15 Fun Classes for Pre-school Kids

Top Classes for Pre-School Aged Children in NYC (Fall/Winter 2018)

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NORY Science & Engineering is a Tots and Me class with hands-on experiments and projects.  Teach students ‘why,’ then ‘what’ to help them become more inquisitive and to show them how to look at the world differently.

 

 

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Multi-Sport | Rising Roots with FunFit Kids is a drop off class for 3yr olds.  Children focus on specific sport cues and skills that relate to gross-motor movements through games and play. Children also learn about teamwork and rules of gameplay.

 

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Piano Lessons at High Note start as early as 3.  Nora will support your learning of an applied instrument and incorporate theory and ear training following method books and appropriate supplemental materials.

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Fall Soccer Class for ages 2-4 with caregiver with SocRoc. Students learn soccer from a former pro and develop core strength, upper and lower body strength, as well as, flexibility, endurance, and excellent posture.

 

 

 

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Take Baby Ballerinas at Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village.  Children explore movement, musicality, motor coordination, thus enhancing the development of both their bodies and minds.

 

 

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Canta y Baila Conmigo for ages 4 and under with Eastside Westside Music Together. For native Spanish speakers to brand new Spanish-learners.

 

 

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Super Tumblers for ages 3-4 at 92nd Street Y.  Teach children age-appropriate, skill-oriented progressions based on USA Gymnastics’ movement programs.

 

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Preschoolers love Music with James!  James Humphrey is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

 

 

 

preschoolersEarly Development Art Adventures with Claire’s Creative Adventures (UES) introduces Ages 2-5 to Contemporary, Classic and Multi-Cultural Art.

  • Curriculum Based on Artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Koons and more
  • Introduction to Professional Artist Materials such as plaster, clay, charcoal and mixed media

 

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Hip Hop for Ages 3-5 with Midtown Movement and Dance cultivates passion for dance. Introduce movements used in mainstream hip hop and pop music and jazz technique basics.

 

 

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In Grandma’s Attic has Budding Ballerina & Ballerino for Ages 2-3 (Chelsea, UWS, Harlem).  Each week a different fairytale is read, and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.

 

 

 

 

preschoolersGet the little ones Moving to the Rhythm of Math at Launch Math + Science for Ages 1.5-3.  With music as the foundation for learning, tots explore concepts such as counting, reading and identifying numbers, and using a number line.

 

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Learn Spanish with ¡HOLA! A Playgroup Toddler Program.  Children acquire linguistic skills and develop an “ear” for new sounds learned, while building Spanish vocabulary.

 

 

 

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Cook with Kids in the Kitchen Ages 2-4 at 92nd Street Y.

 

 

 

preschoolersStart pre-school with a Threes Preschool Class at Wee Ones Club. The daily schedule includes social play, muscle & brain builders, tumbling & jumping, music & instruments, dancing, story time, snack, art, parachute & bubbles.

Fashion Design Classes for Kids

NYC is a fashion capital and our kids are influenced by this every day.  For all the fashion loving kids in NYC, The Fashion Class focuses on fun fashion design themed classes where students learn to sew in a creative environment.  Up-and-coming fashionistas get to choose fabric, put their own personal style on each garment, and embellish to their hearts desire! The Fashion Class offers courses in fashion design, sewing, illustration and creativity.fashion class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Design Classes for Kids

Age: 6 to 12 years

Fashion Design and Sewing Class:  Combines all the elements of design such as measuring, cutting fabric, using patterns and sewing machines into one fabulous course culminating in a professional fashion show!

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Beginner Sewing Class for Kids:  Learn the basics of using a sewing machine while working on real projects. Projects include: Pillow, Headband, Skirt.

Design & Make Room Decor: Learn techniques including cutting, gluing and sewing. Projects include a trendy dream catcher, marbled piggy bank, photo frame, journal, paper mache letters, canvas art and more.

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Fashion Design & Illustration for Kids:  Learn to draw the elongated fashion figure (also known as the croquis). Sketch poses, color and render different types of fabric (like lace, denim and sequins) and design a full collection of clothing.

Age: 8 to 12 years

Fashion Designer: Advanced Sewing for Kids:  ‘Be a fashion designer’ and sketch an original design, choose fabric, create a pattern and sew the completed garment!

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Sew a Stuffed Animal: Class will first design their stuffed animal then use sewing machines and hand sewing to complete their take-home creations.

