SMS Academic Program
Message from the Principal
Welcome and welcome back to the Special Music School. We are delighted that you have chosen our school in your quest to provide a truly unique educational experience for your child. I believe the Special Music School is a place where children have the potential to achieve greatness in many ways. Our small learning community has the ability to provide a holistic academic program for every child. We have the innate ability to work with each student individually- crafting academic goals in each content area that go well beyond the standards-based education many other schools provide. Our faculty is dedicated to academic richness which is integrated, inquiry-based, and implements a truly accelerated curriculum.
We at the Special Music School approach a child’s learning not only in terms of academic achievement but also the importance of self-esteem as fundamental in our pursuit to provide a truly exceptional education. We are conscious of a young child’s need for play, to have choices, and to balance the curriculum between child-initiated and teacher–directed activities. We later value the more mature child’s need for expression and independence. We consider the child’s social growth as important in a school that fosters performers and is committed to high academic achievement. Above all, we value each child as being unique and valuable to our community.
This school would not be possible without the work of our predecessors – who had the vision to create a music school which believes that music instruction should never be an add-on; rather direct music instruction along with an equally rigorous academic curriculum is a powerful combination in a child’s development and growth in becoming exceptional.
Again, thank you and welcome (back) to the school. I look forward to watching and supporting your children grow and develop into young musicians, future authors and inquisitive learners. I look forward to our continued partnership.
Katie Banucci Smith, Principal
Academic Faculty & Staff
Kindergarten: Stephanie Cherubin Stephanie@specialmusicschool.org
1st Grade: Marisa Bolson firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School History: Claire Shweky email@example.com
High School English: Noah Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Social Studies: Ari Friedman email@example.com
High School Science: Alison Farrell firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Science: Hemal Pathak email@example.com
High School Math: Elli Simonen firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Math: Jeff Reeder email@example.com
High School Learning Specialist: Lauren Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Learning Specialist: Suraj Gopal
Spanish, Middle School & High School:
Physical Education: Sam Fox email@example.com
Visual Arts: Ireena Gurvich firstname.lastname@example.org
SMS Guidance/High School Counseling: Laura Hohm email@example.com
ESL Library: Sarah Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal: Katherine Banucci-Smith email@example.com
Assistant Principal: Kristen Palmieri firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Coordinator: Lisa Stump email@example.com
Academic Business Manager: Alexandra Dunbar firstname.lastname@example.org
K-8 School Aid: Martin Nolan email@example.com
K-8 School Aid: Sarah Rosario firstname.lastname@example.org
School Safety Officer: Officer Hoques
Academic Office Main Phone Number: (212) 501-3318