PIANO STORYTELLERS

Group Piano Lessons in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

A super fun and creative way

for kids to learn the piano!

By learning to play a musical score to popular children's books, students develop a meaningful connection to the piano as their music brings the story to life!

 

Through the use of:

  • games

  • solo and group playing

  • active listening

  • home practice videos

Children are introduced to:

  • proper technique

  • note reading

  • practice strategies

  • a variety of styles

  • theory

  • chords and scales

  • vocabulary

  • and so much more!

Group classes are 40 minutes long, held weekly, and are small - only 3 or 4 students.

Piano Storytellers become budding pianists and musical storytellers!

FALL 2019 semester

Fall semester dates:  

September 8 - February 2

 

There will be no classes on:

  • September 29 - October 1

  • October 9

  • October 13 - 14

  • October 31

  • November 26 - 30

  • December 19 - January 4

  • January 19 - 25

SPRING 2020 semester

Spring semester dates: February 6 - June 21

PROGRAM INFO

The program consists of 4 levels (A - D), and each level takes 1 semester (spring or fall) to complete. Registration is held on a semester-by-semester basis, so students do not need to commit to more than one semester at a time.

New students must start in Level A. Level A classes are currently only offered to children in Kindergarten - 2nd Grade. Please note Level A Kindergarten classes are only offered in the spring.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Hello! My name is Jenni Kurosman, and I love teaching piano! I've taught piano for over 10 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!

WHAT PARENTS & STUDENTS SAY

I want to say thank you for a great semester. Luke learned so much and was always excited to do his homework and practice the songs. I'm really proud of him and his buddies. You prepared them well and their performance was really nice. You are an amazing pianist and we can't wait for the next semester!” 

 

—  Camila, parent

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FALL 2019 CLASS SCHEDULE BY LEVEL &
DESCRIPTIONS

Schedule subject to change.

Level A

Pre-requisite: none

Level A is for new students and introduces foundational theory, technique, musicality, and solo and ensemble playing. 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. During the last class of the semester, students perform for their families in the classroom in a fun and low-stress setting, followed by treats to celebrate their hard work!

Level A: KINDERGARTEN

Classes for Kindergarteners are offered during the spring semester only.

Level A: 1st GRADE

MONDAYS

2:45-3:25 (class full) 

TUESDAYS

3:30-4:10 (class full) 

4:20-5:00 (class full) 

5:05-5:45 (class full)

Class full? Get on the waitlist!

Level A: 2nd GRADE

MONDAYS

3:30-4:10

Class full? Get on the waitlist!

Level B

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 in an ensemble, which enhances their aural skills and 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. During the last class of the semester, students perform for their families in the classroom in a fun and low-stress setting, followed by treats to celebrate their hard work!

Level B: 1st GRADE

TUESDAYS

2:45-3:25 (class full)

WEDNESDAYS

2:45-3:25 (class full)

3:30-4:10 (class full)

Level B: 2nd GRADE

WEDNESDAYS

5:05-5:45 (class full)

Level C

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 and chords 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. During the last class of the semester, students perform for their families in the classroom in a fun and low-stress setting, followed by treats to celebrate their hard work!

Level C: 1st GRADE

SUNDAYS

1:40-2:20 (class full)

Level D

Pre-requisite: Level C

Level D continues to develop students' technique and playing ability with a stronger focus on reading. New note values, more challenging rhythms, and bass clef notes are introduced. Students develop a deeper understanding of tonality, harmony, and melody to write their own compositions. 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. During the last class of the semester, students perform for their families in the classroom in a fun and low-stress setting, followed by treats to celebrate their hard work!

Level D

SUNDAYS

2:30-3:10 (class full)

3:20-4:00 (class full)

4:10-4:50 (class full)

5:00-5:40 (class full)

FALL 2019 CLASS SCHEDULE BY DAY

Schedule subject to change.

REGISTRATION INFO

Registration is held online here

 

Current Students: Fall 2019 registration opens May 28 for students who want to keep the same day/time. For students who want to switch to a different day/time, registration opens June 4.

New Students: Fall 2019 registration opens June 10.

All Students: Fall 2019 registration ends September 21.

If a class is full, you can join the waitlist here.

Additional Level A classes may be offered on Mondays should current sections fill. Please join the Mailing List to receive notification of new class offerings or email info@pianostorytellers.com to inquire.

TUITION

Tuition per semester (17 classes):  $610

 

Includes lesson book, materials, access to practice videos, and an in-class "piano storytelling" performance party during the last class of the semester.

FAQS

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: Can I register for just one semester?

A:  Yes - registration is on a semester-by-semester basis, so you only need to commit to one semester at a time. However, do keep in mind the program consists of 4 levels, and each level takes 1 semester (spring or fall) to complete. Each semester builds upon what was learned in previous semesters, and the curriculum was specifically designed to give children the opportunity to master beginner skills and be well-situated to begin private instruction.  

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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