9 Tips on Handeling Preschool Separation with Your Kids

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It’s a process, for both children and adults. I sat in the lobby of my daughter’s preschool for two months, just in case she might need me, in case she came out looking for me. The director of the school finally came to me one day and said gently, “You know, I think she’s fine.” She was fine – I was the one with the separation issue.

Everyone’s situation is unique. Some parents need to drop their children off and run to work. Others have caregivers that can hang around until the child seems comfortable. Others still may want to sit in the lobby for a while, like I did with my daughter. Every situation is workable, and it’s important for both children and grown-ups to feel like they own the process to a certain extent. Read more

Five tips for introducing your child to photography

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For as long as cameras have existed children have loved photography. It is a fast and accessible way to create, and the ability to directly abstract the world in which we live is priceless.  These characteristics make it a perfect medium for young artists to express themselves and investigate the world around them.  Parents often ask how to go about introducing their children to the subject and how to help them make better images. Here are a few tips that I implement in my photo classes for kids and that will help yours learn about the art and their camera.

1. Get a camera. Depending on the age of your photographer, camera choice doesn’t matter as much as it will after they have been shooting for a while and start to develop preferences. Younger photographers are more interested in a camera that fits their hands and doesn’t weigh too much, as opposed to the newest and best DSLR. Older photographers can handle the weight of the larger cameras, but as beginners it’s still not necessary to break the bank on an expensive piece of technology. Read more

What is the Dalcroze Method?

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Church Street School’s music classes incorporate The Dalcroze Method, a whole-body music education technique created by a Swiss composer, musician and educator in the early twentieth century. Today Church Street School founder and director, Lisa Ecklund-Flores, describes why the method is an incredible tool for teaching music.

“I know, because I have experienced.”

This famous quote from Emil Jaques-Dalcroze[1] captures perfectly the basis of his method.  It is the student’s physical experience of musical concepts that builds strong musicianship.  “Not just brainwork or fingerwork, but ear, mind and body working together.” These are the fundamental tenets of The Dalcroze method. Read more

NEW! Winter Session classes begin December 9th

ALL AGES

Holiday Special Open Art / Drop In
Jewelry making, sewing, cards, gifts and more
NEW day & time!
MONDAYS, 3:30-5:30 PM $10/ hr. DECEMBER – JANUARY
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2-5 YRS

Sing & Dance with Richard Younger    
Our acclaimed music classes at a NEW day & time!
FRIDAYS, 3:30-4:15 PM
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3-5 YRS

Visual Art
Our acclaimed art classes at a NEW day & time!
TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, 3:30-4:15 PM
To sign up click here for TUES, here for WED, or here for THURS

5-12 YRS

NEW! Improv & Theater
Improvisational play and theater games will nurture creativity while improving confidence and sharing in the social bond of laughter.
WEDNESDAYS
3:30-4:30 PM, 9-12 yrs Click here to sign up
4:30-5:30 PM, 5-8 yrs  Click here to sign up

NEW! Video Production
Learning the basics of video production we will make episodes of “Church Street School T.V” and of course funny outtakes!
TUESDAYS, 4:30-5:30 PM
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NEW! VHF to USB: Contemporary Video Making
Students will create commercials for imaginary products, while using a green screen through the entire production.
WEDNESDAYS, 4:30-5:30 PM
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NEW! Book Writing & Illustration
In this class kids get a chance to be the author! We will dream up story lines and publish our own books.
THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30 PM
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PICK- UP AVAILABLE FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS
CURRENT AFTERSCHOOL ARTS ACADEMY STUDENTS RECEIVE 10% OFF WHEN ADDING WINTER SESSION CLASSES

Jazz Summit

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Wednesday, November 20th @ 8:00pm
A fundraiser for Church Street School for Music and Art. Five staggering piano talents in solo performances on one special night. $25.00 per person. Limited tickets available, to reserve spots please call
Toby at 212-571-7295 or
email tobywine@churchstreetschool.org
All proceeds benefit Church Street School

Church Street at Home: Vortex Art Project

Stuck inside as the weather turns cooler with little ones to amuse? At Church Street School for Music and Art, we are all about open-ended art projects that get kids engaged in creative thinking and experimentation while having fun. We call this process-based art and it’s the perfect thing for entertaining young ones on a chilly day.

Today we are going to walk you through the steps of making a classic process-based art project. We sometimes call these vortexes, but you could call them whatever you like because it’s all about the creative journey and not what it’s supposed to look like in the end.. Read more

Piano Masters Concert

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The second in a series of fundraising concerts for Church Street School
Works by
Chopin
Schubert
Debussy
Gershwin
And more

Wednesday, December 11 at 8pm in the performance space,
74 Warren Street, NY, NY, 10007
25.00 per person, all proceeds to benefit Church Street School for Music and Art
Space is limited. Please contact Toby Wine immediately at 212-571-7295 or tobywine@churchstreetschool.org to reserve a seat.
Seats can also be reserved through the front desk or by calling 212-571-7290