Stony Brook Community Music Programs
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.
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.
6th though 12th grade:
The Pre-College Division is aimed at talented young musicians who are looking for exciting, new experiences to enrich their musical training. Students participate in chamber music 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.
Community Chamber Music Workshops
The Community Music Program’s chamber music workshop is designed for adult amateur musicians, providing a place to come together to make music in a supportive and enriching environment. Participants are placed in well-matched ensembles based on level and interest, and meet with a coach for five 90-minute sessions in preparation for an informal concert in the Staller Recital Hall. Two eight-week sessions per academic year; ability to read music is required.