In general music class, K-2 students explore the role music plays in our lives and communities. Please see below to learn more about classroom instruction (including repertoire and listening selections) and student learning goals.

Students act as performers, composers, and listeners.

Students, teachers, and families love to celebrate the “performance” aspect of musical learning. We look forward to students’ concerts and performances, and we spend a great deal of time preparing for public performances. However, in order to develop a deep understanding of musical concepts, students must also listen to and create music. Through listening, students develop the ability to interpret other artists’ work; through composition, students learn to express themselves through music.


Students develop the grade-level musical skills and knowledge indicated in the New York City Benchmarks for Teaching and Learning in Music.

Musical skills and knowledge (for example, singing mi-so-la melodies, distinguishing between soft and loud, or clapping quarter and eighth note rhythms) serve as building blocks for more complex musical understanding. In their ongoing efforts to create musical meaning, students use their emerging critical thinking skills, creativity in problem solving, and communication skills to select and apply specific musical skills and knowledge in order to create and interpret musical meaning.


Students learn through authentic musical repertoire that reflects the diversity of our school community.

Students and families are invited to contribute music to our classroom repertoire. These community musical samples, together with musical materials selected by the teacher, form the heart of our music program. In this way, students develop emerging musical skills, knowledge, and understandings through the exploration of musical traditions our students and families cherish.


Students act as thoughtful, creative musicians in whatever musical disciplines or genres they choose to explore.

We know that P.S. 361Q students experience a rich variety of music in their daily lives, including music students encounter at home, at school, and in their communities. We also know that students will go on to pursue a wide variety of musical interests, both within and outside of the school building. Our music curriculum recognizes and celebrates students’ individual musical interests.