Early Childhood

The Early Childhood program at the New School of Music is designed to provide our youngest students with a fun and developmentally appropriate introduction to music lessons. We offer a variety of programs including our year long, two day extended program, The Nest, a cooperative music playgroup, and our Musical Beginnings sequence, a series of classes that prepare students for a lifetime of musical appreciation and learning. Class times do not conflict, so students may enroll in more than one program at a time!

Each of these classes focuses on the building blocks of music and child development, using movement, ear training, simple instruments, and creative play. Students can progress through the whole sequence with us, or join for just a few  semesters.  Every class will provide a solid foundation of musical skills, and will prepare children for whatever path they follow, be it group instrument lessons, our choral program, or private lessons. Our teachers create the curriculum by combining a number of pedagogical methods, including Musikgarten, Music Together, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, the Kodaly method, and more. Students will gain exposure not only to music, but the important developmental skills of improvisation, ensemble work, and increased independence. Early childhood classes run in 10 week semesters starting in September, January, and March/April.

Find out more about The Nest here.

Musical Beginnings I: for toddlers, ages 1-3, with parent or caregiver.

Thursdays 10-10:45am | July 6 – August 17, 2017*
Faculty: Lauren Cook | Tuition: $150 | Register now!
*No class July 20th

This beginning class provides a joyful introduction to music and will help strengthen the natural connection between music and movement, utilizing songs and rhymes, creative play, and simple instruments, while developing your toddler’s body awareness and control, listening skills, and exploration of space.

Musical Beginnings II: for ages 3-4, with parent or caregiver

Thursdays 11-11:45am | July 6 – August 17, 2017*
Faculty: Lauren Cook | Tuition: $150 | Register now!
*No class July 20th

This class will continue the concepts addressed in Musical Beginnings I, while adding more movement activities and rhythm games. We’ll begin learning basic Solfege patterns and note reading, along with improvisation and ensemble work. No prerequisite class required.

Musical Beginnings III: for ages 4-5, no parent or caregiver present during class

Saturdays 9:00-9:45am | April 1 – June 17, 2017
Faculty: Nurt Villani | Tuition: $250 | Register now!

The last class in our sequence, this section will allow students to more deeply explore musical concepts such as melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and notation. Students will use singing, improvising, body percussion, and performing to each other to gain musical skills that will aid them in any kind of future study, such as private lessons, instrument group classes, or a choral ensemble! No prerequisite class required.