The Community Music & Arts Network is an all ages, all access community music organization serving the Western Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. We offer private lessons in voice, piano, woodwinds, guitar, drums, theory, songwriting, and music competency, community music facilitation, early childhood parent/child and preschool classes, after school music programs, and a summer jam camp. In addition, we provide musical outreach services to special needs populations and those residing in economically challenged and geographically isolated areas, as well as arts in education support for local school districts, home schooled, and preschool students. The Community Music and Arts Network is a licensed provider of the award-winning, research-based, internationally acclaimed Music Together® program. For more information on this program, visit the national website at www.musictogether.com or click the link at the bottom of this page.
NOW REGISTERING FOR WINTER & SPRING 2016 MUSIC TOGETHER MIXED AGE FAMILY CLASSES
(Parent/Caregivers & Children
birth to age seven)
Current Class Schedule:
Wednesdays at 4:30 & 5:30 pm
Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center
Production Center Hospitality Room
24 Market Street, Oneonta, NY 13820
Thursdays at 10:00 am
Inter-generational & Outreach Class
Robynwood Assisted Living Center
43 Walnut Street in Oneonta, NY
(corner of Walnut & Maple)
Downstairs Activity/Dining Room
Starting February 4th:
Thursdays at 3:00 & 4:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church of Cooperstown
69 Fair Street, Cooperstown, NY
Starting February 27th:
Saturdays at 10:00 am
Inter-generational & Outreach
Stamford Senior Living Center
Corner of S. Delaware & Buntline
Other classes coming soon to the Catskill Mountain communities of Margaretville & Delhi, New York.
Please give us a call
607-652-2330 or (607) 441-8448
Or email FunMusic4Kids@aol.com
to schedule your
FREE Sample Class!
Research shows that the most important time to begin musical training is in early childhood. Music is processed in the brain like a language, so the best time to start working on the basic skills necessary for more advanced musical instruction later in life is from birth to age seven. In addition, children who are actively engaged in singing, dancing, finger play, chants, and rhythm instrument play also experience significant gains in the areas of cognitive (intelligence), language, physical, social, and emotional development.
In this early childhood music program, parents and caregivers learn how to be musical with their children, modeling active music making or "musiking" skills while children develop basic tonal and rhythmic skills through active musical play that will provide a foundation for future musical experiences, whether that be formal lessons or simply a lifelong joy of competent participation in the music of their culture and community.
This class is a great way to spend quality time with your child or family while also socializing with other parents/caregivers and children in the community. The social bonding power of a mixed age family music class also creates lasting friendships, in addition to enhancing your family's quality of life through joyful music play. Many parents have agreed that the class provides therapeutic exercise and stress relief as well!
No previous experience in music is necessary, and many parents and caregivers who lack basic music skills (the ability to sing in tune and keep a beat) find that their own abilities improve over time.
Visit our "About Us" tab for more information about our Director/Facilitator Pamela West-Finkle ("Miss Pam").
We hope you'll join us for a free demonstration class so you can experience for yourself the fun this approach to fundamental music learning.
We also offer Music Together in-school, preschool, outreach, and intergenerational programs. If you would like to discuss implementing this program or a custom designed program in your school, camp, facility, senior community, or if you would like to hold a special family event (including birthday parties), please contact Pamela West-Finkle, Director. FunMusic4Kids@aol.com or
Over the last twenty years, Pamela West-Finkle has created and implemented community music programs and workshops through the YMCA Jumpstart Program in Oneonta, NY; the Oneonta Nursery School; Kiddie Corner Preschool, Stamford Central School, and CAMP HERE in Stamford, NY; Pink Elephant Preschool and the Roxbury Arts Group in Roxbury, NY; Early Head Start - Opportunities for Otsego; the Robynwood Assisted Living Center in Oneonta, NY; Project Independence in Hobart, NY; Delaware County Department of Social Services; the Pine Hill Community Center in Pine Hill, NY; the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild; Kids in the Kaatskills; Saugerties Art Club & Library; Red Bank Preschool and the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ; the Highlands, NJ Community Center; the Monmouth County Parks System in Monmouth County, NJ; Whitmore Lake Public Library in Whitmore Lake, MI, Girl Scouts of America/Camp Innisfree in Howell, MI; Ann Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, MI; and the Village of Burbank Park in Burbank, Ohio. She is also a vendor for Springbrook, providing inclusive opportunities for exceptional individuals.
Angelfly Records, Inc.
Music to Heal the Planet
Angel Pam West & Friends' Unicorn Crossing ~ an all ages children's album, wins a 2012 Parent's Choice Recommended Award!
click on Products for reviews, links to CDBaby, and other music selections...
Music Learning Supports All Learning®
Music and movement for babies, toddlers, preschoolers . . . and the grownups who love them®
2012 Summer Jam Camp Rocked!
Thank you to everyone who participated to make the 2012 The 2012
camp was made possible by a grant from the O'Connor Foundation,
administered by Performance Plus of Stamford. A huge thank you to our
hosts, the SEVA Foundation, Inc., and to Music Square of Oneonta, Wired
Heifer House Studios of Roxbury, Matt Woodin, and Theodore Finkle for
providing PA systems, amps, microphones, and cables. Also thank you to
our business sponsors who donated to assist with scholarships for local
Jam Camp a success!
Back Row, L-R: KC Rockwell, Sam Breckenridge,
Dominick Parker, CIT Matt Keating, counselor Jefferson Piazek, counselor AJ
Pizcz, counselor Julian Nottage, Larissa Schultis, Cass Kadow, Poeu
Breckenridge, Bobby Williams, Ed Newman, Kevin Prior. Front Row, L-R: Khadyja
Jalloh, Addison Harmon, Cora Van Kingsley, Anthony Ortiz, Jessica Alexander,
Destiny Ray Falconio, Emma Sanzone, Lauren Whritner, Dakota Key, Toby Harmon.
Not pictured: Isabelle Sears Surface, John Hultenius, counselor in training
Caleb Howland, counselor Sean Degan, director Pamela
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