Musical Communities @ Teachers College

Musical Communities @ Teachers College

Music Explorers (Ages 5-7)

Join us in:

  • Singing and playing familiar tunes
  • Improvising and composing
  • Reading music and playing  by-ear
  • Learning to play the violin and piano
  • Performing in an ensemble as a “band” member

$150 for ten (10) 75-minute sessions including stringed instrument rental.  10% for siblings and referrals. 

Classes are taught by Teachers College students supervised by Dr. Lori Custodero. Parent/Caregiver attendance and involvement is an important part of the learning experience.

Enrollment is limited. Register today!

Sessions are on Wednesdays, from 5:00pm-6:15pm at Horace Mann Room 435 Teachers College, Columbia University. 
    • Session 1: February 5th, 2020
    • Session 2: February 12th, 2020
    • Session 3: February 26th, 2020
    • Session 4: March 4th, 2020
    • Session 5: March 11th, 2020
    • Session 6: March 25th, 2020
    • Session 7: April 1st, 2020
    • Session 8: April 8th, 2020
    • Session 9: April 22nd, 2020
    • Session 10: April 29th, 2020

To Register:

  1. Fill out Registration Form.

  2. Pay registration fee here.

Mission & Philosophy

Music is a social experience, facilitating shared experiences and collaboration, strengthening relationships. Music learning is engaging, offering cognitive physical, and communicative challenges adaptable to individual needs. Music making is a creative act, providing opportunities for imaging and realizing possibilities in sound.

Our mission is to create music teaching and learning environments, which value music making nurtured over the lifespan. We aim to maintain diverse musical traditions while honoring the core pedagogical commitments to 1) playing and singing with others; 2) challenging learners to recognize and respond skillfully and meaningfully to musical potential; and 3) encouraging variation and innovation through composition and improvisation.


What do we do if we know we’re going to be absent?

Please email the Musical Communities Coordinator, Ms. Anh-Thu Phan at agp2132@tc.columbia or leave a message at 917-932-7905. She will notify the teachers, who will email with information on what was missed in class.

Why do parents need to attend the classes?

We feel that parent participation is important, especially in the early years. Your presence signals value, and you can see firsthand the ways in which teaching and learning occurs. We consider this to be a family education experience; each week you will be provided with strategies and hopefully contribute by sharing your ideas on how to extend the music making at home.

Location and Contact

525 W. 120th St., Room 435 Horace Mann

Ms. Anh-Thu Phan



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