Our longtime teacher Elizabeth is performing this summer in “Demon”, Anton Rubinstein’s 1871 opera that was once Russia’s most popular one. Click to read about the production, which is taking place in Bard College’s SummerScape festival.
We are currently registering for our Fall Session, which runs from September 5th – December 1st. Register before Saturday, August 4th, to receive $50 off a full registration.
This Fall join us as we take a musical journey in our original curriculum Around the World. On our trip we will listen to the bagpipes of Scotland, experience the didgeridoo while visiting Australia, and see and touch the balalaika while in Russia. A perfect way to learn about the world and our connection through music, come and travel with us!
See you in class!
Last week Punchinello the traveling clown finished the story of Sleeping Beauty. We met the trombone and played Tchaikovsky’s Hunting Theme as the young prince searched through the woods for sleeping Aurora. When he finds the palace and awakens Aurora with a kiss, they have a big celebration of singing and dancing. We then met the cello and played Tchaikovsky’s Waltz. Stay tuned to find out where Punchinello will travel this week!
OrchKids is a free afterschool program in Baltimore founded by Marin Alsop, the musical director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Founded 10 years ago with just 30 students in a single school, OrchKids now reaches 1,300 students across 6 schools and has performed with musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis.
Alsop’s goal? To change the landscape of Baltimore concert halls and stages, which “don’t reflect the diversity of our communities” she once said in an interview.
OrchKids offers a respite from troubles that often come disturbingly close to home in a city that has seen more than its fair share of troubles.
Click to read more!
This week Punchinello the traveling clown visits France, where he tells us the story of Sleeping Beauty. Once upon a time, a baby princess was born in a palace. The King and the Queen invited 6 faeries to visit the baby princess to give her the gifts of beauty, wisdom and grace. Before the last and most important fairy, the Lilac Fairy, had a chance to speak, a wicked old fairy who was very angry to not be invited put a curse on the baby! She said that one day the princess would prick her finger and sleep forever! The Lilac Fairy steps forward and makes a promise – that the curse would be broken when a Prince wakes her with a kiss.
Click to listen to the Lilac Fairy’s theme, written by Tchaikovsky.
What happens when you strap 14-month olds into front-facing baby carriers and bounce around to “Twist and Shout”? This is what Laura Cirelli did at the University of Toronto, Mississauga as part of a larger study to explore the role of music in early childhood development. What Cirelli found is that moving together to the music created a connection between the baby and the adult, just one of the many benefits of music in a young child’s life.
Additionally, Cirelli explored the soothing effects of lullabies and found that it is not only the child who experiences calm but also the mother!
Click to read more about Cirelli’s fascinating study.
Click to read about how exposing your child to music can help in all areas of child development, including their cognitive, language, motor and social-emotional skills. This article explores the essential relationships between music and mathematics, spatial-temporal intelligence and motor development and all the ways that music can benefit your child’s life. At Hands On, children are exposed to all the instruments of the orchestra through musical storytelling that is bound together through a progressive curriculum, developing and strengthening all the skills mentioned in this article. Sign up for a music class today!
Sign up for the Summer session before Saturday, May 26 to receive $50 off!
Don’t forget to sign up early to receive our early registration discount! Sign up before May 26 for $50 off the Summer, and before August 4 for $50 off the Fall.