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Discover a world of musical possibilities for your little ones with a variety of engaging and interactive kids music classes. From rhythm and melody to instrument exploration, your child will learn valuable skills while having fun and gaining a lifelong love for music.

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Kids DJ Class - Private One on One (5 sessions)

Rock and Soul DJ School @ 49 W 37th St, New York, NY

We make sure you come away learning a lot. Here are some key lessons that our instructors cover (with a deeper focus on advanced techniques for intermediate and advanced classes): Introduction to mixing Sorting music (CDs, vinyl, MP3) Bar counting Club mixing basics Working with DJ software Using the mixer's features (faders, EQ, FX) Using CDJ/turntable features (jog, cues, effects) Mixing techniques Scratching Business tips / Getting...

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 10–11:15am Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

Spring Jazz Intensives

New York Jazz Academy @ 15 W 39 St, New York, NY

Experience the vibrant world of jazz in the heart of New York City with immersive music camps that offer practical playing experience, visits to iconic venues, and interaction with influential players. Elevate your understanding of harmony and gain invaluable insight into jazz styles in these popular intensives for musicians of all ages.

Monday, Apr 22nd, 11am–5pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

$1,395

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Summer Jazz Intensives

New York Jazz Academy @ 15 W 39 St, New York, NY

Take your jazz skills to the next level this summer with the highly sought-after summer music camps at the New York Jazz Academy. Immerse yourself in a week of practical playing experience, collaborative music-making, and jazz exploration alongside talented musicians from all over. Elevate your musicality and leave with a deeper understanding of harmony, melody, and jazz styles.

Monday, Jul 1st, 11am–5pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

$1,395

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Modern Piano Lessons: Weaver Method (Monthly)

Weaver Method Music Lessons

Learn piano with the comprehensive Weaver Method, covering classical, jazz, composition, improvisation, and technology applications. All ages and skill levels are welcome for in-home lessons in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Experience a recital every term.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

Modern Piano Lessons: Weaver Method

Weaver Method Music Lessons

Discover a comprehensive approach to piano lessons in Manhattan and Brooklyn. With over 25 years of experience, this school offers private instruction in classical, jazz, creative music, and music technology. Students of all ages and ability levels can explore performance, theory, composition, improvisation, and technology applications across various styles.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

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Guitar for Young People (Ages 9-17)

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Discover the joy of playing the guitar with this engaging course designed for young musicians. Learn finger coordination, tuning techniques, and how to read basic music notes. Unleash your creativity and have fun while mastering this wonderful instrument!

Saturday, Mar 16th, 10–11am Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

Singing for Children (Ages 5-10)

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Learn proper vocal and breathing techniques to strengthen and bring out your child’s full singing potential and develop confidence for any musical setting.  Topics may include basic ear training, scales, vowels, and learning simple melodies

Saturday, Apr 6th, 1:30–2:30pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

Piano/Keyboarding for Young People (Beginning)

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Learn basic music note reading, written note theory, development in finger coordination, and critical sense of listening; notations in pitch and rhythm; discipline in good practice habits with an appreciation of music. Must have your own keyboard.

Saturday, Mar 16th, 8:30–9:30am Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

Kids DJ Summer Camp

Scratch DJ Academy @ 2324 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Unleash your kids' inner rock star this summer with an immersive and interactive DJ experience at the Scratch DJ Academy. Let them discover the art of beat-matching, mixing, scratching, and more in a fun and safe environment. Watch as they showcase their newfound skills at the DJ exposition for friends and family!

Monday, Jul 29th, 10am–2pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

$1,000

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Piano/Keyboarding for Young People: Intermediate

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Take your piano skills to the next level with our Intermediate Piano course at Los Angeles City College. Designed for students aged 8-17, this course requires basic music note reading knowledge or completion of Beginning Piano. Bring your own portable keyboard and choose music that matches your skill level for personalized instruction.

Saturday, Apr 27th, 8:30–9:30am Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

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Band Program

North Shore Music Institute @ 400 Central Ave, Chicago, IL

Bands are formed and prepare four to five songs to perform a live show and record in a professional studio, all with the help and guidance of an experienced professional musician. Band members are matched by request, by our recommendation, or to accommodate scheduling. Each band will have 10 weekly 90 minute rehearsals, followed by a week of shows and recording. Each band has one hour in the studio, and then tracks are mixed and made available...

