Music, Art and Play

9:30 am - 12:15 pm

Ages 2.5-4

Music, Art and Play is an arts-based early childhood drop-off program considered by many parents in the neighborhood as an alternative to traditional, application based nursery schools. Through the exploration of the arts and free play, Music, Art and Play (MAP) creates a community of kindness and sharing, guiding children to seek their own solutions as they discover the limitless world of art and music.

MAP curriculum is informed by themes such as holidays, seasons, animals, family, feelings, alphabet, numbers and the body. These themes are explored through music and movement with percussion instruments, piano, and dancing, learning music fundamentals. In Art, a wide variety of materials and processes are used, such as drawing, painting, watercolors, collage and much more. Some art projects incorporate found materials such as household recyclables, fabric, cardboard and objects from nature. Self-expression, skills, creativity and socialization are major components of the class.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Music, Art & Play will be capped at 6 students maximum. A variety of new safety measures will be in place, such as frequent hand washing, disinfecting art and music materials throughout each school day, and social distancing.  Singing together in class will be eliminated, so our class songs will be emailed to parents so you can learn them at home together. Our large outdoor garden will be utilized as much as possible, weather permitting.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, drop offs will happen outdoors in our garden for the first few weeks of school, and we encourage drops offs to happen with just one parent.  All visitors to the building must wear masks, and answer a COVID-19 health questionnaire before entering to confirm they have no fever or symptoms of COVID-19. Beginning in October, drop offs will be done at the entrance to the building.

For more information about new protocols and procedures related to COVID-19, please email Rachel Black, Director, at


Colleen Itzen

With over 20 years of teaching music and movement classes for students from age 2 through Lower School, Colleen’s specialty is to reinforce teachers’ curriculums through singing, movement, playing instruments, musical games and stories, and learning fundamentals of music. Through

Suzanne Dirks

Suzanne Dirks grew up and still resides in Greenwich Village. She attended Greenwich House Music School for many years as a child and went on to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art,