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The Discovery program is only offered for kindergarten and first graders. Please select a different department.

Chess is not currently offered for children in Kindergarten and First grade. The Discovery program was designed to introduce young children the visual and performing arts. Please see the full description below.

Dance classes are not currently offered for children in Kindergarten and First grade. The Discovery program was designed to introduce young children the visual and performing arts. Please see the full description below.

Writing classes are not currently offered for children in Kindergarten and First grade. The Discovery program was designed to introduce young children the visual and performing arts. Please see the full description below.

Music classes are not currently offered for children in Kindergarten and First grade. The Discovery program was designed to introduce young children the visual and performing arts. Please see the full description below.

Theater classes are not currently offered for children in Kindergarten and First grade. The Discovery program was designed to introduce young children the visual and performing arts. Please see the full description below.

Art classes are not currently offered for children in Kindergarten and First grade. The Discovery program was designed to introduce young children the visual and performing arts. Please see the full description below.

Nature classes are not currently offered for children in Kindergarten and First grade. The Discovery program was designed to introduce young children the visual and performing arts. Please see the full description below.

Full Program

Available for: Grades K to 1

Session: 3, 4 or 7 weeks

Description: A unique program of summer fun and exploration in the arts for boys & girls currently in Kindergarten or First Grade. Children are placed into small groups, each with a college-age counselor who guides them throughout the day. The Discovery program is situated in the woodland setting of Usdan's newest building, the state-of-the-art Ross Discovery Center. Daily activities are drawn from a curriculum that includes Chorus, Painting & Ceramics, Swim, and Personal Journal Writing. Discovery classes are fun explorations in the arts that offer an introduction to the exciting world of Usdan's varied programs in music, art, theater, and dance.

Supplemental Program
Supplemental Program

Available for: Grades 2 to 3

Session: 3, 4 or 7 weeks

Description: As a student in the Partners program, you will be greeted each day by a high-school age CIT. This CIT will lead your group to classes and you will join you for lunch and the daily assembly.

Available for: Grades 2 to 3

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: As a student in the Partners program, you will be greeted each day by a high-school age CIT. This CIT will lead your group to classes and you will join you for lunch and the daily assembly.

There are no music programs available at this time that match your selection.

MAJORS- 2 periods daily

class: CONCERT BAND

Available for: Grades 3 to 6 (Junior Division)
7-12 (Senior Division)

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Four bands offer performance opportunities for students of varying ages and abilities. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction with note reading. Concerts feature student performances of classic and contemporary band literature. 1 hour of Band and 1 hour in a sectional lesson daily.
For Wind, Brass and Percussion instruments.

class: SENIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Available for: Grades 9 to 12 (by audition)

Session:7 weeks

Description: Three hours daily include classes in improvisation, jazz ensemble and concert band. For advanced jazz players.

class: INTERMEDIATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Available for: Grades 6 to 8

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Two to three hours daily include 2 periods of jazz ensemble and one period of concert band. 6th graders will also have a period of sectional lesson, and no additional minor is chosen. 7-8th graders must choose a minor. One year of prior instrumental music instruction is required.

class: ORCHESTRA

Available for: Grades 3 to 6 (Junior Division)
7-12 (Senior Division)

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Orchestras for students of varying ages and abilities. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction with note reading. Usdan Orchestras perform major symphonic works and collaborate with other Usdan ensembles. 1 hour of Orchestra and 1 hour in a sectional lesson daily.
For String instruments.

class: SENIOR CHORUS

Available for: Grades 7 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Two hours daily devoted to major choral works with opportunities for small ensemble singing.

class: JUNIOR CHORUS

Available for: Grades 2 to 6

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: A popular major for young singers, the Junior Chorus presents a choral concert in July and a theater revue in August.

class: CLASSICAL GUITAR

Available for: Grades 4 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Two hours daily of classical instruction. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction.

class: CLASSICAL PIANO

Available for: Grades 3 to 12 (by audition)

Session: 7 weeks

Description: A unique program of group instruction. Students are placed by ability and study technique and solo repertoire. They are also introduced to the joys of ensemble playing. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction. Studios are equipped with new Yamaha professional pianos.

 
MINORS - 1 period daily

There are no major classes available for the 3-week music program.

