Early Childhood and Elementary School

Early Childhood classes
Theory in Motion classes
Introductory Piano
Beginning Strings classes
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Early Childhood Music


Video of MusicTIME Class

Children’s programs offered by the Eastman Community Music School have been developed by Donna Brink Fox, an Eastman School of Music professor who is a nationally recognized authority on early childhood music education. The program has attracted attention throughout the United States and abroad, and has been featured on network television.

Eastman early childhood music classes are 45 minutes each and meet on Saturdays for 10 weeks. Class times are 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 am., 11:15, a.m., 12:00-noon, and 12:45 p.m.  (class times may be adjusted depending on enrollment)

The 10-week sessions are offered in the fall, winter, and spring.

Fall Session – September 21-November 23
Winter Session – January 4-March 8

 Spring Session – March 15-May 17

Registration form and complete information about the program

Registration form only

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Registration Instructions

Spaces in our classes are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis at the beginning of each school year. The registration form is available above or by calling the Eastman Community Music School Office (585-274-1400).  Complete the registration form, detach and return it either

by mail to:

Eastman Community Music School
Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604



scan and email to:


or in person to the:

Community Music School Office
on the 3rd floor of 10 Gibbs Street.

Registration is not possible by phone. Please do not include payment with your form. We will bill you. You will receive notification of your class time and room location on or by September 9th. Notification will be made by email or phone. Because we have a limited number of spaces in our classes, please understand that once a student has been enrolled, we are unable to give any refunds.


Toddler/Infant Music at Eastman.

A unique program for infants and toddlers (ages 4 months to 2 years) and their parents/caregivers. MusicTIME features musical activities that include songs, rhymes, bounces, tickles, moving to music, and listening. Information and guidance on musical development in young children and home-based activities are also provided.

Tuition:  $139 per 10-week session

Music Times Two

A continuation of the objectives of MusicTIME for parents/caregivers and children (ages 2 to 3½-years). Children develop rhythmic and vocal skills as they engage in more independent music making activities that include: singing, movement, and playing instruments.

Tuition:  $139 per 10-week session

Music Makers

Designed for  3½- and 4-year-old children without parental participation in the classes.  Skills in singing, listening, and musical vocabulary are emphasized, with opportunities to play classroom percussion instruments. Visiting musicians demonstrate instruments throughout the session.

Tuition:  $139 per 10-week session

Clef Club

This fourth level of the early childhood music program is intended for children who are enrolled in kindergarten  or first grade or are 5-6 years old.  The class focuses on individual musical skills  and includes singing, rhythmic activities, moving to music, musical concepts, musical games, and playing small percussion instruments. Children will begin foundational activities in reading and writing music.

Tuition:  $139 per 10-week session

Dates to Remember

September 14, 2013 Notification of Fall Session class time and location
September 21, 2013 Fall Session begins
November 9, 2013 End of current student Priority Re-Registration for Winter Session
November 10, 2013 Placement of new students for Winter Session begins
November 23, 2013 Fall Session ends
December 30, 2013 Notification of Winter Session class time and location
January 4, 2014 Winter Session begins
February 22, 2014 End of current student Priority Re-Registration for Spring Session
February 23, 2014 Placement of new students for Spring Session begins
March 8, 2014 Winter Session ends
March 8, 2014 Notification of Spring Session class time and location
March 15, 2014 Spring Session begins
May 17, 2014 Spring Session ends

Theory in Motion

Theory in Motion is a five-level program that focuses on aural skills training, music literacy, and musicianship. Terminology and analysis also are introduced. This program is sequential and consistent throughout the levels and is designed to interrelate and coordinate with the other ECMS courses. Our innovative syllabus builds on the methods of Kodàly, Orff, and Dalcroze, as well as the research of Edwin Gordon. In all levels, students will enjoy active, fun-filled lessons that develop and expand their musical skills and understanding.
Students will grow in their ability to:

  • inner-hear and internalize melody, rhythm, beat and meter,
  • sing with independence, good intonation and expression,
  • improvise melodically, rhythmically, and through movement,
  • move with expression
  • and communicate through music.

Enrollment in Theory in Motion is required for Young Children’s Chorus and Children’s Chorus members in grades 2-6 and is strongly advised for all elementary students. All parents and students in grades K-1 should attend the first session of Theory in Motion on September 8 at 10:30 a.m. All parents and students in grades 2-4 should attend the first session of Theory in Motion on September 7 at 8:50 a.m. All parents and students in grades 5-6 should attend the first session of Theory in Motion on September 7 at 9:40 a.m. All students should meet for the 1st class on September 7 in room A902. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes with staff instructors.

Adam Foley, Director
Tuition: $136, included in Children’s Chorus and Young Children’s Chorus tuition.

