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Check out these exciting experiences for kids and their families! These highly interactive programs are designed to spark creativity, inspire fresh perspective, and influence maximum engagement. The faculty is a small cooperative of like-minded friends, active performing artists, and enthusiastic and experienced educators. 

All offerings will be held on Zoom and require a stable internet connection from your device. Unless otherwise specified, fees listed are per household and payable upon registration via Venmo.

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the immensity of the sea." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of Le Petit Prince

We are committed to making these offerings accessible to all students who desire them. Tuition discounts are available.

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This 2-week class emphasizes the fundamentals of Music Theory, with the highly acclaimed textbook “Music Theory Remixed” serving as our guide and inspiration. Practice exercises referenced from Barron's AP Music Theory will also allow students to gauge subject mastery. Additional practical performance topics will be covered, including Managing Performance Anxiety, Speaking to Audiences, How to Memorize Music, Reading Chord Charts, Writing about Yourself, Accompanying Singers and more! Students will have the opportunity to try out exercises and experiment in real time during this highly interactive class. The concepts studied in Music Theory will be drawn from classical, pop and Broadway music, and aim to help students connect head and heart; by understanding the mechanics of music we become better listeners and achieve deeper musical expression as performers. This workshop is recommended for motivated intermediate and advanced level performers, 12 years and older. (Limit 12)

Students will also benefit from the expertise of Guest Artist-Educators:

TIME: Mon-Fri, 4-5:10PM EDT

(70 minutes with a short break)

FEE: $250/2 weeks

Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 10, 2020 1 seat left 


Vivian Chang-Freiheit, piano

The Juilliard School, DMA, MM

Oberlin College, BM

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Learn from Mariah Sam

Assistant Teacher

Junior on the Dean's List

Brigham Young University

TIME: Mon-Fri, 25 minutes daily

FEE: $100/week or prorated @$20/lesson)

1: July 27-31 

2: August 3-7

3: August 10-14 

4: August 17-21

Zoom Concert August 22


PIANO FOR BEGINNERS: One-on-One Instruction for All Ages 

Not sure your child is ready for piano lessons? This is a great opportunity for a young student to learn the fundamentals of piano playing and note reading, and for families to gauge their child's interest. This program is designed for the complete beginner and skills can be built upon over multiple weeks. Keyboard required. 

During this 5-day course, students will learn to:

  • Read notes in both treble and bass clefs

  • Master the concept of fingering

  • Understand note values, and clap and play notated rhythms

  • Find and maintain an inner, steady pulse

  • Learn several piano pieces within a 10-note scale range

  • Prepare and perform in Sunday Zoom concerts if signed up for multiple weeks



Sunday, June 21 @ 10:30AM

Sunday, July 26 @ 10:30AM

Saturday, August 22 @ 10:30AM

"Before my daughter started lessons with you, I had to help her with the piano practice everyday and she was often frustrated. Now, she is so independent and can practice by herself! And naturally, she really enjoys playing piano. We can't be happier!" - parent of a young student

SING & PLAY! for K-2

Sing & Play is a positive way to start your day and a great opportunity for children K-2 to be creative together. Miss Vivian leads a highly interactive music class which includes guided pretend play, rhythm games and skills instruction, call and response singing, live instrumental music, and story time. This class is designed to be as interactive as possible; kids are spotlighted often throughout class to share their ideas, and a group whiteboard gives us an exciting platform to collaborate in our learning and play. We will also be dressing up as characters found in classical and Disney music and using everyday household items as props and musical instruments! This is a very positive and individualized environment for children to learn and grow at their own pace and to share their ideas with classmates. Siblings, parents, and children with special educational needs also welcome! (Limit: 10)

"You are such a gifted teacher, and I'm so impressed with your Zoom skills! You have been our sunshine during this rainy, gray and difficult month!!" -- from parent of a student

"You remind me of a modern day Mr. Rogers! You are just so cheerful and have such a calm/reassuring demeanor!" -- from a teaching colleague

TIME: Mon-Fri  9:30-10:20AM EDT

FEE: $100/week, $150/two weeks, OR

$300/4 weeks per household

1: June 1-5, 2020 FULL

2: June 8-12, 2020 3 seats left

3: June 15-19, 2020 FULL

4: June 22-26, 2020 FULL

Just for fun during stay-at-home days...

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TIME: Mon-Fri, 25 minutes daily with Vivian Chang

8:30AM, 9AM, 9:30AM, 10AM, 10:30AM, 12PM, 12:30PM

FEE: $150/week (@$30/lesson)

1: June 1-5

2: June 8-12

3: June 15-19

4: June 22-26

5: June 29-July 3

6: July 6-10

7: July 13-17

8: July 20-24


This class combines the discipline and grace of ballet with the creativity and freedom of modern. Dancers will learn the positions of the body, how to use the music, and the basics of ballet. By focusing on the stories found in dance, like Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, dancers will be able to practice storytelling though movement. Guidance will be given on creating our own costumes from things we already have at home! 

