The Bronx House School for Performing Arts is one of the finest facilities in the area, featuring a state-of-the-art 7,000 square-foot wing that includes multiple studios for private and group music, dance, and acting lessons. Comprised of accomplished performers and seasoned educators, our carefully chosen instructors have degrees from music programs around the world.
Heilbrunn Music School
Bronx House proudly continues our tradition of offering high-quality music education geared to children and adults. Whether you are a serious music student or simply a music lover, we provide a wide range of programs to meet your interests and schedule. Our faculty of accomplished performers and seasoned educators provide stimulating and innovative lessons.
Private & Semi-Private Instruction
7-Weeks available July 5–August 20, 2022
Private instruction consists of lessons where an individual student learns to play an instrument or to sing, developing technical skills and artistic abilities through one-on-one instruction. Semi-private lessons are for two students with one instructor. Students must play the same instrument at the same level. Instruction is available in the following instruments:
Voice – Bass (upright & electric) – Cello – Clarinet – Drums – Flute – Guitar (acoustic & electric) – Music Theory – Piano – Saxophone – Violin
Lessons missed by a teacher will be made up. Lessons missed by a student with 24 hours notice may be made up at the discretion of the teacher, for a maximum of one missed lesson.
Private music students’ accomplishments are showcased in our winter and spring recitals. This offers all students the opportunity to perform for family and friends in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Private Lesson Fees
Private lessons are available for 30, 45, or 60 minutes and run for 7 weeks. Payment plan available.
Semi-Private Lesson Fees
Semi-Private lessons are available for 30, 45, or 60 minutes and run for 7 weeks. The school does not provide a partner for semi-private lessons.
All music lessons require a $20 insurance fee for Community.
Group Music Instruction
7 Saturdays – July 9 to August 20, 2022
Group lessons provide quality instruction in an affordable group setting (5-8 students). Not all classes are offered every session.
Creative Violin 1
A creative class that is 50% arts and crafts, 50% violin, and 100% fun! Students and families begin the semester by constructing a life-size violin out of cardboard. In the process, students learn the parts of the violin, how to properly care for and hold the violin, and take ownership of the instrument. In the second part of the semester, students “graduate” from a cardboard violin to a real, working violin; students learn the basics of posture, bow hold, pizzicato (plucking), arco (playing with the bow), playing on open strings, and music literacy. Student violins are provided through the Tom Freston Instrument Library; students are encouraged to take their instruments home to practice.
Beginning Violin 1
A small-group class that teaches the basics of violin performance and music literacy. Students will learn the parts of the instrument, how to hold the instrument and bow, how to play various bowing patterns on open strings, and begin to play with fingers on the fingerboard. By the end of the semester, students will be comfortable playing simple scales and songs on the violin. Student violins are provided through the Tom Freston Instrument Library; students are expected to take their instruments home to practice between classes.
A small-group class taught in our keyboard lab that teaches the basics of keyboard performance and music literacy. Students participate in age-appropriate games, activities, and simple songs that emphasize the fundamentals of playing piano. Students are encouraged to keep a piano or small keyboard at home for athome practice.
A small-group class taught in our keyboard lab that teaches the basics of keyboard performance and music literacy including rhythm, pitch, tempo, and dynamics. By the end the semester, students will be comfortable playing simple songs on the piano. Many students take Beginning Piano for two or more semesters before enrolling in private lessons. Students are encouraged to keep a piano or small keyboard at home for at-home practice.
A small-group glass that teaches the basics of guitar performance. Topics include tuning, chords, strumming patterns, and guitar care. By the end of the semester, students will be comfortable playing songs with simple chord changes on the guitar. Student guitars are provided through the Tom Freston Instrument Library; students are expected to take their instruments home to practice between classes.
Beginning Violin 2
A small-group class that continues the skills, technique introduced in Beginning Violin 1. Students will gain increased confidence and expand their repertoire. Student violins are provided through the Tom Freston Instrument Library; students are expected to take their instruments home to practice between classes. After completing Beginning Violin 2, students are encouraged to enroll in private lessons.
Beginning Violin 1
Beginning Piano 2
Pre-requisite: Beginning Piano 1
& permission of instructor
Group Class Policies
Face masks and social distancing protocols must be adhered to by all participants.
There are no refunds or make-ups for student absences. In the event that an instructor is unable to teach a class, when possible, a substitute instructor will be supplied and the class will be held. If a substitute cannot be secured, the class will be made up on the earliest date possible.
The Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn and Music for Youth Scholarship Funds provide a limited amount of partial and full scholarships for music lessons for students who qualify for financial assistance. To apply for a scholarship, please call (718) 792-1800, ext. 236.
Free Instrument Loans
The Tom Freston Instrument Lending Library
We are delighted to offer instruments available for loan, free of charge, for use during lessons at Bronx House and practice at home.
Group Instruction Fees
Community: $196, plus $20 insurance fee
The Dance Studio at Bronx House
7 Saturdays – July 9 to August 20, 2022
Welcome to The Dance Studio at Bronx House, where we offer a variety of dance classes that provide a strong foundation in diverse dance styles to children and youth of different ages and abilities. Our comprehensive and sequential approach fosters technique, artistry, and healthy exercise while our professional faculty provide individual attention in small class settings. Whether you are a first-time student interested in a recreational activity or one who is considering dance as a profession, we have a class for you.
