Music is Parkside’s Connective Tissue

Parkside founder Joe Bruno has been writing songs for children and singing with children for more than 38 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 students and families also benefit from an exceptional guitar program. Our guitar teacher is Dr. Thomas Echols, a child prodigy in classical guitar who went on to study with some of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Tom is every bit as skilled in teaching guitar as he is in performing, and the happy result is a number of Parkside students who play beautifully and have developed a talent that will enrich their lives for many years to come.

“We love Parkside because our daughter loves it. Her pure joy in going to school and her love of learning is the best testament to the early education she's receiving. ”
Daniel Curtin