Message from the Principal
Welcome and welcome back to the Special Music School. We are delighted that you have chosen our school in your quest to provide a truly unique educational experience for your child. I believe the Special Music School is a place where children have the potential to achieve greatness in many ways. Our small learning community has the ability to provide a holistic academic program for every child. We have the innate ability to work with each student individually- crafting academic goals in each content area that go well beyond the standards-based education many other schools provide. Our faculty is dedicated to academic richness which is integrated, inquiry-based, and implements a truly accelerated curriculum.
We at the Special Music School approach a child’s learning not only in terms of academic achievement but also the importance of self-esteem as fundamental in our pursuit to provide a truly exceptional education. We are conscious of a young child’s need for play, to have choices, and to balance the curriculum between child-initiated and teacher–directed activities. We later value the more mature child’s need for expression and independence. We consider the child’s social growth as important in a school that fosters performers and is committed to high academic achievement. Above all, we value each child as being unique and valuable to our community.
This school would not be possible without the work of our predecessors – who had the vision to create a music school which believes that music instruction should never be an add-on; rather direct music instruction along with an equally rigorous academic curriculum is a powerful combination in a child’s development and growth in becoming exceptional.
Again, thank you and welcome (back) to the school. I look forward to watching and supporting your children grow and develop into young musicians, future authors and inquisitive learners. I look forward to our continued partnership.
Katie Banucci Smith, Principal
Academic Faculty & Staff
Kindergarten: Rebecca Mintiens
1st Grade: Marisa Bolsen
2nd Grade: Abby Rapoport
3rd Grade: Alyssa Chapados
4h Grade: Pat Martinez
5th Grade: Kerri Hook
Middle School ELA: Gordon Van Owen
Middle School Humanities: Kristen Palmieri (*Middle School Coordinator)
Middle School Math: George Tsugranes
Middle School Science: Daniel Piloff
Physical Education: Lynn Jenkins
Visual Arts: Ilona Moaraf-Fins
Math Staff Developer: Stephanie Slabic
Curriculum Staff Developer: Francesca Ciotoli
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS & SERVICE PROVIDERS
ESL Library: Sarah Anderson
Physical Therapist: Dan Roth
Occupational Therapist: Elise Henry
SETTS: Sarah Stimson
Psychologist: Katrina Peterson
Social Worker: Corrine Schlam
School Aide: Diana Ruiz
Principal: Katherine Banucci-Smith
Business Manager: Leah Ross (part-time Mondays) and Alexandra Dunbar (part-time Tuesday-Friday)
School Safety Officer: Officer Myrna Goodwine
Academic Office Main Phone Number: (212) 501-3318