A Day In the Life
At MUSE Academy, every day is an adventure in learning in which rigorous core academic instruction is intertwined with music, performance, and visual arts.
Each morning, the Head of School warmly greets MUSE students as they enter the building and transition from family life to the new environment of structured learning, social development, and creative expression at MUSE Academy. The first class begins with 15 minutes of community building and character development, typically with interactive games, song, and dance.
A Day in the Life of Preschool
Morning Meeting provides the critical structure to begin each new day with an engaging and interactive routine boosting students confidence and excitement. Young learners develop social-emotional learning and independence, while building a stronger classroom community. Students begin a study of buildings by answering, “What do we know about a house?” Photographs of different kinds of buildings compare and contrast their functions, materials, and community function. Samples of straw, sticks and bricks accompany a rereading of “Three Little Pigs” to determine which materials can be combined to protect from the wolf's assaults. Dance and movement class helps reenact important — and fun — scenes from the story.
During choice time, students can create structures with blocks, draw different buildings in the art center, or explore selected picture books in the library. Teachers carefully observe, recording important details and offering questions to deepen understanding. Students build towers using interlocking cubes, observing geometrical designs, determining more or fewer, and finding creative color patterns.
Early afternoon brings time to rest and recharge with softly whispered lullabies. Students arise to embark on an alphabet scavenger hunt before vocal group lessons that focus on learning and acting out a song based on the morning’s read aloud. Attending a third-grade recital builds school community and inspires young minds to reach for their own potential. Closing Circle completes the day with choral singing and nursery rhymes.
A Day in the Life of KinderGarten
An invigorating Morning Meeting prompts Kindergartners to dive into Spanish instruction with playful “I Spy” games that build vocabulary, along with songs and dance that increase fluency and comprehension. In their third year of group percussion class, students have internalized the pentatonic scale and more sophisticated rhythms, and begin to explore music theory and history. Math class continues the rhythm with clapping to develop skip-counting fluency, followed by an investigation that builds number sense and early mathematical operations with manipulatives.
The local playground provides a laboratory to test designs that promote understanding of basic building principles — followed by time for free play. Afterwards, a neighborhood tour provides an opportunity to practice basic Spanish phrases learned earlier in the day at a local bakery. Back in class, students explore perspective while creating maps of the neighborhood in Visual Arts.
After lunch and recess, the teacher reads “When I Grow Up,” allowing for time for students to pose questions about themselves and their community. Afterwards, they hurry to group violin instruction, which melds appreciation with a Suzuki-inspired instructional model. A rereading of “The Leaving Morning” ends the day, where students grapple with the complexities of moving to new neighborhoods and communities during “Closing Circle.” After school, some students head to private lessons in their chosen instruments or vocal coaching.
A Day in the Life of 2nd Grade
Second graders study geometry by identifying and describing shapes in Paul Klee's paintings, and then segue to a visual arts class, where they create their own geometric-inspired works leading to a gallery walk with their peers. As they walk down the hall, the familiar rhythms of mallet instruments from the kindergarten class fill the air as they head to a brief recess that activates and energizes the mind.
Students learn history in a unit on "NYC Spanning Time," first by reading "The Little Book of New York" and then moving to a dance class in which dances of the Colonial era are reinterpreted with signature movements for key historical actors. Twenty minutes of daily reading boosts stamina and provides the opportunity for small group instruction. Second graders then hold a "publishing party" in which they share the fruits of a writing unit on adapted fairy tales with their peers in kindergarten, focusing on plot elaboration and character development.
Group violin class builds on the lessons earlier that week on keyboard instruction and music theory, and begins with listening and discussion of a fiddle piece from the Revolutionary era. The day is punctuated with a brief "Closing Circle" with the opportunity to reflect on personal and academic goals, before some of the students head to an after-school preparation for an upcoming math contest, while others go to modules on Hip-Hop dance and immersion Mandarin.
A Day in the Life of 5th Grade
Groups of students are busily researching the ancient South-American and Mesoamerican cultures in order to conduct a thorough analysis and comparison for presentation and debate. Their eventual published nonfiction — bound and added to the growing classroom library — supports a study of how myth, economic organization, and culture contribute to the growth and decline of civilizations. Twenty minutes of reading self-selected books helps reinforce their lives as avid readers.
By comparing agricultural and hunter-gatherer societies, students understand fractions and division by determining how to equally split baskets of food and game among various members of the group. With help from the Director of Dance, students then break into groups to compose an original performance of dance and percussion that tells the story of the encounter between the Incan empire and the Conquistadors.
Students move to elective group music ensembles in preparation for an upcoming school performance that includes a rock band, chamber orchestra, and choir on the theme of "Voices of the Americas." Closing Circle provides time to reflect and discuss the civilizations they’ve been studying. Chess and an engineering design club await some students after-school, while others continue their individual instrument lessons.