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!


“I tell my friends endless stories about Parkside all the time. It was the best school I've ever attended. I don't think I'll ever meet two people as extraordinary as Joe and Claire -- they really changed my life. Thank you, Parkside, for all of your contributions, love and support! ”
Bella Castillo