This intensive culminates in an online recital. (Limit 6)

TIME: Mon-Fri, 9:30-10:20AM EDT

FEE: $100/week

1: June 29-July 3, 2020   FULL

    2: July 6-10, 2020 FULL

Private classes and lessons also available, 

please email:


Caroline Fermin, dance

Barnard College

Wilson College, MFA

The Juilliard School, BFA

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Dance is about self-leadership. A strong relationship with our body is a lifelong gift, and I am so excited to be able to share that with your children!   --- Caroline Fermin


Students will be introduced to fundamental improvisational skills through a variety of Western musical styles: classical, pop, American folk music, blues, and jazz. Versatile Piano Master Blair McMillen will demonstrate and teach the technical aspects of various styles, encourage experimentation with guided instruction, and help students develop confidence in playing extemporaneously!  Designed especially for intermediate and advanced pianists and instrumentalists, ages 11 and up. No previous improvisation experience necessary. Basic music theory knowledge helpful. (Limit: 6)

TIME: Mon-Fri, 1:00-2:10PM EDT

(70 min, with a short break)

FEE: $150/week per student

1:  June 15-19, 2020  FULL

2: June 22-26, 2020  FULL

3: July 6-10, 2020 3 seats left


Blair McMillen, piano

Mannes School of Music

Manhattan School of Music, DMA

The Juilliard School, MM

Oberlin College, BA, BM

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OPERA BITES: A Crash Course in Craft-Baking and Culture 

Come for a quick dive into opera and craft-baking!  Jump into a themed recipe that pairs with the opera of the day, with kid-friendly opera facts and music, live violin interjections, and a fantastic food result at the end of each class!  This will be an interactive learning environment for both recipes and musical ideas.  Make sweet and savory puff pastry flutes and birds as we learn about Mozart's great confection, The Magic Flute! Craft pretzel rod witch’s fingers when we visit Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel!  Join me for a fun, stove-free journey into creativity and culture, with optional costumes for the truly daring.  Have some lockdown fun and put a check in the classical music box!  For the young and the young at heart.  For accompanied children as young as 2, with an independence emphasis for the 7-10 age group.  This will be a stove-free, nearly oven-free class that will require limited to no supervision for older children.  Weekly ingredients list to be provided in advance. Adults welcome! (Limit: 10)

TIME: Mon-Fri, 4:00-4:50PM EDT

FEE: $100/week per household

Opera Bites 1: June 22-26, 2020 FULL

Opera Bites 2 (all new recipes!): July 13-17, 2020 FULL

Private violin lessons also available,

please email


Candy-melt pretzel fingers!


"Magic Flute" pastries


Sylvia Volpe, violin

MET Orchestra

The Juilliard School, BM

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Drawing from the inspiration of some of the world's most poetic and picturesque imagery of art song and music from the Romantic era, individuals will increase awareness of their senses and body through poses, mindfulness techniques and breathing exercises. Families will experience live performances by the multi-talented Jean-Paul Bjorlin, including works such as the Beethoven "Moonlight" Piano Sonata and the gentle sung strains of a Brahms Lullaby; a delightful program of music from the Romantic era serves as beautiful inspiration to finding one's breath and achieving mindfulness. By listening together for the sounds of nature, the movement and characters of animals, and the heightened emotions found in some of the most beloved classical music repertoire, families will gain new perspective and interpretation of traditional yoga poses. Musical Yoga is a wonderful way for parents and children to start their day together. Class ends daily with a creative prompt for children to design their own yoga pose to share with classmates on the following day.  Om Shanti!  (Limit: 10)

TIME:Mon-Fri, 9:30-10:20AM EDT

FEE: $100/week per household

1: June 29 - July 3

2: July 6 - 10


Jean-Paul Bjorlin, tenor

Barnard College

The Juilliard School, BM, MM 

Certified Yoga Instructor (10 years)

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Grab any camera and let’s make a movie! Students will create their very own 1-3 min short film with the support of a group of film-loving peers and the guidance of a professional film instructor. Meeting every day, makers will engage in mini film challenges, pitching ideas, storyboarding, camera tricks and editing with a culminating event where friends and family see their final film, hear from the filmmakers about their process and even ask questions. (LIMIT: 6)


  • Smartphone or iPad 

  • Smartphone editing app

  • Google account (Google Classroom)

  • Paper and pencil 


Soft Skills:

  • Collaboration 

  • Peer and instructor feedback

  • Problem Solving 

  • Critical thinking


Technical Skills:

  • Introduction to film and language 

  • Effective storytelling 

  • Analyzing film shots 

  • Filming and Editing with smartphone editing app 

FILMMAKING 101: Grades: 6-8

TIME: Mon-Fri, 10:30AM-noon EDT, 90 min. 

FEE: $150 per week

1. June 29 - July FULL

2. July  20 - 24 FULL

3: August 17-21 3 seats left

FILMMAKING101: Grades: 9-12

TIME: Mon-Fri, 4-5:30PM EDT, 90 min.

FEE: $150 per week

1. July 6 - 10 FULL

2. July  20 - 24 FULL

3. August 24-28 3 seats left

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Emily Ohara, Media Arts Educator & Kids Curator

Jacob Burns Film Center

Manhattanville College, M.M. Educational Studies

SUNY Purchase, B.M. Cinema Studies

With over 10 years of experience, media arts educator and JBFC Kids Curator Emily Ohara has taught young aspiring filmmakers, elementary through highschool, at the Jacob Burns Film Center in New York. In 2018, Emily received her Masters in Educational Studies from Manhattanville College allowing her to further her career in discovering innovative ways to effectively teach young people the power of film. Emphasizing collaboration, student choice, and meaningful peer feedback, Emily’s classes are designed to be a safe and fun space where kids can let their creativity fly!

Twitter: @TeachEmFilm (

Instagram: @TeachEmFilm

Jacob Burns Film Center Bio:

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Film Noir Challenge: Popcorn (Grades 5-6)

Mist (Grades 7-8)

Emily Ohara interviewed about JFBC kids:

Not Clickbait (Grades 7-8)

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