Music is Parkside’s Connective Tissue

Parkside founder Joe Bruno has been writing songs for, and singing with, children for more than 40 years. He understands the power of music and believes it is the one beautiful language that connects people all over the world.

That’s why music is integrated into the Primary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary programs at Parkside. Every day in every classroom, children sing together with their teachers,

Sometimes called “the universal language”, music adds a sensory dimension to life like nothing else. Children have an innate capacity to appreciate music of all types, and an uninhibited inclination to move, dance, and make music.
–Maria Montessori

Attend one of Parkside’s weekly Simple Gifts gatherings, and you’ll see how music connects our entire school community. Children sing and dance. Parents sing along. Joe and Claire are joined by friends playing guitar, drums, and flute, and helping with lead vocals. It’s impossible not to smile during those 30 minutes, and everyone leaves feeling better than when they came!


“Parkside is more than just an amazing Montessori school, it is a community of parents, teachers, students and staff who care for, guide and support one another. It is an environment where everyone grows and we are so grateful to be a part of it. ”
Eric & Stacy Aronson