An Innovative way to learn piano offered in both Setauket and Calverton.
Our partner 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.
Fall - Spring classes
Classes for ages 5 yrs & up
Setauket - Monday afternoons
Calverton - Thursday afternoons
*Class consists of 1/2 hour partner lesson Plus 15 min group activity time*
Group activity time will be shared by the students from lessons before and after that time.
Every effort will be made to pair students with others of similar ability, however it is possible to have students of differing abilities in the same lesson.
Class Times are offered in increments starting at 4:30 - See Registration Form for time details and visit the Store Page to complete registration by paying the deposit.
School Year - classes run during school year - 1 class per week from October till the end of May - Tuition is prorated for those who start during the school year. Enrollment is ongoing based on availability.
**NOTE - Due to holidays Setauket has 28 classes / Calverton has 30 classes.
Tuition for Piano Kids is based on enrollment for the school year although students may join anytime during the year. Registration requires the payment of May's tuition upfront. You will also be paying a materials fee - $50 if new and $30 if returning.
Beginning activities include singing, chanting, moving, responding to musical patterns, creating at the keyboard, and playing short pieces. Activities are developmentally appropriate 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.
Continuing in the audiation approach 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.
Offered during the Summer
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!