Frank Van Atta

Frank Van Atta is the Director of Middle and Upper School Music. The grant will create a state-of-the-art music studio, cover the cost of music applications, and serve all students in the fourth and fifth grades, the entire Middle School, as well as those students enrolled in the Upper School choral ensemble, Greenline.
The grant will cover the costs of GarageBand and Notion, which are among the most innovative and unique music applications available on the iPad. Both applications would be used to integrate technology into the music curriculum, as well as to provide authentic performance opportunities in the classroom. GarageBand allows students to create a unique composition using a wide variety of instruments across several genres. Notion takes this application on step further and allows students to bring their compositions to notated scores. Finally, a state-of-the-art sound system in the Katzin Music Studio will allow our facilities to remain at the forefront of technology.
Mr. Van Atta wrote, “The Faculty Innovation Grant will revolutionize how music is taught at Brimmer. In addition to creating a state-of-the-art music classroom, it will make technology an integral element of the curriculum and serve to enhance student comprehension in all learning styles. This approach to technology will be quite unique to Brimmer and will contribute greatly to our global focus as a School.”

Click here to see the results of his Innovation Grant.
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