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Neighborhood Music School - 2012 Events
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Saturday, March 17 -11:00 a.m.
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Neighborhood Music School announces the return of its popular Children’s Concert with the spirited sounds of Music by Zev on Saturday, March 17 -11:00 a.m. at 100 Audubon Street in New Haven. Tickets are $5 per person (all ages). Proceeds will benefit the Preschool at Neighborhood Music School. Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance by calling 203-624-5189 x33.
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Zev’s original music for children draws from a variety of cultures and traditions to create songs about everyday childhood: family, fantasy, silliness and whimsy. His upbeat rhythms and creative lyrics get everybody dancing, jumping, and moving. Both children and adults love his fun and eclectic style of music which incorporates a variety of instruments such as the banjo, guitar, piano, berimbau and didgeridoo. Little ones can make animal sounds, or act out a story, such as “A Dog Who Went Bananas.” Bigger kids will dance and shout to ska music, while learning about this Jamaican style. Through funny stories and audience participation, Zev offers multiple ways for kids of all ages to connect, enjoy and learn.
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Register for Spring classes!
We have new classes in music, dance & drama, plus early childhood classes in three locations. Register now!
Classes with a Parent or Other Adult
Suzuki Early Childhood NEW!
Ages 0-3 years. This class is designed with activities that promote reading readiness/ comprehension, early math skills, language acquisition and social skills. It provides all preschool skills needed for a successful kindergarten experience. A wonderful class for home-schooled families and a perfect partner class for the Montessori student.
Making Music I
Ages 6-14 months. This class focuses on fine motor skills such as clapping and patting is developed through songs and early rhymes. Music is explored through fundamental motor skills, such as bouncing, kicking, crawling and, later, walking. Shakers, drums, wood blocks and triangles introduce early instrument playing. Parents or caretakers participate with their child.
Making Music II
Ages 15-24 months. Action-packed and full of early gross motor developmental skills! These new “walkers” and “movers” explore music through much movement. Walking, running, tip-toeing and jumping are practiced during class with an emphasis on beat keeping. Continued instrument exploration is fostered and new musical games and songs are introduced that cater to babies’ early language development. Parents or caretakers participate with their child.
Making Music III
Ages 25-36 months. A rich, language-based curriculum that is designed to foster early dramatic and imaginative play. New gross motor skills are explored, such as galloping and group circle dances. Early note reading and instrument orchestrations are developed. Musical phrasing and form are introduced. Parents or caretakers participate with their child.
Rhythmic Movement
Ages 2½ - 3½. As these toddlers and early preschoolers continue to grow, so does their repetoire. Children march, bounce, shake and play using props such as scarves, hoops and ribbons. A variety of rhythmic instruments are introduced to teach basics such as dynamics and tempo. Attire: non-restrictive clothing.
Teddy Bear Rhythms
Only offered at Guilford. Teddy Bear Rhythms is designed as a pre-Suzuki approach. It teaches very young children with small positive steps, as they would learn their native language, through listening, repetition and imitation.
Level 1: Ages 6 months - 2 yrs. Teddy Bear Rhythms foundation class takes the child from the “babble stage” to develop basic musical skills. The goal in this class is to help young people feel comfortable in a group activity and confident of their bodies as they discover the joy of singing and moving to music.
Level 2: Ages 2-4 years. This class expands the child’s basic musical skills. More challenging melodies, rhythmic patterns and movements are taught. Harmony is introduced with echo games and rounds. Combining a two-year age span, this class provides a wonderful opportunity for siblings to participate together with a parent.
Classes without a Parent
Making Music for 3 Year Olds
A world of dramatic and imaginative play is the common thread throughout these preschool-aged classes. Pitch, rhythm and beat keeping are further expanded through stories, games and instrument play. Also, a focus on gross motor skills with new movements, such as skipping, leaping, and hopping.
Making Music for 4 Year Olds
At age four, note reading, staff exploration, beat keeping, pitch awareness and phrasing are all further expanded throughout the duration of the school year. These older preschoolers continue to develop their musical skills through many movement-orientated activities. It is an action-packed class designed to teach musical concepts through much movement.
Rhythmic Movement II
Ages 3 1/2-4 1/2.
The Rhythmic Movement II curriculum offers a wider variety of rhythmic instruments and props, more singing and a stronger focus on musical concepts. This class serves as both a pre-instrumental and pre-dance experience. Attire: non-restrictive clothing and bare feet.
Geraldine Parent, Early Childhood Program head; 203-624-5189 x 18 or
The Neighborhood Music School facilities are handicpped accessible. Parents of special needs children should contact the school regarding special needs programs and accomodations. 
Neighborhood Music School strives to provide the highest quality instruction in music and dance and to make it accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds, economic means and levels of ability.
Neighborhood Music School believes in:
  • The intrinsic value of the arts: for individual development, social engagement and community well-being
  • The value of life-long learning and the vastness of human potential
  • Excellence in instruction and service
  • The vital role of our community of teaching artists
  • Commitment to student and family satisfaction
  • Providing a welcoming and stimulating experience
  • Integrity, respect and active appreciation in all interactions
New Haven (Main Branch)
100 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510
NMS is located in New Haven’s Audubon Arts District on scenic Audubon Street, a well lighted, one-way street off of Whitney Avenue, three blocks north of the New Haven Green and only a five minute walk from the Yale Campus. Reduced rate parking is available for NMS student families at the Audubon Court Parking Garage just beyond NMS on Audubon Street. Users may validate their parking ticket at the NMS reception desk to qualify for a discount. Metered, voucher and/or coin street parking is also available throughout the neighborhood.
Additional Locations
Programming is offered at two locations in Guilford:
1.  Individual Instruction takes place at the First Congregational Church (on the Green) - Education Building, 110 Broad Street, Guilford, CT 06437
For information, contact Laura Melillo, Guilford Music Coordinator, tel. 203-453-0104 or
Hours: September - June: Monday - Friday, 2:00 - 8:00 pm
Late-June - August: Tuesday - Wednesday, 2:00 - 8:00 pm
2.  Early Childhood programming takes place at the
Nathanael B. Green Community Center, 32 Church Street (Rt 77), Guilford, CT 06437
Note: NMS does not maintain staff or office hours at the Community Center. Faculty are present for regularly scheduled Early Childhood class times only. For information, contact Gerry Parent, Early Childhood Program Head, 203-624-5189 ext. 18 or
Woodbridge JCC
360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525  Phone: 203-387-2522
Private lessons on piano and violin are offered at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge. Days of instruction follow the JCC after-school program calendar. Registration for lessons is administered by NMS by checking the JCC location on the registration form. You will be contacted by the Placement Manager about available times and lesson rates.
For questions, please contact Chris Radawiec, Placement Manager, or 203-624-5189, x 32.
Hamden/North Haven
Hamden/North Haven YMCA
1605 Sherman Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514  Phone: 203-248-6361
Early Childhood music and movement classes are now offered by NMS staff at the Hamden/North Haven YMCA. Registration for classes is administered by NMS by checking the Hamden/North Haven location on the registration form. For information about Early Childhood offerings at the YMCA location, please contact Gerry Parent, Early Childhood Program Head at or 203-624-5189, x 18.
New Haven (Main Branch)
100 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510  Phone: 203-624-5189
For general inquiries contact

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