Enrichment is at the core of the Stony Brook University’s Community Music Program, characterized by a commitment to education, accessibility, and community. Our programs are designed for all ages, from children to adults, and offers access to conservatory-level music instruction from one of the nation’s premier collegiate training grounds for musicians. With stellar faculty and resources, the Community Music Program is equipped to broaden your musical skills, showcase your musical growth, and above all, instill a lifelong love for music. For more information, please see below.
Music Basics for Kids
With a focus on fun and exploration, Music Basics for Kids immerses preschoolers in games and exercises for a holistic learning experience. Children will absorb musical basis such as pitch, rhythm, and notation through activities involving movement and singing.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade:
Imagination and creativity underline the Dalcroze method, where children will use expressive movement as a way to listen for and understand musical concepts. This method uses spontaneity, improvisation, and natural movement to help children learn the elements of music in fun and engaging ways.
2nd through 7th grade:
Youth Ensemble (beginning Spring 2018)
A beginning chamber music program for young independent performers.
6th though 12th grade:
Young Artist Program
The Young Artist Program (formally the Pre-College Division) is aimed at talented young musicians who are looking for exciting, new experiences to enrich their musical training. Students can choose to focus on jazz improvisation or classical chamber music and participate in performances and coachings, alongside a rich curriculum of creative and informative offerings. Students can try their hand at composition, delve into the complexities of music theory to better understand the masterworks, and develop their musical ears through aural skills courses. Not only will students emerge as stronger musicians, but they’ll also have a leg-up in college applications.
The all-new Percussion Ensemble at Stony Brook University gives students the chance to work in a conservatory environment with a full array of professional-level instruments. Directed by Dr. Thomas Marceau. Students should be entering 6th grade in Fall 2017 and perform at an intermediate to advanced level. Classes meet every Saturday mornings during the school year.