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Music is vital to every child’s education for its inherent aesthetic, historical and cultural value. If music is an inseparable part of our culture, then it should be an inseparable part of our school life.


The Music Essential years at TCS provides each student with a solid foundation of musical skills centered on a rotation through a number of musical experiences. Students will become aware of how the different musical elements interact to create musical ideas and thoughts.

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Kindergartners will develop their musical skills through a unique curriculum based on singing, movement and instrumental music. Students will learn proper use of singing voice, posture and voice range. They will establish a steady beat and develop rhythmic ability by playing a variety of percussion instruments in the classroom and participating in music and movement activities.

Instrumental music instruction in kindergarten is based on the violin. Early in the year, every family will have the opportunity to make a foam violin in our “Build-A-Violin” day. Students will learn the foundation of violin playing by practicing on their foam violins.  Kindergarteners will transition into violins and will be able to perform simple songs on their instrument by the end of the school year.

First Grade

First graders will continue to develop their musical skills through a well-rounded curriculum centered around singing, movement and instrumental music.


First grade musicians at TCS will perform songs Cajon drums, Orff instruments (Fall) and Nuvo recorders (Spring) while mastering key musical concepts.

Second Grade

Second graders will continue their musical development by learning instruments from the String and Wind families. In strings class, students will learn how to play the Ukulele, thus developing fine motor skills and basic techniques needed to play orchestral instruments in third grade. In winds class, students will learn how to play the J-Sax. They will learn fundamental concepts of band instruments such as breath control and finger coordination.


Third - Fifth Grades

Beginning in 3rd grade, students become a part of our Instrumental Music Program, playing either a string or band instrument. Each student will be receiving instrumental music lessons 2 days each week.  All the music fundamentals that have been instilled in your child will be put to use as they learn their new instruments in the coming years. In 4th and 5th grades, students receive music lessons 3 days each week.

Concepts are introduced at designated grade level. Students will review content at the beginning of each new grade level. Knowledge and skills will build upon previously studied material.


This unique program provides a continuum of instrumental music education designed specifically for dedicated young orchestral musicians. All middle grades students must apply for entry into our Middle Grades Instrumental Music program. Applicants must have prior instrumental music instruction.* Our El Sistema-inspired program emphasizes collaboration, teamwork, and mentorship as a central focus. With a high level of expectation for achievement, TCS students are challenged both musically and academically.


For more information regarding the application and audition process, please click here.


*Students must meet eligibility requirements.




Strings Director

Ms. Essilevi Nadal is an active teacher and performer in South Florida. She has served on the cello faculty of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra (2014-2016), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (2011), Lynn Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division (2010-2012) and the Schwob School of Music Preparatory Division (2006-2008). She has performed with many of the area’s leading ensembles including: Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra and the Dominican National Symphony Orchestra.




Strings Director

Kelsey Lin began her love of music at an early age, receiving her first violin at age six. She participated in many music festivals such as the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Brevard Summer Music Festival, Indiana University Summer String Academy, and Domaine Forget Summer Music Festival. During those festivals Ms. Lin studied violin with Austin Hartman, Helmut Lipsky, and Marie Berard. She participated in string ensembles receiving instructions from the Biava String Quartet and the Nash String Quartet. 

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Band Director

Kathleen L. Towler, a National Board Certified Teacher in Early/Middle Childhood/Music/

Band since 2003, earned her Bachelor of Music degree with endorsements in Music Theory and Music History from Michigan State University.  She has been teaching instrumental music for 35 years at the elementary and secondary level.  She taught in Michigan, South Dakota, New Jersey, and Illinois before coming to Florida. She was a W.T. Dwyer Award Nominee, in 2004  and was awarded the “I Make a Difference” Teacher of Excellence Award in 2005. 

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Gina Rand

Band Director

Gina Rand was born and raised in Wellington, Florida. She first became introduced to music in fifth grade when she began playing piano before joining her school band and picking up clarinet the following year. She attended the University of South Florida and graduated with her bachelor’s in Music Education in 2022. 


Marissa Wites

Band Director

Born and raised in Florida, I grew up around music with my family. I started playing piano at 8-years-old, and continued to fall in love with music. When Band was offered in middle school, I started on Tuba in 6th grade. In 7th grade I added on Bass Trombone so that I could participate in Jazz Band. As I continued my Music education in high school I continued to add instruments into my performance repertoire. I graduated from the University of Miami in 2011 with a Bachelors of Music Education, where I developed my teaching philosophy of teaching as a tool to enhance our global citizens of the future. 

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