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Music Together

North Shore Music Institute @ 540 Hibbard Rd, Chicago, IL

Toddlers learn by watching, playing and experimenting. Just imagine how much they could learn in a music class where children ages 5 and under all participate at their own levels—singing, moving, listening, observing, and exploring musical instruments in a welcoming and supportive environment. Child development researchers have found that grouping together children of varying ages fosters natural, family-style learning. Our mixed-age class allows...

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Music Together

DePaul Community Music Division @ 804 W Belden Ave, Chicago, IL

Music Together classes feature a mix of folk songs and traditional childhood favorites as well as playful rhythm and tonal patterns that engage and delight children and families alike. Each family receives a songbook and CD for each of the seasonal song collections in the Music Together canon. Parent education and adult involvement are incorporated into our playful, non-performance oriented environment. Music Together classes...

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Eurhythmics II (Ages 4.5 - 6)

DePaul Community Music Division @ 804 W Belden Ave, Chicago, IL

Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a powerful and exciting way of knowing music through the body. Children use their body to explore rhythm, musical components and expression. The preschool and kindergarten years are an optimal time to explore the language of music through social and interactive methods which encourage creativity and musicality in a joyful way. In collaboration with the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, we are pleased to offer classes for children...

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Eurhythmics I (Ages 4 - 6)

DePaul Community Music Division @ 804 W Belden Ave, Chicago, IL

Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a powerful and exciting way of knowing music through the body. Children use their body to explore rhythm, musical components and expression. The preschool and kindergarten years are an optimal time to explore the language of music through social and interactive methods which encourage creativity and musicality in a joyful way. In collaboration with the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, we are pleased to offer classes for children...

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60-min Music Theory Lesson (Classical or Jazz) for ages 11+

New York City Piano Academy @ Interactive Live Online

Learn the fundamentals of music notation, analysis, and composition in this comprehensive Music Theory course for ages 11 and up. Choose between Classical or Jazz styles and gain a deeper understanding of how to read and write music. Perfect for aspiring musicians at the New York City Piano Academy.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 2–7pm Eastern Time

60-min Music Composition Lesson for ages 11+

New York City Piano Academy @ Interactive Live Online

Unleash your musical creativity and develop your unique compositional style with the comprehensive music composition training offered at NYCPA. Explore music theory, analysis, techniques, notation, and historical perspectives, and create original music across different genres. Perfect for aspiring musicians and pianists looking to compose and play their music.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 2–7pm Eastern Time

45-min Music Theory Lesson (Classical or Jazz) for ages 8-10

New York City Piano Academy @ Interactive Live Online

Unlock the secrets of music with NYCPA's engaging and comprehensive Music Theory lessons. Perfect for young learners aged 8-10, this course will provide a solid foundation in reading and writing music notation, as well as a deep understanding of music analysis. Choose between Classical or Jazz styles and embark on a musical journey today!

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 2–7pm Eastern Time

45-min Music Composition Lesson for ages 7-10

New York City Piano Academy @ Interactive Live Online

Unlock your child's creative potential through the art of music composition with NYCPA. Discover the fundamental principles and techniques of composing music while developing their unique compositional style. Perfect for young musicians looking to become more well-rounded or pianists wanting to compose and play their own music.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 2–7pm Eastern Time

30-min Music Theory Lesson (Classical or Jazz) for ages 4-7

New York City Piano Academy @ Interactive Live Online

Unlock the secrets of music notation and composition with the renowned New York City Piano Academy. Join their engaging and comprehensive Music Theory Lesson, designed for young learners aged 4-7. Choose between Classical or Jazz styles and embark on a musical journey like no other.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 2–7pm Eastern Time

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Let's Cook in French

French Cultural Center @ 53 Marlborough St, Boston, MA

Why not improve your French with a cooking class? Discover culture and regional specialties of France while learning to cook local recipes. Intended for advanced beginner to intermediate students. Conjugating verbs and practicing grammar can leave your stomach rumbling, so why not satisfy your appetite for French cuisine with this cooking class? Combining an immersive French-speaking environment with a gastronomic tour of the Hexagon, Let's Cook...

La P'tite Chorale

French Cultural Center @ 53 Marlborough St, Boston, MA

Everything is easier while singing, even in French! Learn while discovering popular children's songs. Kids will discover francophone music while learning French through rhythms and songs. A perfect way for auditory learners to practice pronunciation and tap into their listening skills.

