Da Vinci's Child Teaches Music Kids Can Really Appreciate

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This music classes look like a picture of a perfect childhood fun with friends: children leaping and jumping around a living room filled with instruments and art work, singing, playing piano, creating puppet shows, drawing, while Dr. Barbara Berofsky accompanies the joyful events on the piano. Her erstwhile helper is her daughter, Adrienne Berofsky-Seyffert, who has graduate degrees from Columbia in both film and writing as well as early childhood development--she is also a Metuchen mom with two daughters and classes are held at her home on Durham Avenue. Together they carry on with the work they began at their Singing Brook camps in Lenox, Massachusetts, classes they've been honing over the course of the last fifteen years. These classes are held under the title of Da Vinci's Child.

Children learn about rhythm from using boxy Orff melody instruments from Germany, which include wooden xylophones and metal glockenspiels that offer good sound immediately. Recorders, percussion instruments, and keyboards are added to the cacophony of sounds and the children, in the course of an afternoon, can learn to play a song together. They also incorporate drama, art and other visual arts into the mix to help drive home the specifics about the art of making music.

 

The miracle of this makeshift symphony lies in the fact that children of various ages and skill sets manage to, under the tutelage of the very creative teachers, help the children reach goals that are not simple. At the end of each course, parents are often happily surprised at all their children have learned. This special style of teaching was formed over many years of study for Barbara and throughout her career as a dance and music teacher at private and public schools in Westchester County, New York.

 

As they say on their website, "DaVinci's Child offers unique programs in the performing arts to empower, inspire, & fulfill the potential in all children. The brainchild of Barbara Berofsky, PhD (in Gifted Education) who has taught dance, movement and music to grade-school students for over 25 years, and her daughter Adrienne Berofsky-Seyffert, MFA, DaVinci's Child presents a 'Renaissance Approach' to awakening the talents and strengths in every child. Through music, dance and story creation, children build a variety of skills essential to that medium but equally valuable to success in other areas."

 

For additional information, check out their website or call 732-662-4301 and leave a message for Adrienne or Barbara.

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My daughter is learning piano compositions at the age of 7 that I didn't know how to play at the age of 14! Barbara and Adrienne are remarkable teachers and very fairly priced. Check them out!

My kids loved the Metuchen library programs when they were little. Make sure you get there early. Sometimes they fill up or run out of craft materials.

Check out the Metuchen Public Library too. They have free programs for infants to preschool children.

These children activities are great. First the Addvark, music together, and now this. Are there any Metuchen parents out there that can tell me all the classes in Metuchen. My son is 21 months. We just moved here a couple of weeks ago.

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