Music for Young Children

Do-Re-Mi School of Music & the Arts
93A South Livingston Avenue
Livingston, NJ
973-758-1500 

SPIRAL: Start Piano Instruction: Readiness Assessment Lessons

SPIRAL is a unique sequential piano readiness program for 4 to 5-1/2 y.o. offered at the Do-Re-Mi School.

Any child whose parents consider piano lessons for him or her will be admitted into SPIRAL. The SPIRAL system is NOT intended to "diagnose" the level of abilities, make any prognosis about a child's future success, nor give recommendations whether or not to pursue piano instruction, but to develop each child's abilities and teach him certain skills vital for a sustained, successful piano endeavor. Piano preparatory lessons can be given in a small group, semi-private or private setting; lesson contents remain the same.

At the end of the introductory course, we expect each child to acquire certain skills and abilities:

  • play a familiar simple tune based on up to 8 consecutive, as well as repeated, notes on resonator bars and white keys of the piano correctly

  • tap or clap steady beat along with recorded or performed music

  • clap or tap a short rhythm pattern (2-4 beats) consisting of quarter and eighth notes

  • compare sounds, such as higher, lower, the same; recognize the melody direction (up or down)

  • recognize three-tone patterns (containing three tones of different pitches) and find corresponding notation card

  • recognize by ear, know the terms and find corresponding cards with symbols for music sounding loud and soft (forte and piano), gradually louder and gradually softer (crescendo and decrescendo), smoothly and detached (legato and staccato), as well as with accents

  • to move arms naturally, with elbows and wrists relaxed (while playing on the drums or resonator bars)

  • know right and left hand

  • know finger numbers and be able to move each particular finger on request

  • know names of white keys on the piano

  • be able to show and recognize by ear high, middle and low register

  • play a familiar tune on two or three neighboring piano keys with 2 or 3 middle fingers (except thumb and pinkie)

The parents will have access to video clips that will guide them how to help a child to practice.
During the course, a child's readiness will be reassessed, and recommendations for transition into traditional piano lessons will be made.

Piano readiness program has been developed by Marina Goldin, a highly trained professional in areas of piano instruction, ear training and early childhood music. Among her students are competition winners who have performed at Carnegie Hall, as well as admitted to pre-college division of world-famous Juilliard School. Mrs. Goldin is a recipient of the prestigious Madam Genia Robinor Pedagogy Award. For her paper on teaching piano beginners how to read music, Mrs. Goldin was invited to the MTNA (Music Teacher's National Association) National Conference in Washington, D.C. (2002). Mrs. Goldin was later invited as a panelist to the NJ MTA Conference (2006) early childhood panel, "Transition from Early Childhood Classes to Traditional Piano Lessons." In 2008, Mrs. Goldin presented a paper entitled, "Basics Before Method Books", at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference "Back to Basics" (Dallas, TX), a conference dedicated to the teachers of beginners. Mrs. Goldin served as a judge at MEA Piano Festival (2007) and Golden Key Piano Festival (2011)

We are registering for a 11-week fall session!

Saturday 3:00-3:30

October 4 – December 20, no class on November 29 (Thanksgiving)

Tuition: $200

Address: 93A South Livingston Ave

2nd Floor, Room 9.

 

Wednesday 5:30-6:15

October 1 – December 17, no class on November 28 (before Thanksgiving.)

Tuition: $250

Address: 113 So. Livingston Ave

Suite 3 (former Edible Arrangements – their sign is still there, also look for big banners with a boy in wrestling gloves and a woman with a measuring tape enjoying her waistline :-)


МУЗЫКА для МАЛЫШЕЙ

Самых маленьких, еще до того, как они начинают говорить (от полутора лет) мы приглашаем на уроки музыки на русском языке. Уроки эти ставят своей целью создание развивающей музыкальной среды для детей, подобно известным программам Kindermusik, Musikgarten и Music Together, но все уроки проходят на языке, родном для малышей. В программу, рассчитанную на 4 года, включены разнообразные песни, как авторские – Никитиных, Шаинского и других композиторов, так и детские песни народов мира. В программе использовано множество стихов, часто положенных на музыку. Это и знакомые бабушкам и прабабушкам наших учеников стихотворения Агнии Барто, Самуила Маршака и Валентина Берестова, и более поздние авторы: Эмма Мошковская, Ирина Токмакова, Генрих Сапгир, Вадим Левин, а также поэты, писавшие давно, но опубликованные уже при перестройке, такие как Даниил Хармс и Саша Черный.

Школа До-Ре-Ми начала свое существование с музыки для малышей на русском языке в январе 2001 года, когда в доме у учительницы собралась группа из 5 детей. Дети выросли, и школа тоже. С этой программы начинают свои занятия всё новые и новые малыши. Некоторые семьи присылают к нам своего третьего и четвертого ребенка! Такой популярности русская музыкальная программа обязана не только своему качеству, но и своей "бифункциональности": развивая музыкальные способности малыша, классы на русском языке помогают ему и в становлении родной речи. Не зря все логопеды советуют родителям добавить к логопедическим занятиям еще и музыкальные.

Toddlers (16 months - 3 years):
Thursday 10:30-11:00,  Saturday 9:30-10:00
Tuition: $60/month

Pre-schoolers (3-5 yrs.)
 Saturday 10:15-11:00; 11:15-12:00 

Tuition: $80/month

Calendar 2013-2014

Sept 07: lessons start
Sept 14: no classes, Yom-Kippur
Oct 31: no classes, Halloween
Nov 28 -30: no lessons, Thanksgiving break
Dec 23-Jan 01: no lessons, New Year break
Feb 15-17: no classes, President Day break
Apr 14-19: no classes, Spring break
May 24-26: no lessons, Memorial Day break
June 21: the last day of spring semester
June 23: the first day of summer semester

SPIRAL

SPIRAL ( Start Piano Instruction: Readiness Assessment Lessons) is a unique sequential piano readiness program offered at the Do-Re-Mi School to children whose parents consider piano lessons. The SPIRAL system is NOT intended to "diagnose" abilities, make any prognosis about a future success, nor give recommendations whether or not to pursue piano instruction, but to develop each child's abilities and teach him certain skills vital for a sustained, successful piano endeavor. Lessons can be given in a small group, semi-private or private setting.

During the course, a child's readiness will be reassessed, and recommendations for transition into traditional piano lessons will be made. Please see sample videos below.

Tutition

Private and Partner SPIRAL Monthly Tuition includes weekly lessons according to the calendar and one monthly group lesson each month.

  30-min. 45-min. 60-min.
Private $140/month $195/month n/a
Partner $90/month $120/month n/a
Group 75/month $90/month $100/month

To watch sample videos, please click here.