Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute

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Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute

The Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute has been a powerful stimulus to music on Staten Island since its inception. Current and former faculty members and students 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.

Elzbieta Seeley, Director of the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute, 718.475.5263 eseeley@sijcc.com

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PARENT/CHILD MUSIC CLASSES AT BERNIKOW JCC

  • Harmony Road
    It is a unique parent/child musical program that focuses on the development of the whole child while stressing keyboard readiness. Each group course is designated 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 the class. Book and CD included for all classes.
    Free demonstration classes will be held one week prior to class starts throughout the year.
  • Music in Me Ages 3-4
    45 minutes 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 4pm Fee:$245M/$290NM
  • Harmony Road Ages 4.5-6
    55 minutes 15 weeks
    Children learn the basic building blocks of music. Emphasis on ear training, solfege singing, keyboard playing, ensemble and rhythm activities, movement and musical creativity. Reading concepts are presented 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 5pm
    Fee: $290M/$340NM
  • The Young Musician Ages 6-7
    55 minutes 15 weeks
    This introduces beginning students to keyboard performance and note reading in a holistic program, including the organized development of pitch, rhythm, solfege singing, keyboard, and movement activities. Parent involvement in class and at home.
    Tuesdays 6pm
    Fee: $290M/$340NM 18
  • Hebrew Through Music Ages 4-5
    1 hour weekly.10 sessions
    Learn Hebrew while singing and interacting with other students.
    Limited to 10 students
  • Music Together of Staten Island @ the JCC Ages birth – 5
    45 minutes 9 sessions
    Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners,
    and adults who love them. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence, provided that their early environment supports such learning. Book and CD included. Free demonstration classes will be held the week
    prior to the program start. Tuesdays, 9:45am or 10:45am or Sundays, 9:45am or 10:45am
    Fee: $280M/$325NM
  • Music, Art, and Movement Ages 4-5
    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 Thursdays, 3:30pm
    Avis/South Shore Mondays, 3:30pm
    Fee: $100M/$150NM

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  • Individual Therapeutic Music Lessons
    Ages 4-18
    10 session packages available
    Work one on one with a certified music therapist able to engage students with unique interest and abilities.
    Fee: 1/2 hr $280M/$460NM • 1 hr $560M/$600NM
  • Musicianship/Theory Classes
    These classes provide enrichment through instruction in theory, ear training, musical forms, music history and general music appreciation. Students will be assigned to an appropriate class. 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
  • Introduction to Musical Theater Ages 7-12
    1 hour 10 sessions
    If you love to sing songs from 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.
    Wednesdays 4pm
    Fee: $225M/$280NM
  • Digital Songwriting Workshops
    Ages 9-18
    10 weekly sessions
    Using technology to create original compositions is the cornerstone of these sessions. With applications found on 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 4:30-5:30pm
  • Chamber Ensemble for Youth Ages 8-18
    10 sessions 90 minutes
    Take the next step and expand repertoire while playing in an intimate group. Advance skills to include balance, phrasing and intonation. Chamber music offers players the perfect balance between solo and orchestral performing. FREE for current
    Music Institute students. Others may participate.
    Mondays 7:30pm
    Fee: $100M/$150NM
  • Advanced Jazz Studies Ages 13-18
    2 hours, 15 sessions
    The participants will have the opportunity to study with a world-renowned musician Mark Sherman, play as a group, learn new music, and meet fellow musicians from across the island. Ensembles will meet weekly for 2 hours. In addition, students will study theory, listen to famous jazz artists and receive a private lesson on their instrument. The class is open to all enthusiastic Staten Island musicians with prior experience on their instruments. Auditions by appointment only. Scholarship opportunities!
    Sundays, 10am-2pm
  • Intergenerational Jazz Ensemble
    Ages mixed, youth-adult
    2 hours, 15 sessions
    Participants will be a member of a small group, learn new music, and meet fellow musicians from across the island. Ensembles meet weekly. The class is open to all enthusiastic Staten Island musicians with prior experience on their instruments.
    Fee: FREE

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  • Adult Chamber Group
    90 minutes 15 weeks
    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, 2pm
    Fee: $330M/$360NM
  • Group Piano
    1 hour 10 sessions
    Tuesdays 1pm
    Fee: $100M/$150NM
  • Group Guitar
    1 hour 10 sessions
    Mondays 1:30pm
    Fee: $100M/$150NM
  • Recorder Ensemble
    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 welcomed.
    Bernikow JCC, Fridays, 9:30am
    Free for JCC members/ $50 non-members

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30, 45 or 60 minutes

Enrollment is for 30 weekly lessons from October through June. A special provision is made for late registrants. Lessons are offered at both the Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC and Avis/South Shore JCC.

Private lessons are available in:
• Piano • Guitar • Violin • Cello • Voice • Flute • Oboe
• Saxophone • Trumpet • Recorder • Clarinet
• French horn • Trombone • Tuba • Drums

  • Musicianship-Theory Classes

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

  • Student-Faculty Recitals

Student-Faculty recitals are held monthly, free of charge. Piano accompaniments are provided by faculty members. In addition to student presentations, Music Institute faculty will be featured. Students improve performance skills, learn concert decorum and more. All students are urged to perform in at least one recital during the school year. Students receiving scholarships are required to participate
in at least one recital. Recital dates and time TBA.

  • Examination Preparation

The Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute offers preparation for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and New York State School Music Association exams.

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Mon 17

Chamber Ensemble for Youth

December 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue 18

Music In Me

December 18 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Tue 18

Harmony Road

December 18 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Fri 21

Recorder Ensemble for Adults

December 21 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

ABOUT US

  • History

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.

  • Mission

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.

  • General Information

The Music Institute is a non-profit and non-sectarian music school. It is the only member school of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts on Staten Island. As a Guild School, the Music Institute provides high quality instruction at affordable rates to all who seek it, regardless of age, income or ethnic origin. Programs of instruction are available for students of all ages, from early childhood to adult, and at every level, from beginner to advanced. The faculty is composed of highly qualified professional musicians with extensive teaching and performing experience. They attain fine results with students in a non-competitive environment. Music Institute students learn in an atmosphere conducive to personal and musical growth. While students gain intensive training on their chosen instrument in individual lessons, they can supplement this training with classes in musicianship and theory, and ensemble playing. 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 & POLICIES

  • 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.

Music Faculty

  • Piano: Tatyana Cherepinskaya, Bo Wun Jeon, Yelena Khaymovich, Elona Migirov
    Stella Rasporskaya, Aleksandra Sarest
  • Guitar: Timothy Adorno, Fred Crisson, Robert Tarallo
  • Strings: Larisa Vollis
  • Woodwinds: Larry Bustamante, Daniel Kelley
  • Brass: Alan Aurelia, Carolyn Clark
  • Voice: Lisa Forst, Therese Panicali
  • Early Childhood Music: Kelly Grant, Lisa Forst
  • Theory, Music Appreciation: Yelena Khaymovich, Elona Migirov
  • Chamber Music: Larisa Vollis
  • Percussion: Thomas Baker

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