This Fall 2021 we are offering both in-person and online Ready, Set, Play! at our two locations, 218 W 72nd St and 45 Tiemann Place.
Our Ready, Set, Play! classes for children from 2 to 6 years (grouped by age) are designed to introduce the violin, viola, cello, flute, and piano in addition to other elements of music study; students play percussion instruments, listen and move to live music, read and write rhythms, and sing. Repetition of songs and activities from week to week allow children to gain confidence as they achieve comfort and mastery of musical skills. These classes encourage and prepare young children for instrumental study in a fun, relaxed, and supportive environment. In-person classes meet weekly for 45 minutes limited to 4 students with one teacher. Online classes meet weekly for 30 minutes limited to 4 students and one teacher.
September 11-January 14
REGISTER ONLINE HERE
Please submit the form above to begin registration for an online or in-person class at any location. Students are thoughtfully placed in classes based on age and experience. After you submit the form, you should receive an email from a Silver Music staff member within a week with class options for your child. As classes are formed an outline of the schedule will be posted on this page.
Classes are offered throughout the week, morning and afternoon. Please note we have very limited afternoon times after 3pm, so please include your full availability on the form!
More about our FALL 2021 Ready, Set, Play! Program
In-person Monday/Tuesday classes (16 weeks): $768 + $50 material fee
In-person Wednesday/Friday classes (15 weeks): $720 + $50 material fee
In-person Thursday/Saturday/Sunday classes (14 weeks): $672 + $50 material fee
Online Monday/Tuesday classes (16 weeks): $624 + $50 material fee
Online Wednesday/Friday (15 weeks) classes: $585 + $50 material fee
Online Thursday/Saturday/Sunday classes (14 weeks): $546 + $50 material fee
Private Online RSP classes may be arranged for an additional $15/week. (Private classes are not available for in-person classes).
This year, all students participating in our Ready, Set, Play! Classes will receive a Music Mind Games Xylophone and Rhythm Sticks. Over the last year of teaching online classes, we have found that students benefit from having quality musical instruments accessible in their own homes. This is a gentle introduction to instrumental study–practicing at home and having ownership and care of your own instrument. (Students do not need to bring these instruments into the school. Students will use instruments available in the classroom.)
If possible, please inform us via email if your child will be absent from a weekly class. Students are entitled to 1 makeup class per semester and makeup classes are scheduled during “makeup week” following the end of the semester. Students must email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm a spot in an appropriate makeup class during makeup week.
All of our Ready, Set, Play! teachers have been vaccinated against COVID-19. We will continue to monitor and update our policies as CDC guidelines are updated, but at this time:
RSP and introductory classes will be limited to 4 children with one teacher
Children may be accompanied by 1 adult in the classroom
Classrooms are equipped with a blue air filter and window access
All shared instruments and materials will be sanitized regularly
All persons over age 2 who enter the school must wear a mask
Families who submit a registration form agree to comply with the school’s policies regarding COVID-19.
In the event that Coronavirus cases increase to a level that the CDC and local government officials recommend discontinuing in-person instruction, our in-person classes will transition online with the same teacher, at the same time. Our RSP teachers are very comfortable adapting the class to an online format and students can expect the same quality instruction. As access to the school’s string instruments and piano will not be available online, students will be credited $9 per online class. Students are not offered a refund except in extenuating circumstances.
More about the curriculum and instruction:
In Ready, Set, Play! children learn to accept instruction from the teacher in small doses while also given freedom to express themselves with the instruments. Each child has one-on-one time with the teacher and the instruments, as well as experiences making music with the group. Note values and the reading and writing of rhythms are introduced. Children proudly compose their own short rhythmic pieces and learn to play them on their own instruments at the school (in-person) or at home (online).
As students grow and mature, Ready, Set, Play! classes grow and develop with your child. Parts of the class model the quiet learning environment of a private lesson where children learn to take turns, follow directions, and be attentive with the comfort of their parent or caregiver close-by. Most of our students participate in RSP classes for multiple semesters or years, allowing them to grow in self-confidence and enthusiasm for music while working on developing the focus necessary for private study. Our teachers are adept at supporting and challenging students at every level in our very small classes, allowing mixed-age and mixed-level classes to be successful and motivating for all of the children.
In a typical RSP class, children may sing the Rest Position Song with violins under their arms and take a bow, play along the Twinkle Variations or Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with rhythm sticks, play an improvisatory piece on a group of drums, pluck the String Song on small cellos, move to the rhythmic elements of “beat”, “running”, and “half”, practice flute “sign language”, and find patterns and sing note names on the piano.
In our online RSP classes, children use xylophones and rhythm sticks sent to their homes to further understand musical concepts and develop physical dexterity for instrumental playing. Our teachers have thoughtfully adapted our traditional RSP class for an online platform and successfully taught over Zoom since Spring 2020. In addition to our weekly “live” online RSP classes, students enrolled in Ready, Set, Play! receive 1 pre-recorded video weekly, produced by our faculty. Each video offers a musical activity to practice with your child or highlights a particular instrument.
“Ready-Set-Play! has been my daughter’s primary introduction to music – and such a positive one! The experiences are rich and varied, and the learning environment so warm and encouraging. I wish I had had a class like this when I was a child.”