ENROLLING NOW FOR FALL 2016. Call us at 518-459-7799 for more information. (See our Music for the Young page for more information on programs for 2 and 3 year olds.)
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 8—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. (To learn about our short-term classes for two- and three-year-olds, as well as four-year-olds who aren′t ready for the school-year program, please see our Music for the Young offerings.)
The Foundation 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 our Foundation.)
Weekly hour-long classes; Monday through Saturday options available.