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New! Music and Movement for Kids

Lighthouse International is piloting 3 levels of music and movement for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 18 months to four years, fully sighted or visually impaired.

Music Play Program

Music Play is a program for toddlers and preschoolers where children learn music and different concepts through movement and play. Children are exposed to a variety of musical styles with classes consisting of a minimum of seven and a maximum of 15 children. Specially trained teachers play and sing live music during the class. Our goal is for children to learn and enjoy music making while having fun.

• Music Play 1 (Ages 18 months to 26 months)

• Music Play 2 (Ages 26 months to three years old)

• Music Play 3 (Ages three and four years old)

Your cost: $560 for 16 weeks (one 45-minute class per week)

Course day: To be arranged — beginning week of September 10, 2012 in the Fall and week of January 7, 2013 in the Spring

Comprehensive Music Program for Young People (CMPYP)

We offer several classes as part of this innovative program: solfège/theory/braille music, computer sequencing, percussion, music appreciation, instrumental ensemble and youth chorus. Classes are 45 minutes in length and are presented as a day-long offering on Saturdays throughout the academic year, in addition to a summer session.

We strive to customize the experience for each student based on interests, needs, abilities and age. Every student will receive three music classes as part of the CMPYP curriculum. Additional music classes will incur an additional fee.

Prerequisite: ages 7 – 18

What you will learn: General Music • Basic musical skills that help establish a strong foundation for advanced musicianship

• To practice basic musical skills, such as how to sing in tune and how
to develop a sense of rhythm and meter using various creative activities

Solfège/Theory/Braille Music Class

• To develop musical literacy using solfège syllables

• To notate music in staff or braille format

• To understand basic theory concepts, including intervals, scales and chords

• To practically apply theory concepts to the keyboard or guitar

Percussion Class

• Basic rhythmic development using call and response technique

• Exposure to African, Latin and Caribbean percussion instruments, styles and rhythm
• To gain valuable ensemble experience and social integration skills

Computer Sequencing

• Introduction to computer music software using assistive speech or print technology

• To record on multiple tracks, edit and arrange music using the latest music technology

Youth Chorus

• To sing and blend in unison
• To explore two-part singing
• To discover music of other cultures

Instrumental Ensemble

• The fundamentals of wind, percussion or keyboard playing
• To play together in an ensemble setting
• To experience music from diverse cultures and styles

National Dance Institute (NDI) Program

The Music School proudly partners with NDI for Saturday dance classes; the cost is included in the CMPYP tuition. Students are encouraged to participate in this wonderful offering, which has two class sections — 10:30 am and 11:15 am — divided according to age and/or ability. This exhilarating and popular program culminates in public performances at the end of the year both at the school and in selected offsite venues.

CMPYP Music Enrichment Program

• There will be regularly scheduled recitals at the end of each semester for individual lessons and for ensembles.

• Visiting Guest artists in a variety of musical genres are invited to perform during common hours. A sampling of recent guests include a touring experimental music duo, an ethnomusicological African-American lecture demonstration, and a contemporary mixed-media quartet.

• Cultural enrichment field trips will be taken to concerts, museums and musical events in the city two times per semester. Recent trips have included attending a production of a Broadway musical, courtesy of Theatre Development Fund’s Theatre Accessibility Programs, participating in a customized tour and workshop at the Museum of Arts and Design,
and attending the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts.

Faculty: Directors Dalia Sakas and Lisa Johnson; Faculty Jennifer Apsel, Svetlana Avezbakiyeva, Katharine Flanders, Juan Pablo Horcasitas, Yo Kano, Owen Stewart-Robertson, Marc Wagnon

Program day: Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm (varies per individual) Your cost: see “Fees and Payments”

Individual Lessons

Instruction is available in piano, voice, guitar, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, drums, vibraphone and percussion. Registration is contingent upon lesson and instructor availability. You will be notified if we cannot meet your lesson requests.

Approval of multiple individual lessons will be based on instructor availability and determined by our Executive Director.

What you will learn:

• Beginning to advanced levels of skill on the various instruments or voice

• To present oneself in public performances

Please note: performance opportunities are available through public events and student recitals

Your cost: $336/16 weeks/45 minutes

Recommendation: To maximize your learning experience, we strongly suggest that you bring a digital recording device to record your lessons, classes and rehearsals. For device suggestions or for further questions, please call the Music School
at (212) 821-9660.

The Healthy Use of Your Voice

Designed to promote excellent vocal health for those who wish to improve their speaking voice and/or avoid vocal disorders, such as hoarseness and fatigue. This class is also helpful for actors, school teachers and anyone whose career encompasses public speaking, customer service and voice projection.

