Young children are naturally creative, self-expressive, and open to learning. Therefore, we believe that it’s critical to give them the opportunity to find their interests and discover their talents as soon as possible. We think that there’s no better way to help facilitate this than by providing a highly nurturing environment and by filling every day with music, dance, art and dramatic play. Our strong music and dance programs along with our recitals (two per year) are some of the things parents like best about us.
We also believe that young children need to be prepared for the world ahead. So we gently guide them in hands-on activities that foster skills like reading, writing, counting, measuring, and discovering science. We also immerse them in Spanish, which at this age, is the optimal time to awaken language receptors in the brain, making it easier to learn other languages later in life.
“We’ve worked to create a very special place,” states owner Melody Stevens. “And, we wanted a school that not only had exceptional teachers, but small class sizes to ensure that all students get individual help and attention.”
“Teaching children how to read & write is not enough,” says director Dylan Glanzer. “Our goal is to teach children how to learn. We want to stimulate their unique, creative ideas and talents by exposing them to a well-rounded program in music, art, drama, dance and academics.”
Furthermore, children need to learn social and personal skills: the classroom environment offers opportunities for applying skills that promote cooperation, negotiation, leadership and teamwork– as well as physical fitness and motor skill development.
Finally, we believe in giving back to our community, and we firmly believe that the arts and academics belong side by side in education. To that end, we have partnered with the NYC-based charity “Education Through Music”. (This organization provides music education in NYC inner-city schools in need. www.etmonline.org) For every student that registers with us, a child in an under-served public school receives music education as a core subject.