The Bergen Academy provides fine-tuning tutoring for music students of all ages, offering private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, and a multitude of woodwinds. A free 15-minute trial session allows students or their parents to parlay with one of more than 20 potential teachers, introducing musicians to their instruments, the instructors to the instructees, and the instruments to the concept of human companionship.
Roxana Puiu travels throughout New York City to photograph such subjects as families, individuals, and newborn babies. Ms. Puiu specializes in many styles, from standard portrait sessions to intimate boudoir, glamour, and pin-up photo shoots. She also loves photographing pets.
New Windsor Music Academy shakes, rattles, and rolls with lessons for aspiring musicians as young as 3 years old, depending on the instrument of choice. Backed by a master's degree in music performance from Yale, owner Mike Benninger has built a team of equally polished instructors. The canopy of their collective knowledge stretches over several instruments, including guitar, drums and voice, and genres that include rock, blues, and classical. With all that education and experience, Mike and his staff recognize that not every method of teaching works for every student, so they bend and mold every session according to each student's goals.
The Sing With Me curriculum stretches back to the late 19th century, when a duo of sisters and early-education researchers composed the tune that would eventually become "Happy Birthday to You." Donating the popular song's royalties to a foundation, the song eventually financed the research of Ken Guilmartin, who was pursuing the role of music in early cognitive development. Teaming up with fellow researcher Lili Levinowitz, Guilmartin founded Music Together LLC, a system of musical learning that allowed kids from birth to age 7 and their parents to access the joys of music together in a fun, supportive environment. Although not every child is destined for a career as a concert pianist, Sing With Me’s teachers start from the philosophy that all children have some innate musical sense and can be taught to sing in tune, move rhythmically, and distinguish a recorder from a Charleston Chew.
A plaza overflowing with trees and bushes surrounds the entrance to Pelham Art Center, and, since 1970, the center has showed a gardener’s devotion to cultivating the Westchester County art community. Over time, the organization has sprouted up from a two-day arts celebration into a hub for art exhibitions, classes, and programs that reach out to the entire community.
Each year, the Pelham Art Center presents five free art exhibitions, 125 fee-based classes and workshops, and dozens of free weekend and evening programs. In addition to classes in visual, performing, literary, and digital arts, the center also hosts public programs such as music performances, literary readings, and artist talks and demonstrations that celebrate folkloric art traditions or finally settle once and for all which primary color is the best.