Hoff-Barthelson Music School to Host Open House for Early Childhood Program
Start the new year off right by learning all about Hoff-Barthelson Music School's Early Childhood Program - attend an Open House on Friday, January 17, 2020, from 10:00 to 11:30 am! Children ages 6 months to 5 years and their adults are invited to join in the fun of a music and movement class at 10:30 am, followed by a brief Q & A with faculty, and a reception during which you can socialize with other families. In the event of snow, the Open House will be held the following Friday, January 24, 2020 at the same time.
About the Early Childhood Program:
Weekly classes for preschoolers incorporate exercises and games that involve singing, moving, improvising, and using small percussion instruments to promote keen inner hearing and rhythmic sensitivity. Props such as colorful balls, hoops, scarves, and puppets animate musical concepts and engage the senses and imagination. Even the very youngest children develop focus, spatial awareness, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, and the ability to work with others-all while having fun.
Classes are available for parents/caregivers with their children as well as in a "drop-off" format for children who enjoy attending music class independently.
Hoff-Barthelson's Early Childhood classes encourage and support the development of children's minds and bodies through Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a renowned teaching method that pairs music and movement. Hoff-Barthelson is known for one of the largest faculties of Dalcroze trained and certified teachers in the United States.
For families interested in taking the first steps in learning to play an instrument, Piano Together (group piano classes) Little Pipers Recorder Classes, Suzuki Pre-Twinkler for Violin, and Beginning Ukulele are hands-on classes for older threes and up. Other offerings include Petite Chorus, an introduction to the world of choral singing and Saturday Songs, a class where children ages 3 and 4 explore musical concepts. These fun, interactive and informative classes are a great way to introduce young children to musical instruction in a social setting with other children of similar ages, and is the perfect first step to private lesson instruction as children get older.
"The classes, grouped by age, are dynamic and interactive," said Laura Barnet, Early Childhood Music Specialist at Hoff-Barthelson. "Children love music. It is something that they can participate in at a young age; it fosters their complete development."
A complete listing of available classes and their descriptions can be found at https://hbms.org/early-childhood/.
Hoff-Barthelson Music School, now celebrating its 75th Anniversary, has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. With a faculty drawn from the region's most talented teachers and performers, the School has long been one of Westchester County's most cherished cultural resources. At Hoff-Barthelson, students find a warm, friendly music school dedicated to the highest standards of education, performance, and community service. Students of all ages, aptitudes, and levels of interest enjoy a supportive, joyful learning environment; a focus on the whole person; exceptional teaching; and a multifaceted curriculum.
The Early Childhood Program is made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photo Credit: Steven Schnur.