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A great actor can communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings by behaving naturally and believably in imaginary circumstances. Our goal is to help our actors to develop reading, speech, movement, improvisation, and character development skills so that they can learn to tell a story through their acting. We offer acting classes for performers of all experience levels, from 1st grade through adults. What story do you want to tell?
Dance keeps the body and the brain active. It offers a way to improve strength and flexibility. Dance helps you to learn about your body and improves your posture and balance, improves self-esteem, and offers a creative outlet for you to express yourself in a safe environment. Dance is telling a story through movement. We offer dance classes for movers and shakers age 3 through adult. No matter your experience level we have a dance class for you!
What is Music Together®?
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and the adults who love them.
Music Together® classes are based on the understanding that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. By emphasizing actual music experiences rather than concepts about music, Music Together introduces children to the pleasures of making music instead of passively receiving it from CDs or TV.
Central to the Music Together® approach is that young children learn best from powerful role models such as parents and caregivers who are actively making music. The program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and by facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home.
A Music Together® class is designed as a community of families sharing songs, playing instruments, doing rhythm chants, and movement activities in a relaxed, playful, non-performance oriented setting. The classes involve moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, and very young children ages infant to 5-years old. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers participate at their own levels in family-style classes of mixed ages. Parents and caregivers contribute to the enrichment of their child’s music environment-regardless of their own musical abilities.
Come and make music together with us!
Studies suggest that children as young as four years old can enjoy a lifetime of benefits from early exposure to piano. In fact, pediatric researchers have found evidence that when a child begins learning to play the piano, or takes up any type of musical instrument, this stimulates certain areas of the brain that controls their fine motor skills, memory and speech.
Learning to play the piano is the easiest way to learn to read music. Each key on the piano has a corresponding note on the staff. This makes it much easier to visualize pitch relationships than if one were singing or playing an instrument that has fewer keys and fewer notes in its range. Music notation also challenges a piano student to determine how long notes must be played for, how many beats there are in a measure, and which note gets one beat during that measure.These types of mental exercises and hand-eye coordination tasks appear to help strengthen a child’s academic performance. The foundational music skills that piano study gives to students are paramount to excelling in a career as a musician.
Voice – The love of singing is something that people of all ages can experience and enjoy and here at PPAS we are dedicated to helping you find your own voice. A studio grounded in contemporary voice training techniques, we are happy to help you explore any genre of music that interests you, whether that be pop, opera, rock, music theater, or something else, all while emphasizing strong, healthy technique. Specializing in helping people prepare for auditions and performance opportunities, PPAS has had students on stage at every theatre company in our area including American Music Theatre, The Fulton and Dutch Apple. Students have also gone on to study at top programs throughout the country such as NYU, Point Park, AMDA, Pace, Temple and more! Whether you’re looking to be the best “shower singer” you can be, or you are a serious performer pursuing a career in the performing arts, our personal approach to helping you develop your individual voice can help you succeed!
Interested in seeing one of our performances, recitals or productions? Would you like to audition to be a part of one of them? Check our events page for the most up-to-date information about what’s going on at PPAS!