Natalie was my shy 4-year-old little girl when she started in Star Kidz. I put her into your program in hopes that she would have fun and come out of her shell a bit. Throughout her years of Star Kidz shows, Steve and I would watch her confidence and performance abilities skyrocket.”-Susan
7th Grade Advanced Class Parent
Class Length: 50 minutes once a week
This is a drop-off class only. In this series of acting, singing, and dancing classes for kids in Harrison, Rye Brook, and White Plains, we introduce them to music as a means of expressing themselves vocally, dramatically and through movement, with the goal of building confidence and poise. For many of these little ones, this class is their first opportunity to hold a working microphone. In each of these areas, we encourage the kids to feel comfortable within themselves to perform, an attribute that helps them in all areas of schooling and in growing up.
Children can pick from a wide variety of songs to sing from their favorite TV shows, Disney movies, Broadway shows and radio hits as well as the time-tested, kid-friendly standbys. Fun and simple vocal exercises like animal sounds and scales get their mouth muscles moving and help convey the concept of pitch.
Throughout the semester, we engage the students in a variety of fun acting exercises and drama games that capture their creative attention. They learn the fundamentals of acting by creating characters, exploring emotions and using their imagination. They learn to work both individually and together as a group. No matter what they’re working on, our focus is always building confidence as well as having a blast!
As for the dance, we customize a routine that follows suit with their developing fine-motor skills. With all aspects of the program, we make great use of repetition to reinforce learning.
K – 1ST GRADES
Class Length: 1 hour once a week
Each week in our singing, dancing, acting classes, our kindergartners and 1st-graders rush into the classroom to announce what songs they can’t wait to sing! And now that they’re learning to read, the karaoke screen and printed lyrics reinforce that learning in a fun way.
As with all of our Star Kidz classes, in K/1 we give students the tools they need to prevent bad vocal habits — teaching them that their voice is an instrument and offering a beginner’s understanding of how vocal exercises work mouth muscles and reinforce pitch learning. We continue that work with age-appropriate song choices, happily expanding their repertoire to include Broadway songs from beloved shows, while many enjoy singing from shows they are doing in their school musicals. The result is an excitement that builds all semester long.
In their dance, they possess the kind of energy, expressiveness and eagerness to learn that not only makes it a blast for them, but also for our teachers! We engage them in a variety of drama games and improvisation. Every other week, we work on our original script, which you will see at their performance. Each session focuses on a different theme, using props/costumes to help them convey meaning in their work.
2ND – 3RD GRADES
Class Length: 1 hour once a week
By the time our Star Kidz reach the 2nd-3rd grade dancing, acting and singing classes, they’re ready to kick it up a notch. They’ve learned to avoid bad vocal habits, and have gained a better understanding of how different vocal exercises strengthen different areas of their instrument.
Throughout the session, these students get the chance to show off their developing performance skills, making the kind of progress that goes hand in hand with improved reading skills. We give them the opportunity to memorize their scripts, and since performing a song or a scene from our play takes on more meaning for these students, we provide them with acting tips that get them thinking about character, emotion and setting. This is a precursor to our advanced program that begins in 4th grade.
For the dance portion, we give these older students more challenging moves than the younger classes — as they start to connect with putting their feet and arms together more — and we often choose a song that is currently popular so that they can’t wait to perform for family and friends on Performance Day!
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