Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute

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Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute

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.

For more information on our programs, contact Ela Seeley at eseeley@sijcc.com or 718.475.5263

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Private lessons may be 30, 45 or 60 minutes.  Enrollment is for 30 weekly lessons from September through May/June. Special provisions are made for late registrants. Lessons are offered at two locations: the Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC and Avis/South Shore JCC. 

Private lessons are available in:

  • Bassoon
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • French horn
  • Guitar
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Recorder
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Voice

A unique parent/child musical program that focuses on the development of the whole child while stressing keyboard readiness. Each group course is designed specifically for the age group, reinforcing and building on their skills as they progress through the curriculum. Parent or caregiver must actively accompany the child in class. Book and CD are included for all classes. A free demonstration classes will be held one week prior to the starting date.

Check out a video from our classes here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2272230362864709

  • Music in Me – 3.5-4.5 years

Fee: $245 member/$290 non-member

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

Bernikow JCC

  • Harmony Road – 4.5-6 years

Fee: $290 member/$340 non-member

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

Bernikow JCC

  • The Young Musician – 6-7 years

Fee: $290 member/$340 non-member

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

Bernikow JCC

  • Music Together of Staten Island @ the JCC – birth-5 years

Fee: $205 member/$215 non-member

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 10am and/or Sundays at 10:45am

Bernikow JCC

  • Therapeutic Music Experiences – 3-5 years

Fee: $225 member/$280 non-member

10 weeks

Enjoy music making with a certified Music Therapist able to engage children with emotional and cognitive needs. Parent participation required.

Mondays 2:30-3:30pm

Bernikow JCC, Ensemble room #1

  • Hava Nagila: Hebrew Through Music – 4-5 yearsFee: $105 member/$160 non-member10 sessionsLearn Hebrew through songs and rhymesWednesdays at 4:45pmBernikow JCC/ECE wing
  • Music, Art & Movement – 4-5 yearsFee: $105 member/$160 non-member1 hour, 10 weeksDiscover 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 PMAvis/South Shore JCC      Mondays at 3:30 PM
  • Introduction to Musical Theater – 7-12 yearsFee: $225 member/$280 non-member10 sessions, 1 hourIf 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 4:45pmBernikow JCC
  • Musicianship /Theory Classes

These classes provide enrichment through instruction in theory, ear training, musical forms, music history and general music appreciation.  Participation is highly recommended.  This class is included with private lesson tuition.  For those not enrolled in Music Institute private lessons, a special arrangement may be made and a fee will apply.

Date and time TBA

Bernikow JCC

  • Individual Therapeutic Music Lessons

Ages 4-18

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

1 hour

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.

Mondays 7:15pm

Bernikow JCC

  • Digital Songwriting Workshops – 9-18 years

Fee: $120 member/$180 non-member

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

Bernikow JCC

  • Ukulele Ensemble – 9-12 years

Fee: $105 member/$160 non-member

1 hour

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

1 hour

Fridays at 4pm

Bernikow JCC

  • Adult Chamber Group

Fee: $350 member/$380 non-member

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

Bernikow JCC

  • Group Piano

Fee: $160 member/$210 non-member

1 hour weekly, 10 sessions

Tuesdays at 10:30am

Bernikow JCC

  • Group Guitar

Fee: $160 member/$210 non-member

1 hour weekly, 10 sessions

Mondays at 1:00pm

Bernikow JCC

  • Recorder Ensemble

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

Bernikow JCC

  • Bossa Nova, Blues, and Jazz Workshops

Fee: $20 member/$30 non-member

1 hour, once a month

Learn new skills in a small group

Mondays at 10 am

Bernikow JCC

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.

