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 with singing, percussion instruments, dancing, musical games and stories, and an introduction to playing the piano. 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. Students work together as a group but individual potential is explored and developed as well. Self-expression, skills, and creativity are major components of the class.


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,