For more than 20 years, The Leadership Program has worked with public schools, private schools, and the New York City Department of Education to provide special programs for more than 22,000 participants, 4,000 teachers, and 7,000 parents each year. The organization’s specialists offer a variety of award-winning and nationally recognized programs that range from conflict resolution and youth development to professional development, parent development, and social services. They also mold minds with additional programs that include youth advisory, diversity outreach, and academic arts.
For more than a century, Greenwich House Music has fulfilled its mission to help new and native New Yorkers thrive through instrument and voice lessons. The center's Music Together class introduces children as young as 2 years old to music through tonal and rhythmic skill exercises taught in a play-focused environment. Adult programs, such the Village Folk Sing-a-Long, Group Guitar, and Jazz Vocal classes, carry on the musical traditions that helped put Greenwich Village on the world’s cultural map. Starting from basics and moving up, lessons immerse grown-ups in a curriculum that focuses on specific genres or instruments. The center also offers private instruction sessions in more than 10 instruments, giving students an opportunity to learn a new talent one-on-one and an excuse to leave their clingy imaginary friends in the car.
Zumba classes at M Dance & Fitness provide a hip-shaking workout so engrossing that, according to Time Out New York, students barely notice its rigor until they’re sore the next day. Set to music that ranges from pop to reggaeton, classes work the whole body through simple dance steps from schools such as salsa and merengue.
The studio’s Masala Bhangra class replaces Zumba’s Latin flair with Indian moves. Masala means “spicy” in Hindi; the routines are thus a “spicy,” or Bollywood-inflected, take on Bhangra, a traditional Indian folkdance. Studio founder Misty Clark and her team of instructors helm other dance fitness classes as well, with focuses such as ballet, kick-box dance, hip-hop, and ab work.
At Replay Studios, four wood-floored, soundproof-tiled studios surround the musicians who come in to take classes, record, or just knock out a quick rehearsal. One of the four even houses a dedicated drum studio, where percussively minded musicians can visit and practice independently. No matter which studio they choose, students can study proper drum and guitar techniques under the tutelage of the center’s seasoned instructors. In addition to teaching private lessons, instructors also group kids and teens into rock bands during after-school sessions. These extensive rock- and pop-based programs include guided jam sessions, band coaching opportunities, and summertime rock intensives.
At DJ'ing-hub Dubspot, professional record-scratchers teach basics during participatory Friday Night Spin Session workshops. Each of the class's 12 rhythm rookies perches at their own DJ stations, which include a turntable, a mixer, a pair of headphones, and stylishly laced dancing shoes. The curriculum lays a foundation of electron-tune basics that include beatmatching, properly scratching vinyl, and using Traktor DJ software to help students create a two song- mix during the course of three hours. Check the schedule for upcoming classes and newly added dates.
For many, being a professional singer is a distant and often unrealized dream. But for students of The Singing Experience, the reality gets more attainable, even if only for one night. That's because the program immerses performers in a singing workshop that teaches vocal techniques and helps them overcoms stage fright. At the end of the course, students sing a song in a live cabaret performance on the stage of The Triad.
All this was made possible by performer Linda Amiel Burns, who dreamed up The Singing Experience in 1977 as a way to help novice singers tackle their fears of performing and of sea witches stealing their voices. It's also become a valuable tool of expression. "You sing out anger, love, your problems," Burns told The New York Times in 2009. She knows what she's talking about—she founded the business after a divorce and has helped countless others since. She has also earned accolades along the way from CBS and Cabaret Scenes magazine. A member of SAG and AFTRA, Linda also lends her talents to various arts programs, and is a two-time winner of the MAC Award.