MINORS - 1 period daily

class: SENIOR CHORUS

Available for: Grades 7 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

class: SELECT CHAMBER CHOIR

Available for: Grades 9 to 12 (by audition)

Session: 7 weeks

class: JUNIOR CHORUS

Available for: Grades 2 to 6

Session: 3, 4 or 7 weeks

class: CHAMBER MUSIC

Available for: Grades 7 to 12 (limited availability, by audition)

Session: 7 weeks

class: JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Available for: Grades 7 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

class: FOLK GUITAR

Available for: Grades 4 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

class: BAND, ORCHESTRA

Available for: Grades 7 to 9

Session: 7 weeks

MAJORS- 2 periods daily

class: PAINTING & DRAWING

Available for: Grades 2 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Creative drawing and painting using acrylics, pastels and related media.

class: SEWING AND FASHION PRODUCTION

Available for: Grades 4 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: This introductory course is focused on sewing basics and beginning design. Students learn how to create fashion from concept to construction.

class: CARTOONING

Available for: Grades 5 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: An introduction to classic cartooning techniques and characters, with projects designed from concept to finished product. Techniques include thumbnail sketches and breakdowns, penciling, inking, and page layout. Students develop and design their own characters.

class: ILLUSTRATION AND BOOK DESIGN

Available for: Grades 7 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

Description: The art of creating illustrated stories from concept to completion. Students learn skills in design, layout, and illustration in order to create an original book.

class: ANIMATION

Available for: Grades 7 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Fundamentals of 2D animation, in which students are introduced to both handdrawn and computer generated imagery.

class: CERAMICS

Available for: Grades 2 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Experimentation with hand forming, turning on the potter’s wheel, ceramic design and sculpture, and glaze technology.

class: SCULPTURE

Available for: Grades 2 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Exploration of three-dimensional forms, abstract and representational, in wood, stone, clay, plaster, wire and metal.

class: Art Adventure

Available for: Grades 2 to 4

Session: 3, 4 or 7 weeks (3 or 4 week students may not extend to the 7 week program)

Description: An exploratory art experience in which students are introduced to a variety of media, including drawing, painting, hand-building ceramics, and sculpture.

class: JEWELRY & FINE METALSMITHING

Available for: Grades 4 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Design and creation of jewelry using a wide variety of metals and stones. Curriculum selected from techniques such as cover cutting, piercing, riveting, soldering, stone setting, and glass fusing.

class: PHOTOGRAPHY

Available for: Grades 4 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Photographic composition, printing, ­imaging, enhancement, and presentation on Apple Macintosh computers. Students supply their own digital camera.

class: STUDIO ART

Available for: Grades 5 to 12

Session: 3 or 4 weeks (3 or 4 week students may not extend to the 7 week program)

Description: A 3 or 4-week introduction to two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. Class content is drawn from art forms such as drawing, painting, hand-building ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, collage, or others.

class: VIDEO ARTS

Available for: Grades 5 to 6

Session: 7 weeks

Description: An introduction to video production using state-of-the-art studio and portable recording and editing equipment. The curriculum covers elements of storyboarding and plot development, camera technique, and video editing. Student projects are created by collaborative teams of student writers, editors, actors, directors, and camera operators.

class: VIDEO AS A FILM ART

Available for: Grades 7 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

Description: A video production course with classes focused on classic and contemporary cinematic technique. Students create short videos inspired by film and television, and also collaborate in the recording of Usdan performances to create music videos. Videos are created by student writers, editors, actors, directors, and camera operators. Recording and post-production take place in the Media Arts Center’s professionally equipped studios and editing suites.

class: Video Game Art and Design

Available for: Grades 4 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

Description: An introduction to the creation and development of non-violent Video Games.

 
MINORS - 1 period daily

class: PAINTING & DRAWING

Available for: Grades 2 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Creative drawing and painting using acrylics, pastels and related media.

class: LIFE DRAWING

Available for: Grades 7 to 12 (For Art Majors Only)

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: An exploration of the human form for advanced artists. Students will learn the principles of life drawing with the aid of draped models.

There are no theater programs available at this time that match your selection.

MAJORS- 2 periods daily
MAJORS- 2 periods daily

class: USDAN REPERTORY THEATER COMPANY

Available for: Grades 9 to 12 (by audition)

Session: 7 weeks

Description: For advanced actors, emphasis is on company responsibility for the entire production process. This company will present one musical and one drama. *4 PERIOD, FULL-DAY PROGRAM

class: TECHNICAL THEATER

Available for: Grades 9 to 12 (experience required)

Session: 7 weeks

Description: An advanced level course for experienced theater tech students in grades 10 through 12. The program builds on each student's experience in project organization and process, as students also participate in hands-on tech activities in Usdan's theaters. 4-Period program. Limited enrollment. *4 PERIOD, FULL-DAY PROGRAM

class: DRAMA

Available for: Grades 7 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Classes with emphasis on acting, speech, movement and comedy.

class: MUSICAL THEATER

Available for: Grades 4 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks (4 week students may not extend to the 7 week program)

Description: Classes with emphasis on acting, speech, movement, voice and dance.

class: THEATER ADVENTURE

Available for: Grades 2 to 3

Session: 7 weeks

Description: An exploratory theater experience in which students are introduced to basic acting and singing skills, and to the traditions of the stage.

class: Musical Theater

Available for: Grades 7 to 12

Session: 3 weeks

Description: Classes with emphasis on acting, speech, movement, voice and dance.

