Winter Classes Start Monday, December 3rd!

It’s not too late to register! Join Hands On! this winter as we celebrate our 20th anniversary offering our unique curriculum in early music education for the very young. Continuing with our mission to educate and entertain, let’s sing, move, and play as we learn musical styles, concepts, and instruments.

This winter, we will start at the beginning, with Hands On! presents The ABC’s of Music. We will meet the 26 letters through the exploration of over 31 different musical instruments from the Accordion to the Zither! Letters are represented visually and musically as we show them with the corresponding instruments of the orchestra, and then play songs composed especially for the program.

Check out our schedule of group classes for children 4 months to 4 years. Call (212 496 9929) or email (westside@handsonformusic.com) our studio to register!

See you in class!

Hands On! music classes are designed to include music, story, movement, and the exploration of all kinds of musical instruments. Each class is led by a trained teacher who sings songs and plays the instruments of the orchestra. A pianist accompanies the instructor.

20th Anniversary Celebration! Sign Up Before November 17th to Participate in our Registration Special!

Join Hands On! this winter as we celebrate our 20th anniversary offering our unique curriculum in early music education for the very young. Continuing with our mission to educate and entertain, let’s sing, move, and play as we learn musical styles, concepts, and instruments.

To celebrate our anniversary year, we are offering $75 off a full session registration. Our Winter Session runs from December 3rd – March 9th. Register before November 17th to participate!

This winter, we will start at the beginning, with Hands On! presents The ABC’s of Music. We will meet the 26 letters through the exploration of over 31 different musical instruments from the Accordion to the Zither! Letters are represented visually and musically as we show them with the corresponding instruments of the orchestra, and then play songs composed especially for the program.

Check out our schedule of group classes for children 4 months to 4 years. Call or email our studio to register.

See you in class!

Hands On! music classes are designed to include music, story, movement, and the exploration of all kinds of musical instruments. Each class is led by a trained teacher who sings songs and plays the instruments of the orchestra. A pianist accompanies the instructor.

Classical Music Is Undergoing a Revolution – and You’re Probably a Fan Without Realizing It

From film scores to tv commercials and video games to major sporting events, classical music is not only not dying, but rather it is booming. It is also spilling over into other musical genres, says presenter of Mornings on ABC Classic FM Martin Buzacott. “The guitar player from The National, Bryce Dessner, and people like that, they actually play in rock bands, but they are formally-trained classical musicians and they are writing now for classical music,” says Buzacott.

Thanks to YouTube and other online live streaming services, it has become easier than ever to watch a Philharmonic play live, should you ever want to.

Click to read more about classical music’s evolving role in the American entertainment culture, as well as the ways in which the genre suffers in what some call a “branding problem”.

Hands On! Visits France

Last week we visited the country of: France! We visited France on our world map and learned that the Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet tall! We sang the Allouette, met the French Horn, and perhaps the most exciting of all – the accordion! On the accordion we listened to La Vie en Rose and the Can Can song! For our lullaby, we listened to French composer Debussy’s Clair de Lune to wind down after a very exciting class.

Stay tuned to see which country we visit next!

6 Amazing Women in Classical Music History

From England to Venezuela, from harpsichordists to activists, here are 6 women who have made exceptional contributions to the world of classical music.

Click to listen to some of their compositions and read about their inspirational lives.

Classical Pianist Hunter Noack Reimagines the Concert Hall in the Spectacular Outdoors

Meet Hunter Noack, a pianist from Oregon who tows his 9-foot Steinway piano all across the Pacific Northwest, playing in scenic areas such as the Columbia Gorge and the Alvord Desert. He says that these vast areas are the Pacific Northwest’s natural halls and churches. He performs in landscape spaces with astounding natural beauty and rich history, places where people normally would not have access to classical music. “I hope that they find little moments of magic,” Noack said. “It’s those little moments… that draw people’s emotions, that like give them space to feel something and to notice the beauty around us … And even for an hour, wander wherever they want is something totally worth doing.”

Click to read more about Hunter Noack and his musical tour of the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 

 

 

Piano Lessons in the Panopticon

Interested in learning a new skill? Nowadays, you can find instructional videos for just about anything on YouTube. For Elias Muhanna, a professor of Literature at Brown University, YouTube is how he learned jazz piano, for the most part. Mr. Muhanna has spent hundreds of hours watching the videos of Peter Martin, a virtuosic pianist from St. Louis who is well-known in jazz circles. Though Muhanna started taking classes since the age of 7, he states that his skill level had truly surged only after finding Martin’s videos. Some may find this odd, as learning the piano from instructional videos lacks the interactive feedback and connection made with an in-person teacher, while others could argue that watching videos allows a student to closely watch a pianist’s technique and allow them to replay footage over and over again. Click to read more about Muhanna’s experience with online piano classes and how the internet is changing the educational landscape.

Maestro Neeme Järvi: ‘Every parent MUST introduce their child to music’

According to world-class Estonian Maestro Neeme Järvi, who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gramophone Awards in the UK, the importance of music in a child’s life is of utter importance. As he told Classic FM, music needs to be a part of a child’s life from the age of 4 or 5. Järvi is a parent himself, to 2 conductors and a flautist.

Click to listen to Järvi’s interview at the Gramophone Awards.