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 through our Musical Beginnings program.

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.

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

Saturdays 10:00-10:45am | January 7 – March 17, 2018
Faculty: Nurt Villani | Tuition: $260 | Register now!

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

Saturdays 9:00-9:45am | January 7 – March 17, 2018
Faculty: Nurt Villani | Tuition: $260 | Register now!

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 11:00-11:45am | January 7 – March 17, 2018
Faculty: Nurt Villani | Tuition: $260 | 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.

Musical Beginnings – Mixed Ages: ages 18 months-4 years, with parent or caregiver

Wednesdays 10:45-11:30am | January 3 – March 14, 2018
Faculty: Nurt Villani | Tuition: $260 | Register now!

Fridays 10:45-11:30am | January 5 – March 16, 2018
Faculty: Nurt Villani | Tuition: $260 | Register now!

This class provides a joyful introduction to music and will help strengthen the natural connection between music and movement. Using songs and rhymes, creative play, and simple instruments, the activities will aim to develop a good musical basis in children such as body awareness and control, listening skills, exploration of space, and team work.

Viva La Musica! (Musical Beginnings in Spanish) – Miercoles: ages 18 months-4 years, with parent or caregiver

Wednesdays 10:00-10:45am | January 3 – March 14, 2018
Faculty: Nurt Villani | Tuition: $260 | Register now!

Fridays 10:00-10:45am | January 5 – March 16, 2018
Faculty: Nurt Villani | Tuition: $260 | Register now!

Iniciación musical en español para niños de 18 meses a 4 años
Una manera enriquecedora de aprender el ritmo y la música de este lindo idioma. Excelente medio de inmersión a la lengua española.

Todas las actividades musicales, canciones, movimiento, entrenamiento auditivo, instrumental, improvisación, trabajo en equipo, etc tienen como objetivo desarrollar unas buenas bases musicales en los niños.

La clase esta abierta a personas hispano y no hispano-parlantes.
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Musical beginnings in Spanish for kids 18 months to 4 years old.

An enriching way to learn the rhythm and music of this beautiful language.

Excellent way of immersion into the Spanish language.

All musical activities, songs, movement activities, auditory training, improvisation, play, teamwork will aim to develop a strong musical foundation in young children.

The class is open to both Spanish and non-Spanish speakers.