JamKids

Jewish Community Centers of G. Boston @ 333 Nahanton St, Newton, MA

With the guidance of a professional music educator, JamKids will have the opportunity to "jam out" with a variety of instruments, and build a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music. JamKids classes introduce students to the musical alphabet, rhythms, and expressive musical concepts such as forte, piano, and crescendo.

Kids Music Classes Coming Up in Houston

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Art & Musikgarten (Ages 22 mos-2 years)

St. Paul's Fine Arts Academy @ 5501 Main St, Houston, TX

In these art and Musikgarten classes, students begin with a Musikgarten class, and then explore art with the Musikgarten lesson theme as a way to encourage your child's creativity, imagination and self-expression. Additional fees: $35 Musikgarten materials fee for semester (includes booklet and CD used for both sessions). Materials can be used at home and in multiple Musikgarten series classes. $10 instrument pack (new students only) Students...

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Musikgarten: Music Makers (Ages 4½-6)

St. Paul's Fine Arts Academy @ 5501 Main St, Houston, TX

This class will focus on building a foundation for music literacy. Movement and music activities are perfect for child development. Come sing, move, dance, and play! Students receive a take-home CD and booklet. Please Note: There is a $15 registration fee for each semester. Prerequisite: Children must be bathroom independent.

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Musikgarten: Beginning Group Keyboard (K-Grade 2)

St. Paul's Fine Arts Academy @ 5501 Main St, Houston, TX

Movement and music activities are perfect for child development. Come sing, move, dance, and play! Students will receive a take-home CD and booklet. Please Note: There is a $15 registration fee for each semester. Prerequisites: Children must be bathroom independent. Children must have prior Musikgarten experience

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Kids Music Classes Coming Up in Washington, D.C.

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Conservatory Kids: Ages 3mo - 2 yrs

Washington Conservatory of Music @ 7300 MacArthur Blvd , Glen Echo, MD

For ages 3 months to 2 years with caregiver. Tap into your child’s magical sense of wonder. Our youngest musicians will enjoy singing, moving and playing instruments to help awaken the basic sense of pitch and rhythm during this criticial stage of development. Class includes classical, Broadway, folk, pop, jazz and children’s favorites. Weekly lesson plans offer both repeated and new musical elements to enhance motor skills and develop a joyful...

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Conservatory Kids: Ages 1 - 3 yrs.

Washington Conservatory of Music @ 7300 MacArthur Blvd , Glen Echo, MD

Tap into your child’s magical sense of wonder. Our youngest musicians will enjoy singing, moving and playing instruments to help awaken the basic sense of pitch and rhythm during this criticial stage of development. Class includes classical, Broadway, folk, pop, jazz and children’s favorites. Weekly lesson plans offer both repeated and new musical elements to enhance motor skills and develop a joyful love of music for all. Class is designed with...

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Fun with Music & Movement Camp

Washington Conservatory of Music @ 7300 MacArthur Blvd , Glen Echo, MD

Exploring music is fun! Rhythm, pitch, and melody are experienced through singing, listening, moving to music, and crafts!

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Theater: Pop Star Mini

Taminga Music @ 20000 Pikes Peak Ave, Parker, CO

Calling all mini pop stars! Join us for fun with a mic as we learn to sing, dance and perform. Curriculum combines music and basic choreography with fun interactive games and confidence building activities. Family and friends are invited to join us for an adorable end-of-season performance!  A $10 materials fee payable to the instructor is due the first day of class.

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Polyphonic Preschoolers/Kinetic Kiddos

Altitunes @ 5630 W 29th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO

This class provides musical activities that help further your child’s confidence and social skills, listening and direction following and gross and fine motor skills. Understanding your child's desire for individual expression, Polyphonic Preschoolers/Kinetic Kiddos provides each child musical opportunities to take turns between leading and imitating. They will learn not only to play along with the music, but also to develop their own rhythms....

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Sibling Symphony

Altitunes @ 5630 W 29th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO

Siblings of all ages welcome! Sibling Symphony is a music class that combines fun, engaging musical activities for siblings of all ages, and encourages positive sibling interaction. Each class will include repetition of familiar music, along with 1-2 new songs based on the bi-monthly theme, offer all kids individual opportunities to play the autoharp/guitar/and other instruments, and will conclude with parachute time and bubbles. This class has something...

