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PS 22 Chorus

The widely-praised PS 22 Chorus of Graniteville, Staten Island, was the subject of a Dec. 26 New York Times write-up.

If you’re not familiar with the elementary school chorus and their versions of songs by Coldplay, Tori Amos, Nina Simone, and Bjork, join the thousands of others who have watched their online videos and made YouTube stars out of these fifth-graders and their director, Gregg Breinberg.

The PS 22 Chorus blog chronicles the group’s activities, which recently included performing for Congressman-elect Michael McMahon’s unofficial swearing-in ceremony on Staten Island, and bringing holiday cheer to residents of a nursing home.

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1 Comment:

  • 1 phyllis c. murray
    · Jan 2, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Breinberg and his magnificent P.S. 22 Chorus for a job well done. Music and Art and Literature formed an integral and a vital part of my education. I love to see students benefit from the Arts in Education.

    NYC Educators are unique because even with very limited resources they are still willing to provide opportunities for the students to explore unchartered courses. Our gifted and talented teachers willingly pick up the mantle to affect change. And certainly, once instruction begins, we are able to discover the hidden talents of our students; the latent talents which would otherwise remain dormant. Justin Rolon of P.S 22 is just one example of this phenomenon. Furthermore, many argue that early exposure to music enhances cognitive development. Music training and exposure increases the amount of brain that responds to musical sounds.(T. Mythily PhD.) And there is evidence that music enhances cognitive functioning (Jensen, 2000).

    Again, congratulations! “Let There Be Music!”