Music

Hello and welcome to music class!

My name is Steve Kurilla; this year will be my fifth year teaching at Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School. I am a graduate of Marywood University where I studied music education and classical percussion. Along with teaching in the classroom, I have taught private music lessons for 10 years in my home studio, I have worked with the Yamaha Sounds of Summer percussion workshop, the Keystone College Jazz Institute and recently helped lead an area high school marching band to the Atlantic Coast Championships completing the season with a top 10 finish.  Throughout the years, several of my private students have gone on to study at prestigious music schools such as Berklee college of Music and Temple University.

In conjunction with my teaching career, I am also a working musician; in recent years I have performed with the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, The Irish Tenors and Allentown Philharmonic. In the jazz and rock world, I’ve played in groups that have opened for musical legends such as Steely Dan, War, The Moody Blues, Rebe Jackson, and the Temptations. I also am an avid mountain biker and nature enthusiast so several of my weekend hours are usually spent exploring local state parks and nature preserves that are located in and around our area.

I’m honored to be a part of the HGMICS faculty and am looking forward to an exciting, educational and fun school year. If you ever have any questions or concerns about anything relating to my class, please feel free to contact me @ steve.kurilla@myhgsd.com

Intermediate:

Welcome to the intermediate music class! This year, third grade and fourth grade will be learning how to play the tone chimes! While learning any instrument is serious business, I assure you that we’re going to have a lot of fun throughout the year.

In order to make progress from week to week, you’ll be required to practice your lessons for a couple minutes each day. This way, you’ll get better and better and be ready for new and exciting music every time we meet. Along with our new instruments, we’ll also be learning how to read music notation and learning many terms associated with written music. Throughout the year, we’ll be playing folk songs, classical music selections, and modern songs, along with writing our own compositions in several different styles.

I’m excited to see how far we progress this year, I hope you are too!

Upper:

Welcome to Upper music. We will be starting the year exploring rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic concepts playing an instrument called “tone chimes”. Students will perform several pieces of modern and classical music while focusing on reading rhythms and pitches on the grand staff.

In the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, fifth grade will be beginning ukulele and sixth grade will be continuing to more advanced concepts on ukulele and beginning guitar.

Our music classroom is designed to allow each student to practice on his or her own instrument individually or in small groups. Students will be assigned lessons according to their ability level and should complete each lesson with a satisfactory grade in order to move to the next lesson.

This year, my goal is to help each student appreciate the music the ukulele as a listener, and as a performer. We will be listening to an array of different styles of music ranging from classical to avant-garde to rag-time and early jazz. Please come prepared to each class with a music notebook, pencil and most importantly, an open mind ready to learn!

Senior:

Welcome to senior music. We will be starting the year exploring rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic concepts playing an instrument called “tone chimes”. Students will perform several pieces of modern and classical music while focusing on reading rhythms and pitches on the grand staff.

In the second and third trimesters, seventh graders will be spending a large portion of our class time exploring the guitar. After last year’s introduction to guitar concepts, this year we’re ready to dive into correct technique, music reading, performance and take our understanding of musical concepts relating to the guitar to the next level.

During the second and third trimesters, eighth graders will be diving into the fascinating world of percussion.  Well explore many different aspects of percussion instruments including: good technique, drum types, rhythm reading, drum tuning, drum set, pitched percussion instruments, solo and ensemble playing.

Our music classroom will allow each student to practice on his or her own instrument as a class ensemble and/or in small groups of 2 or 3. Peer teaching will be stressed in group work and a weekly student leader will be required to demonstrate techniques and concepts to fellow students. Students will be assigned lessons according to their ability level and should complete each lesson with a satisfactory grade in order to move to the next lesson.

This year, my goal is to help each student appreciate the music as a listener, composer, and as a performer. We will be listening to an array of different styles of music ranging from pre-classical to modern. Please come prepared to each class with a music notebook, pencil and most importantly, an open mind ready to learn!


 

In addition to Music Class, I also teach the HGS African Drum Club and Ukulele Club. You can find out more about the Ukulele Club by clicking the button up above. For a preview of the African Drum Club, check out this video!