Group Piano Lessons in Brooklyn, NY
Small class size
A super fun and creative way
for kids to learn the piano!
By learning to play fun and well-known songs to popular children's books, students develop a meaningful connection to the piano as their "soundtrack" brings the story to life!
Through the use of:
solo and group playing
home practice videos
to play well-known songs in a variety of styles
chords and scales
and so much more!
Piano Storytellers become budding pianists and musical storytellers!
"You have been so conscientious during all of this craziness. But more importantly, you are an amazing teacher. You really take so much care to make sure the kids are playing music that they enjoy, and they are still learning scales and reading. It is remarkable how much S. and P. have learned in such a short time and how much they enjoy music."
— Tony, parent
Piano Storytellers is a four-level program (A - D), and each level takes 1 semester to complete. Students enter the program as a complete beginner, and by the time they leave, have been taught how to:
play all kinds of fun songs like "With a Little Help from My Friends," "Ode to Joy," "See You Again" and many others - with hands playing independently.
read music on a grand staff using intervals and landmark notes
play scales and chords in various keys
AND SO MUCH MORE!!!
Students who transition to private lessons do so with a strong foundation to build upon, the enthusiasm to continue, and the confidence to do so.
Students attend one 40-minute group class (3-4 students) each week. Semester are 17 weeks long. Also included in tuition are weekly, high-quality practice videos that help students practice in between classes!
Group classes for the Spring 2024 semester will be offered IN-PERSON only.
New students start in Level A. Level A classes are currently only offered to children in Kindergarten - 2nd Grade. (Classes for Kindergarteners are offered during the Spring semester only; classes for 2nd graders are offered during the Fall semester only.)
Level A is for new students and introduces foundational theory, technique, and musicality. Students begin to identify notes on the treble clef staff and are introduced to reading music using intervals. Fun games energize the class and promote "playing to learn." Weekly online practice videos act as a one-on-one "practice pal" to help students practice songs at home.
Pre-requisite: Level A
Level B reinforces concepts learned in Level A, with a continued focus on musicality and technique. Students develop more confidence playing hands together, enhance their aural skills, and gain a stronger sense of rhythm. New note values, vocabulary, and scales are introduced. Fun games energize the class and promote "playing to learn." Weekly online practice videos act as a one-on-one "practice pal" to help students practice songs at home.
Pre-requisite: Level B
Level C further develops students' reading skills on the treble clef staff using landmark notes and intervals. Songs require greater hand independency than in prior semesters. New scales, chords, chord progressions, and the building blocks of songwriting are introduced. Fun games energize the class and promote "playing to learn." Weekly online practice videos act as a one-on-one "practice pal" to help students practice songs at home.
Pre-requisite: Level C
Level D continues to develop students' technique and playing ability with a stronger focus on reading on a grand staff. New note values, more challenging rhythms, and bass clef notes are introduced. Students play scales with hands together and develop a deeper understanding of tonality, harmony, and melody. Fun games energize the class and promote "playing to learn." Weekly online practice videos act as a one-on-one "practice pal" to help students practice songs at home.
JANUARY 30 - JUNE 17, 2024
Schedule subject to change.
SPRING 2024 REGISTRATION INFO
NEW STUDENTS (LEVEL A): Registration opens 12/11 at 12PM and continues through 2/5.
CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS: Registration opens 12/4 at 12PM and continues through 2/5. However, it is recommended to register before 12/17, as the schedule will be consolidated as needed after this date, and spots may no longer be available.
SIBLINGS OF CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS (SIBLING ENROLLING IN LEVEL A): Registration opens 12/4 at 12PM and continues through 2/5.
Tuition is $620 and includes:
17 weekly, small group classes (40 minutes / 3 students)
Guided home-practice videos to use in between classes
Teacher has been fully vaccinated
Students must be dropped off at the door; grownups are not allowed to remain on-site
Masks are optional, but may be required at the discretion of the teacher
Students are required to use hand sanitizer upon entry
Pianos and high-touch surface areas are sanitized regularly
Students will remain socially-distanced in the classroom
High-powered HEPA air purifier in the classroom
Classes will move to Zoom should a classroom closure be necessary
Vaccination is not required of Piano Storytellers students. However, if Piano Storytellers is at any point mandated by New York City or New York State to require its In-Person students to be vaccinated for Covid-19, the requirement will be enforced. If at that time a student does not meet that requirement, the student will be withdrawn from the program and a refund or credit will NOT be issued. There is no option to transfer to or attend class via Zoom.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Hello! My name is Jenni Kurosman, and I love teaching piano! I've taught piano for over 15 years and received my Masters in Music Education from Teachers College-Columbia University. I am thrilled to bring Piano Storytellers to Bay Ridge!
Like many of my Piano Storytellers students, I began learning the piano when I was in Kindergarten. However, unlike my students, my training was focused on competing and high-stakes performing. In this respect, I was "successful," winning competitions at the state, regional, and international levels and performing as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight and with the Ft. Meyers Symphony Orchestra at the age of fourteen.
Boy was I burned out by the end of high school! But I loved music - and good stories - so I pursued a Bachelors in Film Scoring, which I received from Berklee College of Music.
Drawing only from the best of my musical experiences and training, I created Piano Storytellers so kids can learn not just to play, but to foster the joy in music making. It is exactly the way I wish I had been introduced to the piano!
Q: Can I register my child if s/he has never taken piano lessons before?
A: Absolutely! The Piano Storytellers program was created for children who have never taken piano lessons before.
Q: Why should my child take group lessons instead of private lessons?
A: So many reasons! Group lessons are an excellent entry point for young children to build foundational skills prior to private instruction because they are: 1) simply more FUN than private lessons! Students learn through various games which are way more fun to play as a group as opposed to one-on-one with a teacher; 2) INSPIRING. Group lessons motivate children to focus and do their best as they work toward a common goal together as an ensemble - a team - during group play; 3) more AFFORDABLE than private lessons; 4) a SOCIAL and COMMUNITY-BUILDING experience.
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