The Foundation

Our core, school-year program starts children down a path toward remarkable musicianship and maturity.  The Foundation begins in small group classes, with children ages 4 through 7—a vital developmental stage:  they enjoy being part of a group, want to experience anything new, are forming their basic attitudes about music, and are experiencing as much as 80% of their ear development.

For a taste of our instructional method, a tour of our school, and a chance to have all your questions about The Music Studio answered by our founder and director, we invite you to attend an Open House in the spring and late summer. Beginning in January of each year, children ages 4 through 7 can also take a four-week class called Let’s Begin, a course that is complete in itself, but that enables both students and their parents to experience, in a short-term session, the varied musical activities, shared musical experiences, and challenging fun that are central to the school-year Foundation Program classes. For even younger children, see the options on our Music for the Young page.

LET’S BEGIN: FOR 3–7-Year-Olds

An introduction to The Music Studio’s Foundation Program. Students are grouped by age and meet for four sessions; parents attend with students and participate in many classroom activities. Tuition: $98.

Let's Begin Schedule for 3-year-olds

ALL SUMMER CLASSES MEET TWICE WEEKLY

 

June 26–July 6: Tuesday/Friday 10:00 a.m.

July 9–July 18: Monday/Wednesday 9:00 a.m.

July 10–July 19: Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 p.m.

July 30–August 8: Monday/Wednesday 11:00 a.m.

July 31–August 9: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00 p.m.

August 14–August 23: Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 a.m.

Let's Begin Schedule for 4–5 1/2-year-olds

ALL SUMMER CLASSES MEET TWICE WEEKLY

 

June 26–July 6: Tuesday/Friday 9:00 a.m.

July 9–July 18: Monday/Wednesday 11:00 a.m.

July 10–July 19: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00 p.m.

July 30–August 8: Monday/Wednesday 10:00 a.m.

July 31–August 9: Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 p.m.

August 14–August 23: Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 a.m.

Let's Begin Schedule for 5 1/2–7-year-olds

ALL SUMMER CLASSES MEET TWICE WEEKLY

July 9–July 18: Monday/Wednesday 10:00 a.m.

July 10–July 19: Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 p.m.

July 30–August 8: Monday/Wednesday 9:00 a.m.

July 31–August 9: Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 p.m.

August 13–August 22: Monday/Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

Back to The Foundation. The program has two distinct parts:

Our Music Fundamentals course, the first step in our students’ musical journey, emphasizes creativity, musical explorations, and the joy of making music. We vary activities–singing, ear training, rhythm, movement, and note reading–and use many instruments: keyboard, recorder, guitar, and Orff instruments, among others.  We limit classes to eight students, include parents in every class, and weave education seamlessly with play. Music Fundamentals is generally a two-year program for children ages 4 to 6 and a one-year program for those older than 6.

After they have finished Music Fundamentals, students progress to the two-year Creative Keyboard course, which includes all facets of musicianship: repertoire study, ear training, improvisation, transposition, sight reading, technical development, composition, ensemble playing, theory, and music history. We emphasize the keyboard, but guitars, recorders, Orff instruments, and the voice are also used. In Creative Keyboard, children are expected to practice daily. Parents take part in one class each month (and are welcome at all).

Upon completing Creative Keyboard, students are eligible to enter The Piano Program. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept students into The Piano Program who have not completed The Foundation Program.)

Print and fill out a Music Fundamentals Enrollment Application to join us this fall.

Weekly hour-long classes; Monday through Saturday options available. 

2018 Class Times for Entering 4-Year-Olds

Monday 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday 4:00 p.m.

Thursday 4:30 p.m.

Saturday 9:15 a.m.

Saturday 11:00 a.m.

 

2018 Class Times for Entering Kindergartners

Monday 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday 4:30 p.m.

Thursday 9:30 a.m.

Thursday 3:30 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m.

Saturday 10:15 a.m.

 

2018 Class Times for Entering 1st Graders

Monday 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday 6:15 p.m.

Saturday 11:15 a.m

2018 Class Times for Entering 2nd and 3rd Graders

Tuesday 4:00 p.m.

Thursday 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m.