 
MINORS - 1 period daily

class: ACTOR'S SKILLS

Available for: Grades 7 to 12 (For theater majors only)

Session: 7 weeks

Description: This non-performance elective provides theater majors with a broad range of fundamental approaches to the challenges faced by young actors.

class: AUDITION WORKSHOP

Available for: Grades 7 to 12 (For theater majors only)

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Training in the acting and singing components of a musical theater audition. Includes instruction in choosing material that highlights the strengths of each student.

MAJORS- 2 periods daily

class: BALLET

Available for: Grades 2 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Study of classical technique including barre and center exercises, across the floor combinations and performance of original choreography or classic repertory. Beg., Int., & Adv. levels in the Partners and Junior Divisions; Int. & Adv. levels only in the Senior Division (Minimum of 3 consecutive years of study).

class: DANCE ADVENTURE

Available for: Grades 2 to 4

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: An exploratory dance experience for beginners in which students are introduced to a variety of forms, including jazz, modern, ballet, and popular/contemporary dance.

class: USDAN DANCE INTENSIVE

Available for: Grades 7 to 12 (by audition; call for details)

Session: 7 weeks

Description: A select program for advanced dancers. Choose between a focus in Ballet or Jazz & Tap. Four-period, full-day program. *4 PERIODS, FULL-DAY PROGRAM

class: JAZZ & TAP

Available for: Grades 4 to 12 (by audition)

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Int./Adv. level class. Explore contemporary dance forms from classic jazz and tap traditions. Students must have prior experience.

 
MINORS - 1 period daily

class: BALLET

Available for: Grades 2 to 6

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Beg. & Int. levels.

class: MODERN DANCE

Available for: Grades 2 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Beg. & Int./Adv. levels. Incorporating ­elements of classical ballet, improvisation, and structured movement, Usdan's Modern Dance program is based in Martha Graham technique.

class: TAP DANCE

Available for: Grades 2 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Beg., Int., & Adv. levels.

class: JAZZ DANCE

Available for: Grades 4 to 12

Session: 7 weeks

Description: Contemporary dance forms drawn from Broadway and classic jazz traditions.

MAJORS- 2 periods daily

Chess is not currently offered for second graders. Please choose another department.

class: CHESS

Available for: Grades 3 to 12

Session: 3, 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Usdan's chess program is designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Multiple classes offer instruction to beginner through advanced players. Players new to chess learn its rules, notation and the opening, middle and end games. Technique is acquired in organized and free play with other students and faculty. Advanced players develop a repertory of game strategies.

 
MINORS - 1 period daily

class: CHESS

Available for: Grades 3 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

MAJORS- 2 periods daily

Writing is not currently offered for second graders. Please choose another department.

Writing is not currently offered as a major for third graders. Please choose another department.

class: CREATIVE WRITING

Available for:Grades 4 to 12

Session:4 or 7 weeks

Description: The writing of stories, plays and poems. Participation in the production of Usdan Center's literary magazine, Painting with Words.

 
MINORS - 1 period daily

class: CREATIVE WRITING

Available for:Grades 3 to 12

Session:7 weeks

Description: Instruction and practice in the writing of stories and poems.

There are no nature programs available at this time that match your selection.

There are no nature programs available at this time that match your selection.

MAJORS- 2 periods daily

class: Nature, Ecology & Design

Available for: Grades 2 to 6

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Usdan's magnificent ­forest provides a vibrant setting to study Long Island's ecosystems. Hands-on projects include garden and forest exploration, and the experience of nature as realized in science, art, and craft.

class: Organic Gardening and Simple Food

Available for: Grades 4 to 6

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: The art of planning, and the hands-on growing and cultivation of Usdan's organic fruit and vegetable gardens, together with the preparation of simple dishes with ingredients from the harvest.

 
MINORS - 1 period daily

class: Nature, Ecology & Design

Available for: Grades 2 to 6

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

class: Organic Gardening & Simple Food

Available for: Grades 4 to 6

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

MINORS- 1 period daily

class: RECREATIONAL SPORTS

Available for: Grades 2 to 12

Session: 3, 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Light recreational sports such as basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, badminton, archery and board games.

class: GROUP TENNIS

Available for: Grades 3 to 12

Session: 4 or 7 weeks

Description: Daily instruction and play, on Usdan's courts, under the ­guidance of trained tennis instructors. A non-competitive beginner and intermediate program, with students placed in groups according to age. Choose Group Tennis minor either as an elective, or in place of swim. *Additional fee of $475. Limited openings.

1 period daily

Description: Students will be assigned one period daily of instructional and/or recreational swim in Usdan's beautiful outdoor pools. Bring a towel and bathing suit every day.