Greenpoint Gazette

New Violin Program Targets the Under 6 Crowd in Greenpoint

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The newly formed Park Church Co-op is hosting a violin class for the neighborhood’s youngest aspiring musicians.

The Teacup Music Violin Class is open to children ages 3 through 6 with classes taking place once a week during a ten-week period commencing September 28.

The class isn’t just about picking up music skills, but about creating self-confidence, teaching students to think about creating music independently, to problem solve, and to improvise comfortably.

Some of the basics students will learn over the ten-week period include rhythmic notation and counting, holding the violin in a balanced posture, understanding the cultural context of violin whether as a classic, folk, or jazz music instrument, to create a short piece of original music, and at the end of it all to stage a performance for family members.

The class is being conducted by violinist and composer Concetta Abbate, who calls the program Teacup music because, “In a teacup we find all flavors and leaves of many shapes and sizes. Some people might even say that our tealeaves can tell us of our future and good fortune. When children come together to play music without any barriers we see them mingle, form and grow. Their ability to thrive shapes the future and good fortune for our very own community for generations to come.”

Abbate began playing at four, studied anthropology and gained a deep interest in folk music at Smith College, and has performed at venues like the East Indian Music Academy, the Rubin Art Museum, and Columbia University. She’s currently pursuing a graduate degree at the Teacher’s College at the latter university.

The class costs $350 for the entire period and includes violin rentals, foot mats, and sheet music.

Classes take place Mondays starting September 28, a free demo class will be offered September 21, all classes take place 3-4 p.m. at the Park Church Co-op, 129 Russell Street, final performance is scheduled for December 12 at 2 p.m., for more information contact Concetta Abbate at 631-813-5115 or email: concetta.abbate@yahoo.com.

 

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