Instrumental Instruction For Children

14 Sep

Do you have a child between the ages of 5-7 interested in learning to play musical instruments?


We have spaces for 12 children to form a demonstration group for A&HM 5021, “Instrumental Instruction for Children,” a course taught by Professor Lori Custodero.

When: Mondays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm beginning September 30th and ending December 2nd

Where: Horace Mann, Room 435, Teachers College, Columbia University

Children will be introduced to the piano, the guitar, and the recorder through a focused approach involving improvisation, playing familiar tunes, and reading and writing with iconic notation.

Working as both “soloist” and ensemble member, students will have a chance to explore the unique qualities of wind, string, and keyboard instruments while learning general principles of musical performance.

Curriculum will be designed and presented by the students enrolled in the course – TC music students with both musical expertise and a responsive pedagogical style. Listening skills figure prominently in the process.

Parent attendance is an important part of the experience – think of this as preparation for your own family band! It is important for your attendance to be consistent; you and your child will be expected to attend each of the 4 weeks.

Cost: $30 for materials (including a recorder)

*Keyboards and guitars will be available to play during the sessions. Having these instruments at home is not a requirement.

If you are interested please contact Claudia Calì: with the following information:

  1. Parent Name
  2. Child Name and Birthdate
  3. Contact information (email and / or Cell phone)
  4. Does your child have any previous formal musical experience?
  5. Is there anything you would like to tell us about your child?

We will contact you to confirm your spot in the class.


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