An Innovative way to learn piano offered in both Setauket and Calverton.
Our small group classes use Music Moves for Piano - an audiation approach which teaches children to listen to music with understanding, acquire a large music vocabulary, perform with physical ease, play by ear, compose, arrange, improvise, perform in ensemble and sing-chant-and move. Music literacy includes all these aspects and is the foundation to help children understand written music when they reach the stage of abstract thinking. If the emphasis is on reading and writing music notation many students do not have a chance to really become musically literate. Music Moves for Piano, developed by Marilyn Lowe, uses the Music Learning Theory as its foundation.
The Piano Kids Improvisation Camp Calverton or Setauket
Classes for ages 4 yrs & up
Camp is a 1 week program - Mon thru Fri 4:30 - 5:30 pm
July 31st - August 4th in Calverton
July 24th - July 28th in Setauket
Using the Audiation Approach, children will learn to understand the language of
music and have opportunities to create their own songs! The audiation approach teaches children to listen to music with understanding, acquire a large music vocabulary, perform with physical ease, play by ear, compose, arrange, improvise and perform in ensembles. They will be making up their own rhythm patterns, making decisions about placement on the keys, dynamics, tempo, etc as they create their own compositions.
We will also include some rhythm instruments.
A great way to introduce your child to piano playing OR an opportunity for creativity
for those who already play!
Fall - Spring classes
Classes for ages 4 yrs & up
Setauket - Monday 4:30 pm (4 - 5 yrs) / 5:20 (6 - 8 yrs)
Calverton - Thursday 4:30 pm (4 - 5 yrs) / 5:20 pm (6 - 8 yrs)
School Year - classes run during school year - 1 class a week (30 classes total) - Tuition is prorated for those who start during the school year.
Registration for Piano Kids is based on enrollment for the school year - Sept - June although students may join anytime during the year. Registration requires the payment of June's tuition upfront. This will show as the registration fee on your invoice. You will also be paying a materials fee - $50 if new and $30 if returning.
Two levels are offered for students:
KEYBOARD GAMES CLASSES: 4 - 5 yrs - Activities include singing, chanting, moving, responding to musical patterns, creating at the keyboard, and playing short pieces. Activities are developmentally appropriate for Preschoolers and Kindergartners and designed to help children learn to understand the structure of the music through tonal and rhythm patterns. Improvisation is an important component of the curriculum. Children will learn to organize the sounds of music using syllables, imitate musical patterns accurately, sing in tune, move with the beat and develop beginning piano technique and keyboard skills using rote instruction.
UPPER LEVEL COMBO CLASSES: 6 - 8 yrs - The audiation approach to learning piano continues as the students engage in more advanced work with tonal and rhythm patterns, understanding the structure of the music they are playing and having varied experiences of improvising and creating their own songs in addition to songs in the method book. Class time is split between Group time and Instruction time.