Theory in Motion A

Grades K–1
Teachers: Casey MacFarlane
Saturdays: 9:40-10:25 a.m.,
10:30-11:15 a.m.

Prerequisite for those in kindergarten: Clef Club, see Early Childhood classes above.

Theory in Motion B

Grade 2
Teacher: Adam Foley
Saturdays: 8:50-9:35 a.m.

Theory in Motion C

Grades 3–4
Teachers: Brandon Martell
Saturdays: 8:50-9:35 a.m.

Theory in Motion D

Grade 4
Teacher: Ashlea Strouse
Saturdays: 8:50-9:35 a.m.

Grades 5–6
Teacher: Ashlea Strouse
Saturdays: 9:40-10:25 a.m.

Theory in Motion E

Grades 5–6
Teacher: Brandon Martell
Saturdays: 9:40-10:25 a.m.

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Introductory Piano

See Lessons – Group Classes



Eastman Beginning Strings

Eastman Community Music School offers the Beginning Strings Program (EBS) for the purpose of encouraging and inspiring the children to love music and play string instruments at their early ages. The EBS Program is a blend of Suzuki, traditional and contemporary teaching methods for young children beginning violin, viola, or cello. Students, ages four and up, will learn the fundamentals of string playing in a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere. All areas of string education will be explored, including facility, healthy posture, listening to and producing beautiful tone, music reading, and elements of pitch and rhythm.

The complete weekly program consists of two parts:

  1. a half-hour lesson with a private teacher (Instructor or Intern) and an accompanying parent, and
  2. an ensemble/technique class

All students will start their studies in this program with a weekly half-hour lesson. When their private teacher feels they are ready for an ensemble/technique class, they will be recommended for a specific class. Once placed in an ensemble/technique class, the classroom teacher, in consultation with the private teacher, will make recommendations for moving to the next ensemble/technique.

The weekly half-hour lessons will focus on the techniques of how to play the instrument correctly and comfortably while exploring music that children love. Parent training for at-home practice, vital to the learning process, will be addressed in the lessons, as well. Students may request either an Instructor or Intern for their private lessons.

The 60-minute weekly ensemble/technique class will focus on specific skills needed for playing with others. Listening and following a leader will serve as the primary emphasis, with the introduction of reading notes to follow, as the student’s facility develops. Learning will be reinforced and confidence gained through group interaction and the use of musical games.

The three ensemble/technique classes (Level I, Level II, Level III) are each available for violin/viola and cello. All are scheduled for Saturday afternoons between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Ensemble/Technique Class Details

The complete weekly program consists of two parts:

  • a half-hour lesson with private teacher and accompanying parent
  • an ensemble/technique class

Private 30-minute Lesson Tuition:

$521 per semester with an instructor;
$357 per semester with an intern

Ensemble/Technique Tuition:

$136 per semester;
$125 or less with private lessons


Eastman Beginning Strings Certificate

Each year students in the Eastman Beginning String program, who complete the EBS curriculum level III and EBS Ensemble/Technique class, will receive the Eastman Begining String Certificate of Achievement.  The certificates are awarded at the final EBS concert of the school year and signify graduation from the program and entrance into ECMS bowed strings curriculum level IV or intermediate performance level at the Eastman Community Music School.

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Eastman Young Children’s Chorus

Grades 2–4; 3 units

Jason Holmes, Director
Saturdays: 9:40-10:40 a.m.

This introductory choral program offers singers the opportunity to learn about choral singing. Using a variety of music from diverse cultures, these young singers will work on vocal techniques and ensemble singing. Unison singing, partner songs, and simple 2 part arrangements will be used. The choir will perform 2-3 times throughout the school year at Eastman.

Tuition includes a weekly rehearsal and a weekly theory musicianship class (Theory in Motion). Auditions for new students (required) will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013, Please call 585.274.1400 to set up a 10-minute audition. Students should plan on singing a simple song (folk song, musical theater, classical or hymn–no pop music) a cappella or accompanied. Please bring the music to the audition. A parent/student meeting will be held Saturday, September 14 at 10:30 a.m. Rehearsals will begin Saturday, September 21. All parents and students should attend the first session of Theory in Motion September 7 at 8:50 a.m.

Tuition: $204 per semester (includes required theory class); $186 or less with private lessons.

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Piccolo Strings

See Classes & Ensembles – Strings


Eastman Children’s Chorus

See Classes & Ensembles – Voice


Stick Talk  (percussion ensemble)

See Classes & Ensembles – Wind, Brass & Percussion


Beginning Piano and Guitar Classes

See Lessons – Group Classes


Introductory Music Theory

See Classes & Ensembles – Theory

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Last updated: May 8, 2013