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Discover the Best Kids' Music Classes Near Me

You’re likely familiar with at least one of the following names and have probably even heard multiple songs of theirs: Katy Perry, Alanis Morrisette, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, and Aretha Franklin. What you may not be familiar with is that all of these musical artists started their careers when they were still in their teenage years. It’s never too early for a child to start learning music, whether by playing an instrument, learning about music production, or singing. Taking kids’ music classes is a great way for your child to get started in the world of music. It’s possible too that with enough time and practice, their name may even be written alongside those listed above.

Why You Should Learn Kids' Music

Once upon a time, you may have heard something along the lines of “Kids who listen to Mozart are smarter than those who don’t.” And while the evidence for that claim is a bit nebulous, the good news is that even at slightly older ages, kids who play music show signs of stimulated brain function. Things like spatial awareness and language development are benefitted from a child’s involvement in playing music, and some studies even suggest that IQ can shoot up a few points for children who can play an instrument. 

In a similar vein, both playing and listening to music have been linked to lower stress. Music helps the brain create the “feel-good hormone,” dopamine, and thus can help us feel more productive and rewarded both when playing music and when shifting our time and attention to other tasks. No matter how you look at it, music is good for both the body and the mind. And although it’s never too late to learn to play an instrument or sing, the younger you start, the better off you’ll probably be in the long run. 

5 Ways to Learn Kids' Music

With a little direction, it’s not too difficult for kids to get started with music. While having an experienced instructor can make the process of learning much easier, there are a few other options for starting, including:

  1. Sign up for an in-person class with an expert instructor. In-person classes also offer a bit of flexibility, including whether you want your kids to have private lessons or group lessons with other children. Both options have benefits: on the one hand, your child will get direct, focused, 1-on-1 attention. On the other hand, your child will likely make new friends to practice with. Depending on the kind of class, instructors may also be able to provide instruments and sheet music in some cases.
  2. Enroll in a live online class with an instructor who will provide real-time feedback. Like their in-person counterparts, live online classes can often be taken privately or with a small group of fellow participants.
  3. Use a video-sharing site like YouTube to find on-demand tutorials. The ability to go at your own pace is appealing to many people, as are the perks of such videos being widely available and free. However, getting any feedback or answers to questions through comment features is incredibly difficult; the absence of a live instructor is especially noticeable in situations where your child could benefit from immediate feedback.
  4. Purchase or borrow a music theory book or a beginner text for an instrument of your choice. With a little music theory knowledge, it’s easy to understand the basics and produce a few notes on your own, but not having an audio reference for how notes should sound will perhaps make this a more difficult method for true beginners.
  5. Download a beginner music app. There’s a wide variety of apps out there for kids to start learning music, and while most will offer audio (and sometimes video) tutorials, students may still bump into difficulty when they need immediate feedback on their playing. Still, apps can help provide some incentive to practice consistently, especially those apps with a more gamified approach.

In-Person Kids' Music Classes

Music is something that’s enjoyed in even some of the remotest corners of the world. This means that many, many communities across the United States will have in-person kids’ music classes. This is good news for those who learn best with the constant guidance of expert instructors. Not only does an in-person class offer a great start for kids jumping into music, but it also allows students to improve both quickly and steadily thanks to the immediate feedback of teachers and the ability to observe live demonstrations.

Astoria Values Inc.’s Guitar/Violin Class at Ditmars Steinway in Queens, NYC, is perfect for kids interested in getting started with guitar, violin, or both. The class offers a combination of hands-on instrument playing with the teaching of basic music theory. This means kids will learn about notes, chords, scales, and other musical building blocks as they work towards playing entire songs. 

If the piano is what your child is wanting to get into, these Private Piano Lessons from Further Music School offer tons of flexibility. For example, classes are available in 30-minute, 45-minute, or one-hour blocks. Additionally, classes are offered both in the Financial District of Manhattan and in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, NYC. Instructors have received degrees from some of the most prestigious schools in New York and the surrounding area, including Juilliard. Beginning students will learn music fundamentals, including the basics of sight-reading, piano technique, and music theory, with more advanced concepts and techniques being covered as kids move toward an intermediate level.

Maybe your child wants to one day headline a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. A great start to that dream would be taking this Singing for Children Class from Los Angeles City College in East Hollywood. Any child between five and ten years old is welcome to enroll. Kids will focus on proper vocal and breathing techniques, as well as developing confidence for singing in just about any musical setting. To these ends, your child will likely learn scales, simple melodies, how to sing vowels, and receive basic ear training. 

