While Success Academy schools are currently known for their high test scores, the network of charter schools does not only teach subjects like English, math and science, it also teaches music.
At Success Academy Union Square there is even a music teacher that thinks music is so important to a well-rounded education, he has established a music program at the school that is one of the best in the country.
A program that starts as young as kindergarten age, and goes all the way up until the children graduate the school.
The teacher, Joel Klein, has a Master’s degree in music education but started out at Success Academy as part of the Teacher Residency program. A program that employs new teachers and teaches them subjects like classroom management and effective teaching skills across all levels of student.
After Klein had been with Success Academy for three years in an associate teacher position, a music teacher position opened up at Success Academy Union Square and he applied for it.
The job was soon his, and he has been teaching music there ever since, while inspiring his students to love music and to learn all about it — whether it is hip hop or classical.
Music is not the only thing Klein teaches in his Success Academy classes, however. He also uses music to teach leadership skills and to build their self-confidence while, at the same time, learning listening skills and music appreciation.
Klein says he has noticed already how much music changes his students for the better.
As an example he talked about one shy student who did not want to be at the front of the class to lead a song. When she did, however, the subsequent class song performance was one of the best they had ever done, because she was so good, and she left class that day with a huge boost to her self-confidence.
Success Academy hires teachers like Joel Klein, people who are passionate about their subjects and teaching those subjects to children, because they know their students will benefit enormously.
They also have several training programs within Success Academy to make sure even seasoned teachers never become stale, and always have access to learning something new. Something new that will benefit their students and themselves.
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