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Instrument Explorers is an Orff-based early childhood music class, taught by certified Orff instructors, that introduces the joys of music making in a fun and educationally stimulating environment.
Our early childhood and Orff specialist, Patti Onorato, has designed a special online experience for children to explore and discover the joy of music. Through the use of various songs, simple rhythmic patterns, movement, games, and creating instruments at home children will be introduced to the building blocks of music and song.
So what is the Orff approach to music education? Developed by composer and music educator Carl Orff along with his colleague Gunhild Keetman, the Orff approach is a well-known and established holistic approach to music and education based on the belief that all children possess innate musical talent and only need to be encouraged for it to grow. The Orff approach exposes children to music through singing, rhythm, improvisation, experimentation, movement, and dance. Students will organically learn musical concepts by playing, experiencing, and sharing music making.
Programs taking place online:An access link will be emailed to you after purchase.
Programs taking place in our NYC facilities:Please read our safety guidelines before visiting our building.
Programs taking place online and in our NYC facilities:Please select which experience you wish to participate in when registering. Online participants will be emailed an access link after purchase. In-person participants should read our safety guidelines before attending the program.
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John Leighton is a musician and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently working on a Master of Science in Music Education at Queens College. Additionally, John possesses a NYS Teaching Certification in Music K-12, Orff-Schulwerk Level I Certification, and training in Music Learning Theory, Kodály, and Dalcroze methods. John currently teaches Pre-K-5th Grade General Music at P.S. 213 in Oakland Gardens, as well as directing a 4th and 5th Grade Chorus and the annual drama club p ...
John Leighton is a musician and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently working on a Master of Science in Music Education at Queens College. Additionally, John possesses a NYS Teaching Certification in Music K-12, Orff-Schulwerk Level I Certification, and training in Music Learning Theory, Kodály, and Dalcroze methods. John currently teaches Pre-K-5th Grade General Music at P.S. 213 in Oakland Gardens, as well as directing a 4th and 5th Grade Chorus and the annual drama club production. Most recently, John has further developed a passion for early childhood music education through teaching the Orff-based Tuneful Sequence Program at Turtle Bay Music School, with ages 18 months through seven years old.
Instrument Explorers / Ages 2½-3
Patti Onorato earned her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She has sung, acted, and played various instruments in the U.S. and overseas with composers, performing artists, poets, visual and dance artists, and rock bands. With these collaborations she has worked on new music and new music theatre and opera pieces, often premiering the new works. Other performance projects include; soloist for The Old Moscow Circus in Japan as well as music director and composer for an all-woman cast of Julius Caesar (Juli Caesar).
While performing internationally and in the states, Patti studied the “Orff Schulwerk Approach” at the Bloomingdale House of Music in NYC, and through Brooklyn Conservatory and Trevor Day School workshops. Patti has also studied West African drumming and dance, guitar, drums, piano, and recorder.
From 1997-2020 Patti was an instructor at Turtle Bay Music School where she helped to develop and teach in the Tuneful Sequence/Orffestra, Carnival of the Instruments, and Musical Mornings programs, teaching ages 12 months through 10 years. She has also taught as a PS Outreach music specialist for many schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn teaching PreK through 5th grades, and helped to establish a collaborative program for Public School Outreach Programs, combining the Orff Schulwerk with artists who specialized in Rock/Jazz, Modern Dance, Columbian Music, and Afro-Caribbean music.
Patti is thrilled to continue her teaching journey with friends and families at 92nd Street Y!
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