Classes for Children and Youth
Our school-year schedule consists of three 10-week semesters. Check the office or website for our current schedule. Not all classes are offered every semester.
Our studio offers classes for youth in the following styles: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, as well as a comprehensive
Pre-School Dance program for ages 1.5-5. All students must be the minimum age by the first lesson of the session.
Dance students’ accomplishments are showcased in our end-of-semester recitals. These offer all students the opportunity to perform for friends and family in a supportive and nurturing environment.
The Dance Studio at Bronx House has a required uniform to help students learn discipline, structure, and respect for themselves and their art form, and to help keep the attention on the instruction. All classes have their own designated color to highlight students’ accomplishments as they progress from one level to another.
Centre Stage Boutique, located at 504 Fifth Avenue in Pelham (914) 738-9600 is a designated clothing and shoe provider for The Dance Studio at Bronx House, offering high quality at affordable prices. Learn more about proper attire for each class.
w/parent or caregiver
A joyful, fun class that encourages self-discipline, independence, and self-confidence in young children, while teaching balance, coordination, and rhythm through the use of movement games, song, and dance.
Must be 3 years old by first lesson of session
An exciting introduction to the world of ballet designed especially for the preschool child, this class helps the young student increase their body awareness, heighten their coordination, and begin to learn basic ballet steps and French terminology all while having fun. Emphasis is placed on developing a good foundation, increasing attention span, listening skills, and instilling a love for dance.
Ages 3 & 4
Must be 4 years old by first lesson of session
Students in this combination class will develop coordination, flexibility, rhythm, and body awareness through an introduction to two different sets of dance skills – beginner ballet and basic tap techniqueallowing children to experience both styles. The structure of a dance class will be introduced, and emphasis is placed on increasing attention span, adopting class courtesies such as taking turns, raising hands, respecting personal space, listening and instilling a love for dance.
Ages 4 & 5
10-11 am or 12-1 pm
This class follows the format of a typical ballet class and includes basic barre exercises, center practice, and learning combinations while building strength, proper alignment, and agility. Students begin learning basic French terms and proper technique. Emphasis is placed on developing a good foundation, increasing attention span, and instilling a love for dance. Students begin to learn personal responsibility for their own supplies (i.e. shoes, tights, hair supplies etc.) Increases the number of steps, terms, strength, and flexibility as compared to Pre-Ballet.
Ages 5 & 6
Ballet Level A
New students ages 12 and up with permission of director. In this class there will be an increased focus on body placement; longer combinations, musicality, and technique will be emphasized. Dancers at this level will be encouraged to increase their number of ballet classes per week to two by age 10, to develop the strength necessary to continue on to the pre-pointe level. It is common to spend 2 years at this level, as more advanced technique and individualized corrections will be standard in the class, as well as a continuance of perfecting steps and technique.
Ages 8 & up
Pre-requisite: at least one full year of Intro to Classical Ballet and/or permission of instructor
Must be 6 years old by first lesson of session. Students will build a fundamental knowledge of tap dance through learning a repertoire of tap dance steps and begin combining these steps to create longer rhythms. Students will learn about rhythm (syncopation), proper use of the foot, weight change, posture, physical conditioning and development of fine motor skills. Students will be challenged through an emphasis on sound clarity, rhythm patterns and performance style.
Contemporary Dance 1
Modern/Contemporary classes teach the body to move as an expressive tool, using body, spatial and sensory awareness in exploring movement. Concepts such as breath, floor work, strength, flexibility, weight, and energy are used to create unique combinations and develop artistic and technical performance.
Intro to Classical Ballet
Learn the basics of classical ballet in a welcoming, encouraging environment. Students will develop technique, musicality and grace while progressing at a steady pace over the session. This class follows the format of a typical ballet class and includes basic barre exercises, center practice, and learning combinations while building strength, proper alignment, and agility. Students learn basic French terms and proper stretching technique. Emphasis is placed on developing a good foundation, increasing attention span, and instilling a love for dance. Students begin to learn personal responsibility for their own supplies (i.e. shoes, tights, hair supplies etc.) Increases the number of steps, terms, strength, and flexibility as compared to Ballet Beginnings. It is common to spend 2 years at this level, as more advanced technique and individualized corrections will be standard in the class, as well as a continuance of perfecting steps and technique.
Hip Hop 1
In both Hip Hop 1 & 2, these upbeat and energetic classes students develop rhythm, coordination and self-expression using the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking to today’s popular music. Students will be encouraged to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. As Hip Hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves, classes include upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.
Hip Hop 2
Ages 12 & up
The Dance Studio Fees
Preschool thru age 17
Community: $158, plus $20 insurance fee for community
- There will be a $25 late fee for participants who register on or after the first day of classes
- Partial scholarships are available for those who qualify
- 10% Multi-Class or Sibling/Parent Discounts available
- Costume fees may apply for Spring Semester Recital
7 Saturdays – July 9 to August 20, 2022
Intro to Acting I
Through the use of theater games and improvisation techniques, Introduction to Acting I introduces young students to the basics of acting: Concentration, imagination, and spontaneous expression. Through a sense of fun and exploring, children are encouraged to refine their listening skills and collaborate with one another.
Community: $158, plus $20 insurance fee