For over 50 years, the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute has been sharing the love of music with Staten Islanders. We offer group and private lessons for children and adults.
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About the Music Institute
Music instruction at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island began in the late 1950s in affiliation with the Bronx House School of Music. In 1970, the Music Institute of the JCC was founded by its co-directors, Dorothy Delson Kuhn and Bertha R. Mandel, as an autonomous music school. The school received its current name, The Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute, in 1994.
The mission of the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute is to provide, in a community music school setting at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, exceptionally fine instruction in the performance, understanding and appreciation of music, particularly but not exclusively, to schoolchildren. Students learn in a non-competitive atmosphere. The Music Institute is a non-profit and non-sectarian music school. It is the only member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education on Staten Island.
Frequent student-faculty recitals provide an incentive for progress and an opportunity for students to share their accomplishments with their families, friends and other students. At these recitals, students are able to hear their peers and teachers play.
Private lessons are available in:
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45 minutes weekly, 15 weeks
A dynamic readiness program for young children with emphasis on the ear training, solfege singing, movement, pitch and rhythm awareness, keyboard geography and finger readiness. Creativity is stressed. Parent involvement in class and at home.
Tuesdays at 3:30pm
55 minutes weekly, 15 weeks
Carefully constructed for children to learn the basic building blocks of music. Emphasis on ear training, solfege singing, keyboard playing, ensemble and rhythm activities, movement and music creativity. Reading concepts are introduced gradually and basic composing activities encourage the development of the child’s musical vocabulary. This exceptional course gives the student “inner hearing”, which makes transposing. Improvisation and composing easily accessible in their musical studies. Parent involvement in class and at home.
Tuesdays at 4:45pm
The Young Musician course introduces beginning students to keyboard performance and note reading in a holistic program, including the organized development of pitch, rhytm, solfege singing, keyboard and movement activities. Parent involvement in class and at home.
Tuesdays at 6pm
45 minutes weekly, 9 sessions
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and adults who love them. The classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that heir early environment supports such learning. Book and CD included in the price of the class.
Tuesdays at 9:45am and/or Sundays at 10:45am
Enjoy music making with a certified Music Therapist able to engage children with emotional and cognitive needs. Parent participation required.
Bernikow JCC, Ensemble room #1
Early Childhood ClasseS
Learn Hebrew through songs and rhymes
Wednesdays at 4:45pm
Bernikow JCC/ECE wing
1 hour, 10 weeks
Discover the magic of music through singing, dancing and playing along in this interactive, fun and educational music class.
Class size is limited.
Bernikow JCC Thursdays at 3:30 PM
Avis/South Shore JCC Mondays at 3:30 PM
10 sessions, 1 hour
If you love to sing songs from shows and musicals, then this class is for you!
Explore repertoire from musicals such as The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof or Annie. Acquire basic skills for song presentation and acting. Gain confidence to perform on stage. We will train your voice and ear.
Thursdays at 4:45pm
PRE-TEEN & TEEN PROGRAMS
Date and time TBA
10 sessions packages available
Work one on one with a certified Music Therapist able to engage students with unique interest and abilities.
Youth Chamber Ensemble – 8-18 years
Fee: $105 member/$160 non-member, free for current students
Take the next step and expand your repertoire while playing in an intimate group. Advance your skills to include balance, phrasing and intonation. Chamber music offers players the perfect balance between solo and orchestral performing.
10 weekly sessions
Utilizing technology to create original compositions is the cornerstone of these sessions. Using applications found on the tablets and PCs, we will provide students with an experience unlike traditional means. Curriculum is focused on digital music with materials provided for the student. Workshops can be given focused around recording equipment as well as learning about maximizing use of technologies being used.
No prior experience writing songs or music needed.
Tuesdays at 4:45pm
Wednesdays at 4:00, Bernikow JCC
Tuesday at 4:45pm, Avis/ South Shore JCC
Recorder Ensemble – 9-12 years
Fee: $105 member/$160 non-member
Fridays at 4pm
Programs for Adults
90 minutes weekly, 15 weeks
Take the next step and expand your repertoire while playing in an intimate group. Advance your skills to include balance, phrasing and intonation. Chamber music offers players the perfect balance between solo and orchestral performing. Open to all levels, however, you must be able to read music.
Thursdays at 2:00 PM
1 hour weekly, 10 sessions
Tuesdays at 10:30am
1 hour weekly, 10 sessions
Mondays at 1:00pm
Fee: Free for members/$55 non-member
Musicians of all levels get together and enjoy playing multi-part music on an instrument that is easy to learn. Those who play compatible instruments or sing are also welcome.
Fridays at 9:30am
1 hour, once a month
Learn new skills in a small group
Mondays at 10 am
Faculty members of the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute are active in the cultural life of the community. They teach in Staten Island schools and colleges and they are performers and conductors for ensembles and orchestras locally and throughout the New York City area.
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Early Childhood Music:
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