If you have an older child or young teenager who’s obsessed with beats and electronic music, then the five-day Kids DJ Summer Camp from Scratch DJ Academy in the Sawtelle district of LA’s Westside offers everything needed to get started. This camp will have kids working together to beat-match, mix, scratch, and more. In addition to music theory knowledge, kids will also get the opportunity to practice team-building and problem-solving skills together; even math skills will be utilized as kids learn about DJing equipment and balancing audio levels. The camp will culminate in a DJ expo where kids will get to put their new skills on display and perform for parents and families. The only materials students will need beforehand are their own pairs of headphones.

Washington D.C.’s National Conservatory of the Arts in Crestwood offers plenty of kids' music classes, including this Beginner Piano (Ages 6-8) Class for small groups of children. Students will learn the basics of piano study, particularly proper playing techniques and how to read music. Children will be exposed to multiple musical styles and even participate in concerts to demonstrate their learning. Another nice element of these beginning group classes is that teachers will help facilitate the transition to individual lessons for each student if your child wants to continue once they’re ready for private lessons.

Parents in the Chicago area may want to consider this Songwriting Class from North Shore Music Institute in the Northfield suburbs. This 12-week course is separated into three distinct sections so that kids can get an in-depth, holistic approach to songwriting. Students will create three original pieces of music each, including an original song, a song arrangement, and a composition. Part of the class experience includes working with a professional band to rehearse, record, and mix one of the student’s original pieces of music. This class provides the perfect opportunity for your child to explore interests in both writing and music.

This 8 Week Voice Mini Class in Mt. Juliet, TN is for kids who are aspiring vocalists, soloists, or singer-songwriters. The course will focus on crucial fundamentals of singing, such as sight-reading, diction, vowel placement, and chest voice. Students will even get to choose some songs they’d like to work with throughout the course. The Nashville area has over 190 recording studios and roughly 80 record labels, so a class like this camp from Collective Art School of Tennessee might be the perfect start for a child who hopes to break into the music industry. 

Your child can be immersed in both music and Spanish language and culture in the Canta y Baila Conmigo Class from Prelude Music Classes for Children. Head to Greenway Plaza in Houston, TX for a class where your child can join an interactive environment that combines music education with the Spanish language and the music of Spanish-speaking cultures. The class is open to any child aged five or older with the accompaniment of an adult.

For parents in the Denver area, you could take your child to nearby Parker, CO for Taminga Music’s Theater: Pop Star Mini Class. This class emphasizes singing, dancing, and general performance knowledge. Kids will certainly spend plenty of time doing standard music and choreography work. Still, this class will also provide experience through interactive games and confidence-building activities to keep the experience fresh and varied throughout. Family and friends can see the fruit of their little ones’ work during an end-of-season performance.

Virtual Kids' Music Classes

In-person kids’ music classes are a great way for children to not only improve their music skills but also to make friends and foster a collaborative atmosphere. However, in-person music classes aren’t always available, especially in more rural areas.

Thanks to the internet, however, there are plenty of online kids’ music classes available to you so long as you have a stable internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone (i.e. a computer, tablet, or even most smartphones). A virtual class may even prove the best option for people even with in-person classes relatively close by; just imagine all the time you’ll save on commuting. 

One potential downside of virtual kids’ music classes is potentially navigating an audio delay on video conferencing software. This can make classes where kids are in small ensembles and need to play in sync particularly tricky. Because of this, many online music classes may emphasize each student getting set amounts of individual practice time in a group setting, or they may find other approaches that are best for that particular course’s focus. Generally, the workarounds prove more than sufficient, and students are still able to have a great experience in their classes. 

The Vocal Lab and Music School’s Youth Vocal Performance Class is for kids ages 11-14 who are aspiring vocalists. Each class will begin with a warm-up exercise or two and often a conversation about various aspects of performance. Then, each student will get ten minutes to practice in front of the class. This means that students will get dedicated 1-on-1 time with an expert instructor, but they’ll also have the benefit of picking up additional tips and techniques by watching their peers work as well. A recital will be held after the course for friends and families to observe and celebrate their child’s progress. 

You’ll need your own piano or keyboard for Los Angeles City College’s Piano/Keyboarding for Young People (Beginning) Class, but any children between the ages of 8 and 17 are welcome to sign up. In this course, students will learn basic musical notes and how to read them, learn basic music theory, and improve both their finger coordination and listening skills. Instructors will also encourage and help students learn discipline in good practice habits so that your child is sure to steadily improve. 