 

Age: 10 to 12 years

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Pattern & Stitch Advanced Sewing for Kids: Learn to read, use and sew with commercial clothing patterns. This class is designed as a continuation of Fashion Design and Sewing.

 

Age: 13 to 15+ years

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Fashion Design & Sewing for Teens: Use sewing machines to create wearable garments. Perfect for beginners and returning students alike – all projects are self-designed!

Special Offer: In Grandma’s Attic Dance Classes

In Grandma’s Attic is a children’s fantasy dance program with  22 years of dance experience in NYC. Locations include Midtown West, Upper West Side, Chelsea, and Harlem.

Special Offer for Kidz Central Station families! $50 Discount for New Students who enroll by October 1, 2018!

Dance Classes with In Grandma’s Attic

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For ages 2-3:  Budding Ballerina & Ballerino

Beginning dancers are given the freedom to create and be themselves while they explore movement, play, and dancing with others. Parent/caregiver may participate.  


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For ages 3-6: Fairies & Fantasy Dance Class for Girls & Boys

Students train in pre-ballet, creative movement, and improvisation. Each week a favorite fairytale or classical ballet story is read and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.


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For ages 7-12:  Odyssey of the Ballet Fairies

Students learn the basics of ballet, posture and movement. Ballet classics and stories about fairies generate themes for co-creating characters, choreography, and scenes with costumes and our magical prop  – a whimsically ornate Fairy Trunk!


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For ages 7-12: Classical Young Dancer

A beginner/elementary level class in which students learn the basics of ballet, correct posture, steps, and combinations emphasizing quality of movement. Using newly-learned ballet steps, dancers explore their own impulses in improvisation and choreography in original ballet vignettes.

10 After-School Activities for Fall 2018

After School Activities

The kids are back in school!  Yay!  Now, what are they going to do after-school and before family time at home?  Here are 10 great After-School activities and classes for kids of all ages and with various interests.

  1. The Fashion Class with locations in Midtown West and the Upper East Side has Fashion Design and Sewing Class for ages  6-12 Tuesadays-Fridays and Fashion Designer: Advanced Sewing for Kids for ages 8-12 on Mondays.

  2. Take Baby Ballerinas (ages 3+) Mondays-Thursdays, Demi Soloists  (ages 4+) Mondays-ThursdaysPre-Ballet 1 (ages 5+) Tuesdays-Thursdays, Pre-Ballet 2 (ages 6+) Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Dance With Me (age 2+) on Wednesdays, or Foundations of Ballet (ages 7+) on Mondays and Wednesdays at Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village.

  3. Dance Workshop NY on the Upper East Side has Lyrical Dance for ages 8-12 on Thursdays, Ballet for ages 8-12 on Thursdays, and Ballet/Tap Combo for ages 4-5 on Tuesdays.

  4. Take your preschoolers to Music with James on Mondays or Wednesdays.

  5. Launch Math + Science focuses on STEM (coding, robots, rockets, architecture, engineering, chemistry, physics, math) EVERY weekday.  Pick your class!

  6. The Paint Place in Astoria has Painting and Art Class for ages 6-12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  7. OKABALOO FunArtFaktory in Long Island City hosts an After-School Recreation Program for ages 5-12 EVERY weekday.

  8. New York Stage of Mind in LIC offers Musical Theater on Tuesdays.

  9. Head to Aviator Sports in Brooklyn for classes any day of the week. Choose from Basketball, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Ice SkatingLittle Ninja Warrior, Soccer and more.

  10. I Can Do That NYC is geared for after school with all of their classes.

    For Ages 3 to 5: Dance/Theater Combo on Mondays and Tuesdays

    For Ages 4 to 6: “Little Hoppers” Hip Hop/Jazz on Thursdays

    For Ages 5-7 :Ballet for Beginners on Wednesdays OR Musical Theater Juniors on Mondays and Tuesdays

    For Ages 6-9: Beginner Hip Hop on Tuesdays

    For Ages 7 to 11: Musical Theatre: Singing and Dancing on Tuesdays

 

Depression in Children: Signs and How to Help

Depression in Kids

Is My Child Depressed? What Parents Should Look For, and How to Help

Approximately 5-10% of children struggle with depressive symptoms. Indeed, children as young as 3 can demonstrate signs of clinical depression, and rates of depression increase sharply during adolescence, particularly for girls. Feelings of intense sadness, emptiness, and/or loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities are the cardinal features of depression in adults; however, depression sometimes presents differently in youth. Indeed, irritable mood can be the first sign of child depression, and persistent irritability that causes significant problems in your child’s life at school, with friends, or with family indicates concerns beyond typical adolescent behavior.

