Go to Vocal & Dance Class Descriptions
See All Group Music Class Schedules
Riveting 5-Step Class Path Keeps Your Child Engaged and Excited!
STEP 4: Instrument Prep (Ages 6-8)
STEP 5: Private Lessons
Wherever your child is along the path, we can help you navigate this life-changing, music-learning journey!
FAMILY CLASS (Pre-EMA:Ages 6-36 months)
If your child is between 6 to 36 months you'll want to join one of our toddler-parent participation classes. These classes are a wonderful opportunity for a special time of bonding with your child in a warm, encouraging environment.
In addition to singing, movement and rhythm games, classes include symphonic and ethnic instrument exploration in which parents and children have the opportunity to handle and play real instruments and learn about notes in a fun 30-minute format. Family classes are limited to six families. (Siblings enrolled in other classes attend at no charge.)
Family Class Jr. is limited to the youngest students (birth through 2.5 yrs) & their caregivers. This class focuses on similar developmentally appropriate activities as the wider age range of the regular Family Class, but at a gentler pace... as children are learning to respond to what is often their very first class.
See list of Current Family classes
EARLY MUSIC AWARENESSTM: E.M.A., our trademark class! (Level I: Ages 3-5 & 4-6)
Your young child (3 to 7 years) will gain a sense of independence by being a part of a small group of children (no more than 8 to a class) where she will be able to receive personal attention and have her individuality acknowledged and honored. In addition children are prepared for future instrumental instruction by learning to read music and try potential instruments in an active, fun and exciting environment. Learn more about EMA TM
as young as three years old, your child will be proud of her ability to
identify notes and their values. And she will be excited to share with you
she'll receive with every lesson.
See Customized EMA Options
View Current EMA Schedules and Request a FREE Trial Class
II (Ages 5.5-7)
In addition they explore instruments like violin, guitar, trumpet and drums that they might choose to play someday. Carried over from EMA I, plenty of rhythm games, movement and singing activities keep the class moving in this older-child version of Early Music Awareness.
Students 6-8 years may join a 15-week session that is divided into two sections:
SECTION #1: Instrument Survey: The first 7-8 weeks, students enjoy a broad range of music instruction similar to Early Music Awareness but with a focus on note-reading and choosing the specific instrument that is right for them. They explore the 8-10 instruments that are size appropriate for them including (but not limited to):
NOTES: These first 8+ instruments are presented in the order that works best for the class, location and teacher. Also, those with previous keyboard experience may take this part of the course without Section #2.
SECTION #2: Keyboard Overview: The final 6-7 weeks, students apply their growing note-reading skills using the keyboards provided. In this section, students receive an overview of the geography, technique and others skills needed to play simple songs on the piano or keyboard -- a great preparation for playing any other instrument.
Upon completion of this class, most students are ready to move forward into private lessons (see below). To help with this transition, Music Place staff reaches out to parents to set up a free phone consultation with an Educational Specialist who obtains feedback and recommendations from the instructor about instruments and readiness and helps the families navigate the next step for their child!
PRIVATE LESSONS (Whenever they are ready)
After moving through this fun, custom-designed learning path in which kids explore, enjoy, survey, choose and get passionate about his or her perfect instrument, private lessons are the best next step. This one-on-one experience ensures the best success because each child learns differently and the lesson can be customized to his or her own learning.
Private lessons are available on almost every instrument and are best enjoyed when students function developmentally like a child 6 years or older (regardless of their actual age). If your child is under 7, an assessment will be a big help before moving forward. In a special time with you and your child, an Educational Specialist trained to help determine your child's developmental age (and readiness) in three areas: Academic, Social & Physical.
SPECIAL PACKAGES: Beginning with weekly 30-minute, one-on-one lessons, students are also eligible for special packages that add group vocal, dance or instrumental classes for as little as $45.00 per month to maintain the enjoyment and synergy of learning with others.
ALSO SPECIALIZED CLASSES
at this link:
Specialized classes include Music Adventures (for kids with Special Needs), Customized EMA Options, Instrument Survey for ages 8+, Group Instrumental Ensembles & More