About our methodology


The main objective at Pravytsya (pronounced Pra-vih-tsYA) is creating an environment in which children learn the many facets of Ukrainian folklore through socialization with their peers. We consider ourselves not only a place for learning, but close friends who learn and grow together in a Ukrainian-speaking environment.

Every song and game we teach children helps them connect with and respect their natural surroundings, just as our ancestors did. Our instructors don’t simply show children how to make Ukrainian pysanky (Easter eggs) or just teach them a particular carol, but rather explain the rich history surrounding these and many other traditions of Ukrainian culture.

Our unique approach to teaching songs to young children, focuses on repetition, developing range and an ear for music and concentrating on sounding out notes. The vocal aspect of the program is accentuated by children experiencing a variety of authentic Ukrainian folk instruments, furthering their knowledge of the history of folk music.


Lessons

At Pravytsya folk studio even the two-year-olds sing!

Singing and vocal exercise are an integral part of our students’ music lessons which include learning songs and improvisation. Craft projects, games and theatrical productions are additional means through which children learn about Ukrainian culture.

Pravytsya studio also offers master classes in floral design and straw braiding, pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg) making, pottery and many other traditional Ukrainian folk crafts.


Instrumental instruction

We employ modern methods of instruction and an individual approach

Our goal is to always create an interesting and fun lesson for your child where he or she can explore playing the piano, sopilka (Ukrainian woodwind instrument similar to the flute) or drums.


Our successes

Our children frequently participate in various music festivals and charity events

Pravytsya folk studio’s goal is to revive and cultivate Ukrainian traditions, provide children with a happy, pleasant environment where they can interact in the Ukrainian language through games and songs.

Since the studio’s beginnings, Pravytsya children have been involved in such popular Ukrainian festivals as Krayina Mriy, Trypilske Kolo, Oreli, Kalyna ob Rizdvi, Zhyly-Buly. We have performed at charity events for organizations like Koronatsiya Slova, Mystetska Skarbnytsya, Nove Pokolinnya and others. The studio has also staged various concerts in honor of Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas, St. Nicholas Day (dedicated to Kyiv’s children and orphans) and many city-wide ecology awareness festivals.


Student recordings



Horobchyku (Little sparrow)
Children

Kryvyi Tanets (traditional Ukrainian folk dance of repetitive circular movement)
Children

Lety Hulyu (a spring children’s song about a bird tasked with bringing summer warmth)
Children



Tsarivna (Princess)
Children

Dyby (children’s song about mushroom collecting)
Vasylyna

Sonechko (Sunshine)
Vasylyna



Testimonials



 Olena Kravchenko
Pravytsya is a part of our life! We were searching for a place where our son could better understand who we are as Ukrainians and the origins of our traditions. We found it! We love Pravytsya and its teachers and the pleasant atmosphere at each lesson. We are especially grateful for all that he has learned and for all the spiritual nurturing through the exploration of folk traditions. I so enjoy it when I praise him for something he’s done well and refer to him as a “sylach” (muscle man) and he responds with: “No mom, I’m a Cossack!” I also enjoy when he sings me the old Ukrainian lullaby “Oy Khodyt Son” (The dream passes by the window), or when he asks to collect flowers and make a doll or horse. I’m also very happy when he simply just wants to speak Ukrainian and for this I am extremely grateful to the staff at Pravytsya folk studio and to all the people we’ve met because of Pravytsya. It’s through our involvement in this organization that we honor what is ours and realize who we are as Ukrainians. Mnohaya lita Pravytsya (Many happy years)! We love you!



Sofia Riabchuk 
Our four-year-old daughter Ustynka has mastered many folk songs over the last two years at Pravytsya and has even learned to intonate. She also corrects us (her parents) if we’ve forgotten the words or are singing off key. Investing your child’s time with the professional staff at Pravytsya is a beneficial, win-win for their future! It was especially astonishing to us that the instructors got our three-year-old to play the drums which were much bigger than her! She has not only learned to feel rhythm, but to play various parts, properly hold the drum stick and sing all at the same time. This was such a wonderful surprise for us. We’ve picked up this talent and have been cultivating it for over a year.



 Tetyana Danylenko
Pravytsya is the brain child of some very progressive, young and energetic individuals. It may be difficult to understand how this is related to folklore, but what comes out is certainly not kitsch but interesting activities for children and parents alike. Children aren’t simply taught to sing songs but to think and develop many creative talents. But perhaps the most significant characteristic of the Pravytsya folk studio is the atmosphere itself and the level of interaction with children. They’re always spoken to as people who have the ability to think.



Fees and Schedule

Prices below are valid for contracts (10-12 children in a group)

Group*

Days

Time

Price(uah)

Enrollment

2 1/2-4-year-olds

M and W

10:30-11:20am

1000

Open

2 1/2-4-year-olds

M and W

6:30-7:20pm

1000

Open

2 1/2-4-year-olds

Tu and Th

10:30-11:20am

1000

Open

2 1/2-4-year-olds

Tu and Th

6:30-7:20pm

1000

Open

2 1/2-4-year-olds

Sa

10:30-11:20am

700

Open

4 1/2-7-year-olds

M and W

5:10-6:10pm

1000

Open

4 1/2-7-year-olds

Tu and Th

5:10-6:10pm

1000

Open

4 1/2-7-year-olds

Sa

Noon-1:00pm

700

Open

4 1/2-7-year-olds

Sa

3:00-4:00pm

700

Open

4 1/2-7-year-olds

Sa

4:10-5:10pm

700

Open

7-12-year-olds

M and W

4:00-5:00pm

1000

Open

7-12-year-olds

Tu and Th

4:00-5:00pm

1000

Open

7-12-year-olds

Sa

1:20-2:20pm

700

Open

7-12-year-olds

Sa

4:10-5:10pm

700

Open

Prices without a contract:

* Trial lesson – 150 uah/lesson

* Price per lesson (in cases of irregular attendance) – 250 uah/lesson

* Twice a week – 1100 uah/month

* Once a week – 800 uah/month

Instrumental lessons

Prices below are for contracts valid until the end of June, 2017

Enrollment after auditioning

Tu & Th 5pm

1000 uah/month

Enrollment after auditioning

Tu & Th 6pm

1000 uah/month

Individual lessons**

twice weekly

1500 uah/month

Individual lessons**

once a weekly

1000 uah/month

Prices without a contract:

** Price per lesson (in cases of irregular attendance) - 400 uah

** Twice weekly - 1800 uah/month

** Once a week - 1100 uah/month

Mommy and Me activities

Day

Time

Price

W

10am

600 uah/month

Prices without a contract:

Price per lesson (in cases of irregular attendance) - 200 uah

Contact Information

Kyiv city center, 22 B Mykhailivska St., office 65


+38 (096) 909 92 42


WORKING DAYS:

M: 2:00-7:00pm

Tu, W, Th: 10:00am - 7:00pm

Sa: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Fr, Su: Days off