4th & 5th Grade Instrumental

The Fourth Grade string program is directed by

Mr. Josh Sette

The Fourth and Fifth Grade instrumental (band) program is directed by

Mr. Christopher Bucko

The Music Specialists at Hart Magnet School want the students to learn the basics of music so they will have the desire to participate in a variety of music activities throughout their lives.  By incorporating academic subject material as a supplement in music class, the students are learning that music does have an influence in, and is related to their everyday lives.

The following is a list of the content standards for music education as listed in the Stamford Music Curriculum.  The Stamford Music Curriculum is based upon the National Standards for Music Education.

Standard #1:  Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

Standard #2:  Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

Standard #3:  Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments

Standard #4:  Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines

Standard #5:  Reading and notating music

Standard #6:  Listening to, analyzing, and describing music

Standard #7:  Evaluating music and musical performances

Standard #8:  Understanding relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts

Standard #9:  Understanding music in relation to history and culture



Jazz Ensemble Wins!!!

On June 1st, 2013, Hart Magnet Elementary School’s Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Graham Leftwich, competed in a state competition at Lake Compounce. The competition included bands from all over CT and several from NY. The group won several awards including:

  • 1st Place-Best Jazz Ensemble in State Competition - with a SUPERIOR rating
  • 1st Place-Best Jazz Soloist-Max Schoepfer - Alto Saxophone



Jonathan Jay
General/Vocal - M-F room #040


Joshua Sette

Strings - M - Auditorium

Kelly Straza
General/Vocal - T&W - Auditorium

Christopher Bucko
Instrumental - TH & F - Auditorium


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4th & 5th Grade Chorus

The Hart Magnet School Fourth and Fifth Grade Choruses are open to all students in the Fourth and Fifth Grade classes.  Participation will help the members become better singers, give them the opportunity to perform with a larger group several times a school year, and will provide a fun learning experience.

The Fourth and Fifth Grade Choruses are co-directed by Mr. Jay and Ms. Strazza, and meet at the following times:

Fourth Grade - Tuesday - 9:15 - 9:50

Fifth Grade - Wednesday - 2:30 - 3:10