EARLY CHILDHOOD (Infants - Grade 1)

Children drawing music notes on blackboard

All children are little artists. From a very young age, they love to sing, dance, draw, and play-act. As parents, our first job is simply to encourage and support their natural artistic inclinations. At the Music Conservatory, you can give your child the best possible start in music, and have lots of fun exploring music as a family.

We offer classes that introduce your child to the basics, using musical games and creative expression to teach concepts such as melody, rhythm, phrasing, dynamics and more. Our Suzuki program provides a proven, child-centered approach to learning violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano. Shinichi Suzuki believed that all children are born with innate musical ability, and we agree! Click here for more information on our Suzuki program.

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We will help you determine if your child is ready to start music, and what program will be the best fit. Before enrolling, you’ll bring your child for a visit to the Conservatory and meet with one of our experts who will customize a program based on your child's skill-set. Our staff and teachers are dedicated professionals with amazing credentials and a passion for working with children. The Conservatory is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, so you can be assured of the highest quality for your child.

Scholarships based on financial need are available for students of all ages to enroll at the Conservatory. Students and parents are encouraged to inquire and apply. For more information click here.

Here's What we offer:

  • Instrumental Instruction

      • The Suzuki philosophy is based on the concept that all children can succeed in music when provided with the right environment, great teaching, and parental support. Children learn through listening, imitation, and repetition, and early music reading is an important part of the Conservatory’s approach to teaching and learning in our Suzuki program. Parents attend lessons and classes with their children and practice with them at home every day. Recitals are scheduled throughout the year.

        Suzuki group classes reinforce and expand upon what is learned in the private lessons and teach ensemble and musicianship skills, as well as providing a social group with peers. Optional Music Skills and Music Theory classes help children learn the fundamentals of music and reinforce note reading. For more information on our Suzuki program click here.

        For more information on the Suzuki method, visit the Suzuki Association of America website www.suzukiassociation.org

      • Piano is a wonderful first instrument for children, and instruction can begin as early as age 4 1/2. While some children are ready to jump right into private lessons, many start with a group class. Our piano classes use a blend of different teachinl methods and materials.

        Children learn basic piano skills in a nurturing environment with their peers. A parent or caregiver attends weekly classes with their child and guides at-home practice.

  • Young Children's Classes

      • This bilingual (Spanish and English) class introduces babies, toddlers and preschoolers to music through songs, sound exploration, rhythm and movement in an upbeat, nurturing environment.

        Children attend classes with a parent or caregiver, sharing the joy of singing and experiencing music together. Classes are organized according to age: 4 months–age 2; ages 2–3; ages 3–4.

      • Based on the renowned Dalcroze method, this class teaches the fundamentals of rhythm, melody and harmony through ear training, creative movement, songs and improvisation. The Saturday morning classes include an emphasis on Orff percussion instruments. Children attend classes on their own, without a parent or caregiver. Pre-K Music Skills offers a perfect entry point for your child’s musical education, helping prepare him/her to learn an instrument. Music Skills classes start in October and continue through May. Enrollment is ongoing through February.

        Music Skills classes provide a foundation of our music theory curriculum which starts in grade 4. Students benefit from taking Music Skills and theory in addition to their instrumental lessons.

        Our Music Skills teachers are certified Dalcroze instructors. To learn more about Dalcroze go to www.dalcrozeusa.org

  • Performing Ensembles

      • Offers a nurturing, enjoyable ensemble experience open to all instrumental and vocal students. Students explore their vocal capabilities through unison and simple two-part vocal music ranging from folk songs to popular tunes. The chorus performs at the Conservatory and in various community locations.

      • Open to all students, including those with no prior musical experience. Students learn the basics of percussion and how to play the various parts of drum beats in this fun and inventive class. Sticks, buckets, and household items are used.

  • Before you register we ask you to come in with your parent(s) and meet with us. To set up a time fill out the New Student Inquiry Form, or contact:

    Dr. Amanda Tabor
    Associate Dean of Students of Faculty
    (914) 761-3900 ext. 114


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