Signs your child may be struggling with Depression:

  • Withdrawing from extracurricular activities, or continuing to participate in them without enjoyment.
  • Spending more time alone, and isolating from family or friends.
  • Constantly feeling bored, like nothing is interesting or worthwhile.
  • A significant drop in school grades, homework completion, and/or overall motivation for school.
  • Urges to avoid school.
  • Significant change in behavior: being more oppositional or argumentative, using drugs or alcohol, or caring less about consequences that used to matter.
  • A change in appetite: eating much more or much less.
  • A change in sleep: difficulty sleeping, or sleeping much more than is typical.
  • Feeling tired, without energy.
  • Increased difficulty concentrating in school or in conversations.
  • Thoughts of death or dying.
  • Engaging in self-injurious behaviors (cutting).

How can I support my child?

  • Talk to your child. Ask how they are feeling and what might be bothering them. Actively listen, without judgment, and reflect back what your child says to show that you understand.
  • Tell your child’s pediatrician. Schedule an appointment with a mental healthcare provider to discuss your concerns and to learn more about treatment options. There are evidence-based therapies and medication that can help.

Therapy:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps children to identify the connection between depressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, to observe patterns in their mood, and to learn coping skills to improve mood. Behavioral activation is often a key component of CBT for depression, and focuses on helping youth boost mood by changing behavior.
  • Dialectic behavior therapy is a more intensive treatment for youth who struggle with chronic emotion dysregulation and problem behaviors, such as chronic suicidal thoughts or actions, self-injurious behavior, and other risky behaviors.
  • Other evidence-based therapies include interpersonal therapy and attachment-based family therapy.
  • Medication:  Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are considered the first line medication for depression. For more information about antidepressant medication, consult with your child’s pediatrician or psychiatrist.
  • Promote safety. Encourage your child to share their feelings, including thoughts about death or dying. Normalize that this is a common symptom of depression, and develop a plan that includes people to reach out to for help and mood-boosting activities to engage in when they have those thoughts. Ensure that your home is safe by locking up guns, knives, medicines, and alcohol.
  • Stick to the treatment plan. If your child is in treatment, ensure that they attend therapy consistently and/or take medication as prescribed. Your child may feel frustrated or defeated if they do not feel better quickly. Treatment works, but it takes time. Model hope, and communicate concerns with your treatment provider.
  • Provide praise and acknowledgement for small steps. Depression can feel like a weighted jacket, and activities (schoolwork, chores) that used to be easy to carry can feel impossible to lift. Rather than focus on what your child might not be doing, model attending to the positive by acknowledging and praising what your child is doing well.
  • Educate others and externalize the depression. People in your child’s life may misperceive depression as your child being lazy or purposefully grouchy, which can make it difficult for your child to receive the care and support they need. Remind yourself and others that depression is driving these symptoms, not your child.
  • Enhance social supports. Help your child to connect with peers and family. Look for opportunities to bolster the relationship you already have with your child by taking a brief “vacation” from daily chores and responsibilities to engage in enjoyable activities together. Facilitate social engagement by helping your child to schedule after-school hangouts with friends, providing transportation, and offering other means of support.
  • Monitor for risk factors for suicide, which includes your child having more intense or frequent thoughts about death or dying, talking about suicide online or in person, and using substances. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1 800-273-8255 or online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Anna J. Swan, PhD is a licensed psychologist and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health. She sees patients for evaluations, individual cognitive-behavioral therapy, and group therapy as part of the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Service at the Child Study Center’s Manhattan and Hackensack locations, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

Gifted & Talented Test Prep in NYC

Gifted & Talented Test

About the Gifted & Talented Test

New York City offers gifted and talented tests for all children entering Kindergarten through the 3rd grade in order to enter a public school program with more specialized instruction and enrichment opportunities.  Once your child is  accepted, the program runs through 5th grade.  The test has two parts (1) 30 verbal reasoning and comprehension questions based on the OLSAT and (2) 48 multiple-choice spatial thinking questions based on the NNAT.  Visit the Department of Education website for more info and to sign up your child for testing.

