestra, band, choral and jazz ensembles.
MICRO VENTURES IN THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Music students in the 4th grade violin and percussion ensemble class participate in the music department ventures. During the school MICRO time, the 4th grade violin students become violin teachers, sharing with others their skills and knowledge of the instrument. The 4th grade MICRO percussion class performs regularly for their customers and also incorporates African drumming and drum line techniques into their class work.
HARTFORD SYMPHONY LINK-UP PROGRAM AND DISCOVERY CONCERTS
Third and fourth grade students participate in the Hartford Symphony Link-Up program which introduces students to the Hartford Symphony through a curriculum provided by Carnegie Hall. Students learn recorder techniques and selected vocal songs and perform in concert with the symphony in a unique program tailored to this age group. In addition, 4th and 5th grade students attend a Hartford Symphony Discovery Concert at the Bushnell which continues the introduction of instrumental music to students in the music program.
MUSICAL EXPLORERS – FIRST GRADE STUDENTS
Through a grant from the Bushnell Education Department, our first grade classes participate in the Musical Explorers program which introduces students to the music from our community – musical theater, mariachi and jazz. Students have school visits from professional musicians from each of these musical genres and then travel to the Bushnell for a final concert performance in the venue.