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If your child is starting out on a new instrument, our Partner Lessons offer engaging, personalized instruction at a great value from our renowned teaching faculty. Your child can learn with a friend, or be matched with another student by our experienced administrative staff. Each session is limited to two students and will take place on the online platform.
Our early childhood and Orff specialist, Patti Onorato, has designed a special online experience for children ages 18 mos-2.5 years and ages 3-5 years. Our early childhood partner lessons engage your child with a sibling or friend in creative and rhythmic movement games, songs to learn simple rhythmic patterns, to discover and create instruments at home, and have fun in music improvisation jam sessions!
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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!
Instrument Explorers / Ages 1½-3
Partner Lessons for Kids: Music FUNdamentals / Ages 18 mos-5 yrs
Instrument Explorers / Ages 2½-3