In the summer of 1997, as a jazz vocalist with a strong background in dance, Gabriele Tranchina was searching for a way to share her knowledge with the next generation. At the suggestion of a close friend, she attended a training program to become a Music Together® Teacher.
Upon completion of the training, Ms. Tranchina was approved for a license to open a Music Together® center in Morningside Heights on 114 St and Broadway. The first class consisted of 7 families. From that point on, the number of families steadily increased.
In 1999, Tiana Norgren, of the Children’s Play Club of Morningside Gardens, approached Gabriele with the prospect of holding Saturday classes there. The Morningside Garden Community is offering families of moderate income the possibility of buying corporate apartments for an affordable rate. Together with the MG Play Club group, Sol La Ti’s Music Together has been able to offer classes to the MG residents on Saturdays at a discounted price. The Saturday morning classes have been ongoing, enabling families of moderate income to enjoy this highly educational program with their children.
To find out more on how Sol La Ti got started and lived through 9/11 and more: HERE.
Sol La Ti’s Music Together in Harlem
As many families from the Harlem community were in need of a location further uptown, a third location was started in the Spring of 2003 at the Harlem School of the Arts. Judith Insell, a Harlem parent, musician and educator made possible this wonderful connection. When HSA almost went into Bankruptcy the classes were moved to Grace Congregational Churches Community space at 318 West 139 Street.
There were two attempts made to offer Music Together in Central Harlem without success. Finally in 2015 a wonderful locaton was found in the Church of the Master.
Sol La Ti’s Music Together Outreach in Harlem
Ms Tranchina is reaching out to partner organizations in the Harlem community in order to help the families in Harlem of lower income receive the Music Together curriculum. If you know of any organization interested, please contact her.
Music Together in Monroe, NY
In 2015 Ms Tranchina was approached by the Orange County School of Dance in Monroe, NY to offer Music Together Upstate NY. A class was started in the fall of the same year and is gaining more and more recognition.
Sol La Ti’s Music Together in Preschools
Since 2014 Budding Blossoms Daycare has signed up to offer the Music Together curriculum for their Daycare center. It has been a great joy to see the children of this Harlem Preschool blossom in the care of our teacher Mia Neibert DeJesus.
In 2016 we were also very fortunate to bring our preschool model to a Headstart program in the Bronx called Sheltering Arms.
As one of the smaller centers in Manhattan, the emphasis of these locations is a very personal one. In addition to teaching the Music Together classes, our staff is interested in tightening the community bond, helping to create a feeling of a cozy neighborhood within the Big Apple. Many play dates and friendships start in class, and parents and caregivers feel welcome in a comfortable and relaxed setting.
We are proud to say that the families who join our locations successfully understand the value of active participation in class. Their joyful contributions enable us to hold great classes. This wonderful class experience, accompanied by the reinforcement of the songs at home, results in the children finding joy in music, dance and music making. This joy can follow them for a lifetime. We hope to help our next generation to become active music makers, more aware of the quality of music and its diversity.