Admissions

Admissions are based entirely on the Gifted and Talented Test score and subsequent lottery placement.  A qualifying score on the G&T exam (90th percentile) does not guarantee your child a seat.  In many neighborhoods, more than half the kids are scoring above 90th percentile. This is why test prep is essential to increasing your child’s score.

Gifted & Talented Test Prep

Gifted and Talented Test Prep should begin at an early age to improve your child’s testing abaility and chance of success.  In the past, Eye Level Learning Center on E12th Street was extremely helpful to our parents with outside of school tutoring and extra help so we looked to them once again for G&T test prep.

What you need to know:  The Eye Level program utilizes a curriculum designed exclusively for them by TestingMom.com.  The course is 14 sessions, including 12 instructional sessions, one pre-test, and one post-test.  The pre-test and post-test are always one-on-one.  The class format is available only for students testing into Kindergarten (i.e., in Pre-K now).  The one-on-one format is available for any eligible student.  The tuition for the course includes 14 sessions, classwork book, homework book, review book, and a bonus one-year membership to TestingMom.com, which has additional review resources.

For more information on how you can prepare your child for the Gifted and Talented Test, contact the team at Eye Level Learning Center of the East Village at 212-260-8020, or visit their website.

Back-to -School With Carried Away Chefs

Recently, Kidz Central Station spent the afternoon with the Carried Away Chefs team as they prepared one of their menus for the week. If you are busy and exhausted and over scheduled from this back to school season or want healthier family meals, this weekly in-home personal chef service is the answer

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Carried away chefsCarried away chefsWith the Weekly Chef service, Carried Away Chefs plans your weekly 3 meal menu with your input and dietary preferences in mind, shops for the groceries, and then comes to your home to cook.  The menu consists of proteins, vegetables, soup, salad, breakfast or snack. Once prepared, the food is stored in your containers in your fridge with labels and reheating instructions. And your kitchen will be left spotless.  Simple, Easy, Delicious!!

And for those of us who order delivery every day (and sometimes 2x a day on weekends!), this is not only healthier but also affordable.  A once a week visit which produces 3 family meals is $350.  If this doesn’t convince you, the take a look at the menu Carried Away Chefs  (instagram @carriedawaychefsmade for us.

 

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The Menu

BBQ Chicken

Cabbage slaw – Red Wine Vinaigrette

Zucchini wrapped Hake

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Chicken Herbs de Provence

Israeli Couscous with Pine Nuts  & Broccolini

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We arrived to watch the chefs chop, slice, blend, season, toss, sauté, and bake several dishes, sauces and dressings.  And everything was absolutely delicious!  Our favorites were the zucchini wrapped Hake and the strawberry dressing on the spinach salad. We would’ve thought this was too tasty to be healthy had we not seen everything prepared right in front of us.  Also, the portions were plentiful so we could see the three weekly meals lasting beyond that.

We wholeheartedly recommend Carried Away Chefs for all of our busy families!  Ask for a Free Consultation today!

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Back to School with Diabetes Management

diabetes managementAdapting Your Child’s Diabetes Management for a New School Year

With a new school year just around the corner, many parents are strategizing for their children to receive the medical care they need in their new classroom environments. The goal for families of children with diabetes is for their kids to have access to appropriate diabetes management while having the same school experience as children without diabetes. Here are some aspects of care at school that parents of children with diabetes should consider in order to meet that goal:

  • Is there a nurse at school? If not, who can take responsibility for helping to assist with the day-to-day management of diabetes? There should be a medical plan in place and parents should discuss that with the school administration.
  • If your child is involved with after-school activities or field trips, will there be care available at those places?
  • What supplies does your child need at school? Think about the amount of supplies they will need, whether they will be centrally located for the child, or whether they will be carrying their own testing equipment to treat hypoglycemia.
  • If your child is involved with after school sports, make sure the school administration is aware of their condition. Parents should also talk to the child’s coaches so they can assist if needed.
  • Make sure your child always has something on them to fix a low—and coaches, teachers, and other staff should be aware so they can help if necessary.
  • Some school systems, like New York City public schools, have carb count menus for school meals up online. If your child is buying their lunch at school, check the menu ahead of time and review it with your child. Kids dose insulin according to carb counts, so it’s very important to plan for that. If your school doesn’t have a menu with a carb count, work with the school cafeteria and school administration to come up with carb counts for the menu.
  • Your child’s schedule will change when they go back to school, sometimes going from a schedule where they are more active during the day to being more sedentary during the day and active in the evening. If you notice your child’s blood sugar levels are out of range, be in touch with your diabetes care team so they can adjust insulin doses to the new school schedule.

