Essex Valley School’s music program has always been a popular staple among our elective courses. Each year, our counselors are bombarded with requests to participate in music as their chosen elective. Under the direction of Salvatore Bonafede, the music program has been transformed. Mr. Bonafede has broadened students’ understanding of music instruction, incorporating active music listening, music history and composition, as well as study of individual instruments. Key in the program’s growth has been the combination of traditional aspects of music instruction with our constantly expanding instruction in music technology and production, offering students an understanding of both worlds.
Recently, our music program held a showcase displaying our students’ musical talents, which ranged from a pair of piano soloists, a rock band ensemble, exhibition of original student compositions and productions, and a very talented songstress. Many of our musical artists demonstrated great skill on their instruments, even after playing them for only a short time in some cases. The students performed in front of a crowd of their peers and school staff in our auditorium, offering an overall outstanding performance.
Several different departments came together to help make the music showcase a resounding success. Thanks and appreciation go out to the Culinary Arts department for providing refreshments for the event, as well as the Digital Media program for producing both audio and video recordings of the performances. Special thanks are also extended to Mr. Bonafede for all of his hard work in preparing the students to perform for their school community. His hard work and vision came together and lead to a successful event. We can’t wait to see what will be next!