Stony Brook Community Music Programs


Music Basics for Kids

In the Music Basics for Kids class, pre-schoolers learn the basics of pitch, rhythm and notation through games and exercises involving singing and physical movement. By developing their musicianship at an early age, students will be a better position to begin their formal musical study with deeper understanding and skill. Taught by Dorothea Cook, certified and licensed Dalcroze instructor.


The curriculum of the Music Basics for Kids class is based on the philosophies of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, a Swiss composer and music pedagogue. At the heart of Dalcroze work is the belief that students need to experience music physically before they wrestle with symbols and theoretical abstraction. Originally developed for advanced students at the Geneva Conservatory, Eurhythmics is now taught at music schools and conservatories all over the world to musicians of all ages. Many Stony Brook music faculty have enrolled their own children in this program, considering it the ideal foundation for musical study.

For further information, see the following links:Émile_Jaques-Dalcroze

4 years old by September 1, 2016



Tuition covers instruction and materials for all 28 classes.  There are no additional fees.

Tuition is due in full by December 1, 2016.  Need-based financial aid is available to eligible families.


Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:15 AM,  Music Building Room 0113




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