A Different Beat

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In addition to a well-rounded curriculum, Bellmore students participate in an outstanding music curriculum. Not only are Winthrop Avenue School students involved in orchestra and band, many third- and fourth-graders also attend recorder club, under the advisement of new music teacher Maria Pisciotta. 

Ms. Pisciotta explained that every third-grade student learns the recorder, but each has the choice to continue his or her studies of this instrument. Students begin the program at the “soprano” level with the goal of improving their skills and learning enough songs to become an “alto” level player. The effort to progress to the next level is called recorder karate, where students earn belts for each song learned.

“The goal of the club is not only to prepare for concerts,” Ms. Pisciotta noted. “It also serves as enrichment for students spending extra time learning a new instrument.”