Music, Art and Play

Music, Art and Play is an arts-based early childhood drop-off program for 3 year olds 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. Art projects incorporate a lot of 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. 

MAP is led by Suzanne Dirks and Colleen Itzen, a teaching team who collaborate together on the curriculum to create a fun and meaningful class experience for your child!

Program Information

Ages: 3-4

Days: Three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Tuition: $5,100 per term

Extended Day Available 

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy of teaching for Music, Art and Play is to help develop the whole child--the social, emotional, academic and physical intelligence of each child, through the creativity of arts education.

SOCIALLY, we aim to teach each child to:
  • build confidence through self-expression, 
  • develop respect for others, 
  • make several choices on their own, 
  • resolve conflicts, and 
  • appreciate differences among us. 

EMOTIONALLY, we strive to:
  • acknowledge the feelings of each child, 
  • help each child to help accept the feelings of others, 
  • improve listening skills, and 
  • accept the boundaries that come up in the classroom and at play.
ACADEMICALLY, we work on:
  • the ABC's-recognition of letters through puzzles, books and songs, 
  • writing their own name, 
  • numbers 1-20 through games and puzzles, 
  • shapes and sizes, 
  • beginning math through games, building materials and other manipulatives.
PHYSICALLY, we seek to develop:
  • coordination with small and gross motor skills, 
  • teamwork, and 
  • physical skills appropriate to their age group

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About Greenwich House

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