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

Scheduled Lessons and Classes – Students must make every effort to be on time for all classes and lessons. In deference to subsequent students and classes, all lessons/classes will end at the scheduled time. Absence – All lessons must be paid for whether taken or missed. There is no refund of tuition for the student’s absence nor are the teachers obligated to make up a lesson missed by student. Lessons cancelled due to faculty absence or building closure due to poor weather conditions will be rescheduled. Withdrawals and Refund – Written notice of withdrawal must be submitted to the Director of the Music Institute before any student will be considered for a refund. The date on which the written withdrawal notice is postmarked, not the last day of attendance, is considered as the official date of withdrawal. Tuition refunds will be considered based on number of lessons given up to the date of official withdrawal including student absences. No refunds are given after the fifth lesson; however, a JCC credit will be considered. Scholarship students will forfeit scholarship money if they discontinue lessons for any reason during the year. A $25 administration fee will be charged for any withdrawal, refund or credit.

  • PARENTAL RESPONSIBIlITY

Parents must accept responsibility for their children when they are not in class to insure their child’s safety. Children should not be left unattended before or after the assigned lesson time. Parents are asked to assist in assuring that siblings do not disturb the lessons and classes while waiting.

  • RECITALS

These are held monthly throughout the program year. Student participation is determined by the teacher. Students and guests are expected to stay for the entire recital and maintain appropriate behavior for the duration. Excessive or loud talking, walking around, or leaving the room while another student is performing is disrespectful and strictly prohibited. An intermission will be scheduled for any recital expected to last longer than 75 minutes.

  • DISCONTINUANCE

The Music Institute reserves the right to discontinue any student who falls behind in payments, is frequently absent or tardy, or for other reasons at the discretion of the Director.

  • STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Music instruction may be arranged, through consultation with the Director, for the child or adult with special needs. PHOTOGRAPHS &

  • VIDEO

Photographs and videos of music students are often taken during lessons or recitals to be used for publicity purposes (flyers, bulletins, ads).

Help bring music into someones life

  • Friends of the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute

The Music Institute has a long tradition of offering fine faculty performances to the public. An annual contribution of $36 helps ensure that these performances will continue. To become a Friend, contact the Music Institute or send your contribution to the JCC, Attention: Ela. 12MU301

  • The Scholarship Program

A substantial scholarship program enables many students to receive financial help towards their musical studies at the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute. The Foundation for the Music Institute was established in 1978 to insure the continuity of this program. Auditions for scholarships are held in late spring and during the summer.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of musical experience, ability and financial need. Students who are entering grades 6 through 12, and who have had some previous training on their instrument, are eligible to audition for a scholarship. Younger students of exceptional ability, with some previous training and a teacher recommendation, are also eligible.

  • Foundation for the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute

The mission of the Foundation for the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute is to provide funds for essential music school expenses that tuition income does not cover, enabling the school to maintain high standards of community service. The primary function of the Foundation is to finance scholarships for talented and needy schoolchildren. Funds may also be allocated for special programs for music students, music faculty and music administrators and for the repairs or purchase of instruments, equipment and other instructional materials.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Music Institute Foundation please make your check to: The Foundation for the Music Institute of the JCC. Mail it to: Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC, 1466 Manor Rd., Staten Island, NY 10314, Attn: Ela Seeley

You may also contribute to or fund a specific scholarship in memory of someone  or establish a scholarship in someone’s honor. Please call Ela Seeley, 718.475.5263.

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.

Piano:

Tatyana Cherepinskaya

Yelena Khaymovich

Stella Rasporskaya

Aleksandra Sarest

Bo Wun Jeon

Guitar:

Fred Crisson

Robert Tarallo

Strings

Larissa Vollis

Woodwinds:

Nicole Auriti

Daniel Kelley

Jessica Sperato

Brass:

Alan Aurelia

Carolyn Clark

Voice:

Therese Panicali

Early Childhood Music:

Kelly Grant

Lisa Forst

Theory, Music Appreciation:

Yelena Khaymovich

Chamber Music:

Larisa Vollis

Percussion:

Thomas Baker

BERNIKOW/MID-ISLAND

1466 Manor Road
718.475.5200

AVIS/SOUTH SHORE

1297 Arthur Kill Road
718.475.5270

ABERLIN/NORTH SHORE

485 Victory Blvd
718.475.5290

Select JCC facilities are available to all organizations, groups and individuals for life cycle events, meetings and celebrations. Call 718.475.5261 for information.

For Membership Inquiries Please Contact:
Membership Services 718.475.5223 

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