Reasons To Learn a 2nd Language In Infancy!

Grown ups trying to acquire another language ask themselves “why is it that learning a new language is so difficult as an adult, yet so easy for children?’ Read about William Alexander’s attempt to learn a 2nd language and the surprising results and information that come from his experience in “The Benefits of Failing at French.”

His research finds that when you’re a toddler, the amount of synapses—that is, neuron connections in the brain—are double that of an adult. There is a certain “critical period,” consisting of the first six years of a child’s life, in which the brain is in perfect condition to adapt and acquire multiple languages. After this time, the brain shifts in focus towards attaining other skills that are vital for social interaction and overall survival.

Hands On! offers language music classes in Spanish starting at 4 months till 5 years. Join us in our original program “Travel to South America” and immerse your child in the language of Spanish!

“Ming’s Masterpiece” for Sale Now!


Follow the story and sing-along at home when you purchase the companion book and downloadable music to our fall program, Ming’s Masterpiece. 

With story written and music composed by Charles Sekel, Hands On! accompanist for the Westside location, you will be able to share with your child a fantastic story and listen to music in different styles.

For Sale Now at the Westside and Tribeca Studios!

Hands On! Teacher Elizabeth Sings July 4th Weekend!


You’re invited to hear our Tribeca Hands On! teacher in a recital “Les Femmes en Fleur” on Sunday, July 6th at 4:00 pm. It will be held at the Opera America Recital Hall on 7 Ave between 28 and 29th.

Elizabeth Smith (Soprano), Noelle McMurtry, (Soprano), and Joseph Yungen (Piano) offer a perfect post-4th Sunday afternoon escape into nature, love, and womanhood with songs by Faure, Schumann, Schubert, and Poulenc.

Free Admission

Hear Hands On! Teacher Elizabeth Sing in March!


Elizabeth sings to your children at Hands On!, but she is also a professional opera singer about town! Catch her tomorrow and Sunday at Carnegie and Merkin Halls as she joins her choral ensembles in presenting works by Max Bruch and contemporary artists Ernst Krenek, Thea Musgrave,Yotam Haber, Karen Siegel and Michael Schachter!

Spring / Summer Specials!!!

There is still time to take advantage of our great Spring / Summer specials! Enjoy our music, art and music language classes. Please take a look!!!

Hands On! Pianist Olga Performs Today!

Hands On! Pianist Olga Gurevich performs today at the First Presbyterian Church of Newtown in a chamber music concert with Muneyoshi Takahashi on violin and Peter Howard on cello.  The program will include Chaconne for violin solo and Sonata in D Major for viola da gamba (played on cello) by Bach, the Pulcinella Suite for cello and piano by Stravinsky and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor. Also, there will be a world premiere of a piece for cello and piano by Fong Fong, the Chinese-American composer.

This is not to be missed!


SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014, 5:00 PM




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Weather Has You Blue?

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Come join us as we follow Punchinello on a musical journey. We’ll sing songs, play instruments and chase the blues away!


Friday, January 3rd Closed Due to Snow Storm

Due to the severe snow, wind and cold weather, Hands On! is closed today.

For those children in today’s classes, we ask that parents or caregivers please call next week to schedule a make up.