What you will learn:

• How to maintain a healthy voice

• How to sustain a clear and commanding voice

• How to develop resonance and quality in your voice

Faculty: Charlotte Surkin

Course day: available on a full or partial semester basis (16, 8 or 6 weeks);
individual sessions — time and day to be arranged

Your cost: $336 for full semester; $195 for 8 weeks; $168 for 6 weeks

Please note: scholarships apply only to the full semester course

Basic Musicianship

Prerequisite: none

What you will learn:

• To develop an understanding of the basic fundamentals of music: pitch and the organization of pitch (intervals, keys, scales and triads); rhythm and meter (note values); and other variables such as dynamics, tempo and phrasing

• To develop aural recognition and the ability to sing intervals, major/minor scales, triads and simple harmonic progressions, as well as various rhythms within different meters and tempi

Faculty: Svetlana Avezbakiyeva, Chris Petz

Course day: to be arranged

Your cost: $237/16 weeks/45 minutes

Piano Classes: Introductory, Beginner and Intermediate Levels

Prerequisite: admission by placement audition, which must be arranged prior to registration

What you will learn:

• Keyboard layout

• Basic skills of keyboard playing

• Music reading

• Theory

Faculty: Dalia Sakas, Svetlana Avezbakiyeva

Course day: Wednesday or Friday, class time arranged by placement level

Your cost: $237/16 weeks/45 minutes

Braille Music: Pathway to Independent Learning and Performing

Prerequisite: knowledge of grade 1 braille

What you will learn:

• To read music through the understanding of Braille symbols

The recommended course of study is four progressive semesters as outlined below. Progress through the Braille Music course study depends on your previous musical experience.

Introduction to Braille Music Notation:

• Rudiments of music and introductory ear training
• Basics rhythmic values: eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, and whole notes
• Basic sight-singing and ear-training addressed concurrently for the development of music skills and application to Braille Music notation skills.

Braille Music Notation/Theory I:

• Symbols for accidentals, time signatures, key signatures, and octave marks

• Rules of using octave marks, dotted notes and note duration

Braille Music Notation/Theory II:

• Symbols for finger marks, hand signs, intervals, smaller note values and their groupings, and repeat signs

Braille Music Notation/Theory III:

• Symbols for ties, slurs, in-accord, measure divisions, expression marks, and abbreviations

• Further study will cover compound meter, intervallic doubling, stem signs and ornaments

Faculty: Svetlana Avezbakiyeva

Course day: Friday, 10:45 – 11:30 am or 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Your cost: $237/16 weeks/45 minutes

Assistive Music Technology

Prerequisite: Good computer skills (including keyboarding and screen access software) and basic musicianship

What you will learn:

• To produce large print and/or braille music scores

• To utilize the following software:

• For the PC platform: Sonar, Lime/Lime Aloud, Goodfeel

• For the Mac platform: Pro Tools, Garage Band, Logic, Performer, Finale and Sibelius

Faculty: Yo Kano, John Sanfilippo, Marc Wagnon

Course day: Wednesday – Friday, individual lesson to be arranged

Your cost: $365/16 weeks/60 minutes

MIDI Sequencing

Prerequisites: Good assistive music technology skills, strong knowledge of music theory; and/or permission of the instructor

What you will learn:

• Understanding of MIDI sequencing for composing and arranging

• Orchestration techniques

• Preparation of musical scores for print notation

Please note: because of the intensive technical requirements of this course, it is offered as an individual lesson

Faculty: Marc Wagnon, John Sanfilippo, Yo Kano

Course day: individual lesson to be arranged

Your cost: $365/16 weeks/60 minutes

Basic Audio Recording/Editing

Prerequisites: Good assistive music technology skills, strong knowledge of music theory; and/or permission of the instructor

What you will learn:

• Introduction to digital audio and recording editing

Music Around New York

From Carnegie Hall to the Blue Note

These six-week seminars focus on selected areas of study, and include attending a concert at one of New York City’s performance venues.

Prerequisite: none

What you will learn:

• Diverse musical styles from a variety of composers and performers

Faculty: Juan Pablo Horcasitas

Course day: to be arranged

Your cost: $120/6 weeks/60 minutes
(scholarships are not available for this seminar)

Performance Ensembles

Please note: If you are enrolled in private lessons, one performance ensemble fee will be waived.

Jazz Ensemble

photo of performers

Prerequisites: admission by audition and good technical control of your instrument

What you will learn:

• Standards from the swing era to contemporary jazz

• How to jam with other musicians in a non-competitive atmosphere

• To perform in public venues

Faculty: Marc Wagnon, Gerald Gewiss

Rock Band Workshop

Prerequisites: determined by the instructor at time of enrollment

What you will learn:

• Ability to play with other musicians

• Rhythm section concepts: dynamics, groove, tempo, repertoire

• Basic arranging for performance

Faculty: Chris Petz

Course day: Thursday, 6–8 pm

Your cost: $75/16 weeks/2 hours

Contemporary Pop/Rock Ensemble — “Jam 59”

Prerequisites: good technical control of your instrument, admission by audition only

What you will learn:

• Ability to learn contemporary repertoire quickly

• Vocal harmony and individual part playing in a group setting

• Working with others in a professional environment

• A minimum of one concert annually

Faculty: Chris Petz

Course day: Tuesday, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Your cost: $75/16 weeks/2 hours

The Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble

Prerequisites: admission by audition only and the ability to learn music quickly and independently

What you will learn:

• A more difficult and wide-ranging repertoire, including a capella works

• A minimum of three performances annually

Faculty: Dalia Sakas, Leslie Jones Course day: Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:30 pm Your cost: $75/16 weeks/2 hours

Watch for announcement fliers for special events and master classes during the semesters!

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