If the guitar is the instrument your child won’t stop talking about, you could try enrolling them in New York Guitar Academy’s Kids Absolute Beginner Guitar Class. This class is for children ages 8-11 and is equipped to teach both right and left-handed guitar playing techniques. Another benefit is that students will practice playing both lead and rhythm guitar, so in addition to learning how to read music notation, students will learn single-note melodies, chords, and various strumming patterns through engagement with multiple genres of music. At the end of this eight-week course, well-practiced students will be able to comfortably play full songs. Completion of the course also ensures students are ready to transition smoothly to a higher-level course if further instruction is desired.

Private Group Kids' Music Classes

CourseHorse has live online group classes that can be delivered directly to members of your team or organization. If you’ve been looking for a fun team-building event, then bringing your children together for some private group kids’ music classes could be a great option.

Whether your team members want to be directly involved in the class with their children or simply kick back and observe the kids with the other parents and guardians, CourseHorse will gladly accommodate your team’s unique needs and circumstances. Simply reach out through their online contact form to learn about available options and start setting up the perfect kids’ music class for your team. 

The process of booking with CourseHorse is very easy: no booking fees, confirmation emails within 24 hours of booking, and the ability to change group sizes after registration if needed. Also, despite Zoom being the default platform for group classes, CourseHorse will accommodate other platforms like Microsoft Teams or Google Meets if that’s what your team is more accustomed to using. 

What Will I Need to Learn Kids' Music?

Regardless of what instrument your child decides to pursue, you’ll need to acquire a few supplies. However, these largely depend on the instrument itself. For example, a practicing violinist will need different materials than a guitarist or pianist. However, supply lists for any instrument are usually pretty small, and most materials need to be replaced only rarely, which is a bonus. That said, here’s a general list of what you might need based on the instruments your child wants to play.

  • An instrument itself. Whether a guitar, piano, ukulele, violin, brass, or wind instrument, your child will need their own instrument to practice both during and outside of lessons. If your child is interested in vocal lessons, the good news is that they already have the necessary instrument and there’s no purchase necessary. For most other instruments, it may be worth considering finding something suited to your child’s size. For example, young children might have difficulty playing upright bass, but guitars and pianos almost always come in sizes more suited to kids regardless of age. 
  • A music stand. Regardless of whether an instrument should be played sitting down or standing up, you’ll need a reliable way to hold sheet music while you’re practicing. Note that most pianos and keyboards have built-in sheet music stands, so you won’t need to worry about purchasing a standalone holder if your child is working with either of these instruments. 
  • A comfortable chair. Again, most instruments allow for some combination of standing and sitting, but in any case, having a comfortable place to sit and practice (or rest) will make a big difference for your child. You may need to double-check what type of chair is best suited to each instrument, however. For example, benches without a backrest are preferable for pianists to allow for a fuller range of motion while playing. 
  • A storage or carrying case. While pianos and keyboards sort of store themselves wherever they are in a room, almost any other instrument will benefit from having its own carrying case. Such cases afford an instrument a degree of protection when being transported from place to place and prevent them from getting coated with dust too quickly when not being used. 
  • For most other materials, it just depends on the type of instrument your child plays. In most cases, you’ll want tools for proper tuning and instrument care, like cleaning cloths or sprays. But other supplies might only be necessary for certain instruments. While supplies for every instrument can’t be covered, here’s a small list of a few specialty items you may need to watch out for.
    • Replacement strings for string instruments like guitars and violins.
    • A clamp for guitars.
    • A small, personal amplifier for electrical instruments like electric guitars.
    • A metronome is optional for any instrument but is a great tool for helping kids learn how to play instruments to a particular beat and speed.
    • Rosin for bowed string instruments like violins and cellos.
    • Antibacterial spray and valve oil for woodwind and brass instruments.
    • Soothing teas, humidifiers, or similar items to help alleviate vocal stress for singers.

Is it Difficult to Learn Kids' Music?

Like many hobbies, becoming a proficient musician requires lots of dedication and consistent practice. This is even more crucial if kids hope to become advanced musicians. This is why many parents want to see their kids start young; the earlier a child starts and the more time they dedicate to their craft, the quicker they’ll be in reaching those high levels of performance. Despite the likelihood of many days where a song is taking a long time to master or feeling frustrated at numerous mistakes, these issues can be overcome, especially with the help of an encouraging instructor with expertise in your child’s chosen instrument. Music, despite such difficulties, remains an incredibly accessible and rewarding activity for any child to participate in.

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