“Music and Academics Work Hand in Hand at Upper West Side School”: DNA Info: Emily Frost, October 3, 2016
Principal Katie Banucci-Smith has her dream job. A child musician who attended a music conservatory for college and went on to sing opera before falling into teaching, Banucci-Smith heads the Special Music School. The K-12 public school at 129 W. 67th St. perfectly marries her two passions and does that for students as well, she said.
DNA: What are you looking for in selecting the 15 students for your kindergarten class?
We’re not looking to pick someone, we’re looking to find a match. We’re looking to find people that really want to do this and kids that seem to have an aptitude for doing it.
We try to build diverse classrooms. Some have parents that are in the field, some don’t have parents that are in the field, this is their first music test ever. We look at it from like a thousand different diversity lenses. We try to pick half girls, half boys. We try to pick socioeconomic diversity.
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THE FIRST IN THE SERIES: Please Save The Date
A special evening of chamber music with the legendary
Juilliard String Quartet benefiting Special Music School
Wednesday, November 16, 2012
Musical Evenings: Held in beautiful homes around the city, Musical Evenings are cocktail receptions followed by intimate performances by world-renowned artists. Performers in past seasons have included flutist James Galway, pianist Lang Lang, violinist Gil Shaham, the Brentano String Quartet, clarinetist David Krakauer, and cellist Matt Haimovitz. All proceeds benefit the music program of Special Music School, the only K-8 public school for musically gifted children in the United States.
Special Music School At 20!
Yes, The Special Music School is in its 20th year … and celebrating its first
Graduating 12th Grade Class. A marvelous journey just keeps getting stronger and better.
Congratulations to all the Kaufman Music Center staff, especially Lydia Kontos,
and the SMS Teachers and Administration.
SMS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS OF 2017
“MUSIC SCHOOL CRANKS OUT GENIUSES”
Kids at this music school rock state English and math exams.
By Selim Algar | August 25, 2016
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