P.S. 63Q - Magnet School of the Arts

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Inside Broadway

Select 5th grade students are currently participating in after school drama workshops with the arts organization, Inside Broadway


We will also have an assembly program of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Broadway Musical," featuring professional Broadway actors and musicians from Inside Broadway.


Reader's Theater

Mr. Mandarano has been guiding many of our students through the art of public speaking and reading skills this year.



Music and the Brain

A project of the 42nd Street Fund, Music and the Brain is a program that teaches keyboard skills to K-1 students.  It is being taught by our new music teacher, Ms. Veit, in our new art room/keyboard lab on the 4th floor. 



We began a new violin program this year with the help of our resident teaching artist (and professional violinist) Joanna K. from The Academy, which is a joint effort of Carnegie Hall, The Julliard School and The Weill Music Institute.  30 students from the 2nd and 3rd grades are participating.


Music Outreach

This program, funded by Senator Maltese, brings professional musicians to PS63 to present music and literacy workshops for our 3rd grade classes.  In addition, all 3rd grade students attend a Music Outreach concert at Queens College in April.  Our Junior Chorus will perform at the concert this year, accompanied by a live symphony orchestra.


Music Memory

This year, Ms. Nelson is using the Music Memory program with classes from the 3rd and 5th grades.  After studying 16 musical selections, two teams will be selected to represent PS63 at the citywide competition in May, conducted by the Riverside Symphony in Manhattan.



All 4th grade students are participating in the LinkUP! program, which culminates in an interactive concert at Carnegie Hall.


Performance Ensembles

This year we have expanded our performance groups to include more students than ever.  We now have:

BAND (50 students, grades 3-5)

CHORUS (140 students, gr. 2-5)

GUITAR (15 students, grades 3-4)

PERCUSSION (12 students, gr. 2-3)

ROCK BAND (5 students, gr. 3-5)

VIOLIN (30 students, grades 2-3)




Dancing Classrooms

All 5th grade students will participate in ballroom dancing as a part of our ongoing partnership with American Ballroom Theater.  Sessions begin March 24th and will occur twice a week for each class until the culminating event on June 11, 2008. 


Parents of students in the program will also be invited to evening ballroom dance workshops on 8 consecutive Wednesdays beginning in April.


Dance Festival

Our annual dance festival for the primary grades will take place on Monday, June 2nd.  The rain date is Thursday, June 12th.


Ballet Tech

Every year, representatives from Ballet Tech audition our 3rd grade for the opportunity to attend weekly ballet classes at their school in Manhattan.  This year, 4 students were selected to participate.




Art Club

Ms. Maria P. has volunteered to conduct enriching visual art activities for select students.  These students will focus on special projects.


Seeing Double

This year we have two art teachers sharing a space in our new art & music room.  Ms. Maria P. and Ms. Reinstein are keeping our students up to their elbows in color and creativity!   


Ezra Jack Keats Contest

Several students have participated in this bookmaking contest which encourages students in grade 3 or higher to express themselves via visual arts and creative writing.


For further information about our programs, please contact Ms. Nelson at mnelson22@schools.nyc.gov or call (718) 845-7560.