Dance Partnership Program
92nd Street Y has been a historic home of modern dance, nurturing the talents of such dance pioneers as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham and Pearl Primus. The Dance Partnership Program brings this legacy of dance teaching, creation and performance to the city’s public schools.
The WonderDance Early Childhood Dance Curriculum encourages learning through play and provides a stimulating, multisensory and nurturing community for diverse young learners to explore and discover their innate movement capacity. Through participation in child-centered activities, children develop increased aesthetic awareness, kinesthetic understanding, self-confidence and the joyful expression of a child’s dancing heart. WonderDance is a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach to early childhood learning that places dance at the center of the child’s growing world.
Pre-K: 21 sessions; original curriculum materials; monthly teacher planning sessions; TA-led workshops for classroom teachers; student performances; attendance at professional dance performances at 92nd Street Y.
The Creative Dance program allows students in 1st through 12th grade to engage in creative expression through dance, while learning to communicate ideas, images, and emotions through the joyful and empowering language of movement. The dance curriculum is designed to enhance the young person’s thinking skills and social understanding, connecting to Common Core Standards and current academic curriculum. Student dancers practice and perform structured and improvised dances, make their own artistic choices, and through discussion, reading, writing, and drawing gain a broader multicultural understanding.
Grades 1-12: 21 sessions; original curriculum materials; monthly teacher planning sessions; TA-led workshops for classroom teachers; student performances; attendance at professional dance performances at 92nd Street Y.
Music Partnership Program
Built on the standards of excellence set by the School of Music at 92Y, the Music Partnership Program extends the methodology, pedagogy and expertise of our century-old establishment into New York City’s underserved school communities.
Through the instrumental music program, students receive group and private instruction in the fundamental elements of performance on an instrument, from proper technique and tone production to new vocabulary, music literacy and performing for an audience. In this setting, young musicians are able to learn from a professional teaching artist as well as each other, growing as individual musicians while participating in an enriching ensemble experience. The instrumental program also has success in helping students gain acceptance to specialized high schools such as Talent Unlimited High School and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
Grades 6-12: 64 sessions; original curriculum materials; teacher planning sessions; student performances.
92Y’s Choral Program opens young minds and hearts to the joy and empowerment of choral singing, and exposes students to an artistic discipline that builds literacy, communication, and teamwork skills. The curriculum includes musical concepts integral to choral singing, such as proper breathing technique, harmony, rhythm, diction and tone production, and is also designed to cultivate students’ listening and problem solving skills. Teaching artists select developmentally appropriate pieces that allow young singers to experience music with an understanding of the relationship that choral singing and songs have to history, culture, and language.
Grades K-12: 21 sessions; original curriculum materials; monthly planning sessions; TA-led workshops for classroom teachers; student performances; attendance at choral concert at 92nd Street Y.
East Harlem Inter-School Chorus
Over 300 92Y chorus students in grades 4 and 5 from four thriving East Harlem elementary schools come together for a unique choral experience celebrating inter-school and student collaboration. The Inter-School Chorus creates an unprecedented opportunity for the young voices of East Harlem’s culturally and artistically rich communities to sing, share, imagine and perform in harmony, reflecting their New York City heritage and their future as young American leaders.
Grades 4 and 5: 21 sessions; original curriculum materials; monthly planning sessions; TA-led workshops for classroom teachers; student performances; attendance at choral concert at 92nd Street Y.
Musical theater provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a vital art form that has its roots in New York City. From rehearsing dialogue, songs, and choreography to learning about musical theater conventions, terminology, costuming, and staging practices, budding actors have an active role in the creation of their own production adapted from classic American musicals.
Grades 4-12: 21 sessions; original curriculum materials, monthly planning session; TA-led workshops for classroom teachers; student performances; attendance at outside theater performances.
Theater Partnership Program
With the incredible history of theater in New York City as their backdrop, students learn and experiment within this art form with experienced professionals.
TheaterMakers Workshop engages 3rd through 5th graders in improvisation, playwriting, rehearsal, and performance. Through group discussion and brainstorming facilitated by a professional theater teaching artist, students create and rehearse original plays with a focus on ensemble building and the technical work of transforming ideas into a story. Young actors develop a variety of skills from language and literacy to physical expression as active creators of their own original work of theater.
Grades 3-4: 48 sessions; original curriculum materials; monthly planning sessions; TA-led workshops for classroom teachers; attendance at in-school and outside theater performances; student performances.
Visual Art and Design Partnership Program
The Visual Art Partnership Program brings to public schools the same quality of professional and varied fine arts education that is present in 92Y’s own Art Center.
When students participate in the School Beautification Project, they have the empowering opportunity to see their artwork become part of a larger permanent installation in their school community. Throughout the year, students create individual pieces around a theme chosen by the school in collaboration with a Teaching Artist. Young artists learn basic artistic concepts and principals, the social and historical significance of their collective artwork, and reinforce collaborative skills as they work together to create a large work of art that beautifies their school environment.
Grades K-12: 16 sessions; original curriculum materials; monthly teacher planning sessions; TA-led workshops for classroom teachers; sharing and showcasing of student work.
Through the ceramics program, students are immersed in the art of making ceramics, from learning the basic techniques of creating sound ceramic objects and applying glaze, to the scientific, social, and historical aspects of an art form that is thousands of years old. A professional teaching artist guides the young artists as they learn to express their artistic visions through clay, and frequently draws from topics in the students’ academic curriculum as subjects for their work. By the end of the school year students have a thorough understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of ceramics, as well as several of their own original pieces.
Grades K-5: 20 sessions; original curriculum materials; monthly teacher planning sessions; TA-led workshops for classroom teachers; sharing and showcasing of student work. School must have access to a kiln.
92Y’s newest program, 3D Digital Design uniquely combines STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pedagogy with a creative curriculum to teach middle‐ and high‐school students the important intersections that exist between the arts and sciences. Over the course of the school year, students learn SketchUp Pro (3D modeling software for professionals) in order to complete engineering exercises, architectural sketches, and create a major independent project that will be printed on a 3D printer and displayed for their community.
“The 92Y Digital Design program at TAPCo is the first cornerstone of STEAM at our school which stands for learning grounded in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, & Math—the very kind of learning our students require to succeed when they graduate and enter today’s institution of higher learning and most importantly—a more challenging and competitive economy than ever before.” –Principal Ron Link
Grades 6-12: 24 sessions; original curriculum materials; monthly teacher planning sessions; TA-led workshops for classroom teachers; sharing and showcasing of student work.