You should go to your child’s diabetes care team with any questions. Other great resources for Safe at School information can be found at the American Diabetes Association, JDRF, and Children with Diabetes websites.

 

Christine Lally, RN, CDE, is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at the Robert I. Grossman, MD, and Elisabeth J. Cohen, MD, Pediatric Diabetes Center at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone. She provides education and support to patients, families, and caregivers, and helps them fit diabetes management into their lives in a healthful way.

Special Offers for Back-to-School Classes

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It’s Back-to-School season!  Test out the Right Program for Your Kids with these Low-cost Trials or Drop In Classes.

Special Offers

ART Classes Limited Time Offer

Claire’s Creative Adventures (UES) introduces children to artists and cultures, using paint, clay, wood, sand, pastels, fabric, etc.

**Save $75 through 9/14/18 on all Fall semester classes!**

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MUSIC Classes

Try GuitarViolin, Piano, Voice, ($40) lessons at Willan Academy of Music.

Jam Sessions Babies ($36) at Kids at Work or Sun Sessions Outdoor Music ($36) at Hudson River Park.

Babies love BananaJam Music ($28) or Sing Along ($28) at 14th Street Y.

Music with James ($20) in Murray Hill is a high-energy music class.

Andy & Suzanna Kids Music ($20) bring music, puppets, bubbles (UES, UWS).

In Long Island City, take a trial in Singing ($40), Piano ($40), Broadway Youth ($30), or a Baby Music Class ($10) at New York Stage of Mind.

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DANCE & MUSICAL THEATER Classes

Zumba! ($10), Hula ($12), Ballroom ($12), Georgian ($20), Bollywood ($20), or Belly Dance ($19.50) at The DanceSource in Queens.

Ballet/Tap Combo ($15) or Hip Hop ($15) at Dance Workshop NY UES.

Trial classes in Ballet/Tap, Hip Hop, Yoga, or Storybook Ballet ($45 each) at Midtown Movement and Dance.

Drop-in at CenterStage to Debut! ($20) or Hip-Hop Funk ($45) + MORE.

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SPORTS & YOGA Classes

Drop-in to Beginner 1 or Beginner 2 ($44 each) at Physique Swimming.

FunFit Kids (UWS) drop-ins for Yoga, Multi-Sport, 2Lingo Hebrew ($35-42).

Bring your babies to Lap Babies and Crawlers ($32) or Walkers, Runners, Jumpers ($32) at 14th Street Y.

Yogi Tales: Live Music Yoga ($25) in Washington Square Park.

Prenatal Yoga ($20), Baby Yoga ($20), Kids Yoga ($30), Yoga Art ($30), etc. at Karma Kids Yoga.

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LANGUAGE Trial Class

¡HOLA! Música! ($15) in Queens is gentle Spanish intro with ¡HOLA!.

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COOKING Drop-in Class

Cooking Classes ($20) teach kid friendly recipes at The Creative Kitchen

FREE Classes and Events for Back-to-School

It’s Back-to-School season!  Enjoy these free classes and events around New York City.

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Jewish Community Project (JCP) Downtown Open House on Sep 5 & 6

  • Rosh Hashanah arts & crafts
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Kid friendly snacks and coffee for grown ups
  • Read a story from our PJLibrary book shelf
  • Meet JCP staff & Register for fall classes and high holy holidays
  • Free Demo classes at 10am: Sing With Suzi on Wed Sep 5 @10am, Shajam with Tkiya on Thurs Sep 6 @10am
  • Open House Fun Days!

 


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FREE TRIAL with ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish on Sep 6

 


 

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FREE TRIAL with Upper Manhattan Forest Kids

 


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Audition for Children’s Choir with Willan Academy of Music on Sep 17

  • All children who love singing are welcome to the choir. The audition (no longer than 5 min) will be September 17th (6pm – 9pm) at 520 8th Avenue New York, NY 10018. Children (age 6+) will be asked to sing a song of their choice and to repeat a few basic musical patterns.  Audition for Children’s Choir.