Music History

Juan Carlos Ruiz   210-989-2211   Email

Kingsborough Music History

Music History

To Parents/Guardians of the first semester Music History class,

Welcome to another great year at Kingsborough Middle School where all students are given the unique choice of participating in the Fine Arts.

One of those classes in the Fine Arts department is Music History.

Did you or someone you love play music as a child? If so, you know first hand about how music enriches the lives of children. Here are just a few things we know about the positive impacts of music education:

  • Music encourages students to stay in school
  • Music helps children understand the multicultural world in which we live
  • Music builds self-esteem
  • Music contributes to higher test scores by providing core lessons in many subjects:

Music is a Science
Music requires research. It is specific and demands exact acoustics. For instance, a conductor’s full score is a chart or graph, indicating frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with exact control of time.

Music is Mathematical

It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions, which must be done instantaneously.

Music is a Foreign Language

The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language. Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French. The language of    music also incorporates notations, which represent a highly developed form of shorthand, using symbols to represent ideas.

Music is History

Music often reflects the environment and times of its creation. From music, children learn lessons about historical events, as well as the ethnic and cultural heritage reflected in the piece.

Music is Physical Education

It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, and facial muscles. Children who play music also show extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to sounds heard by the ear and interpreted by the mind

Music is Art

It develops insight and creates emotion. Through music, children learn to share their humanism, express thoughts and feelings, and contribute to the infinite and collective spirit we call “life.”

In order to help your child to succeed in Music History  they will need these few supplies. Please have your child brings these to class as soon as possible.


·      ONE-SUBJECT, MINIMUM 70 SHEETS, College Ruled Spiral Notebook: This notebook is for daily class use and will remain in the classroom until the end of the course. You, as your child’s parent/guardian are free to view your child’s notebook at any time.

·      PEN (BLACK or BLUE Only) or Sharpened PENCIL for daily class use.

Thank you for your prompt cooperation and allowing me to teach your child.

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