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MacPhail Center for Music is a community resource for music education, events and community partnerships. With several locations in the Twin Cities, their main location is in downtown Minneapolis, near the riverfront.
Sing Play Learn with MacPhail™ is the new name of MacPhail's early childhood music program. The hope the new logo will reflect their commitment to the enrichment and growth of children through music. As part of this program, the center will continue to offer their popular library programs, the Free Family Music Series that Anne reports on below and classes geared toward 4-6 year olds. MacPhail offers a variety of parent-child and family classes from baby through preschool aged. Some classes are long term commitments while others you can select and pay by the class. Find upcoming classes here.
MacPhail Center for Music's Free Family Music Series
MacPhail Center for Music’s firm belief that the youngest musicians should be taught through play-based activities and instrument exploration shines through in their engaging Free Family Music Series. I took my three daughters to one of their concerts at this time last year and I think you would find – as I did – that it’s a splendid way to spend a chilly Saturday.
First and foremost, there’s no pressure. Sure, they’d be happy to sign you up for one of their early childhood music classes, but you needn’t fear a sales pitch. Simply feel free to experiment on the instruments (my girls went straight for the drums) and post any questions you have to the available professional staff.
After the warmup, the early childhood musicians deliver a set guaranteed to have the kids dancing along. Singing along, too, if you’ve been exposed to one of MacPhail’s “Sing, Play, Learn” CDs (we picked up a free copy at the State Fair one year!). The target age group for the kids in the audience is probably about six years and under. My daughters were 5, 3, and 1 at the time and were completely immersed the full 40 minutes -- so don't let the term "concert" deter you!
Between the 10 and 11am shows, crafts and snacks are available outside Antonello Hall.
There are several parking ramps nearby which range in price from $4 on weekdays to $3 on weekends, as well as metered street parking. Note from Joy: If you plan to bus, the walk from Hennepin or Nicollet may not seem long to an adult, but it becomes a hike with small kids. You may want to bring an umbrella stroller. And, since you are making the trip and they are so close together, you may want to consider pairing this outing with a quick visit to Mill City Museum.
This article was originally written by Anne on November 7, 2013.
Birthday Parties at MacPhail Center for Music
MacPhail offers Sing, Play, Learn birthday parties. Parties start at $225 per hour and one hour is the recommended length. The party will be filled with sing-alongs, instrument exploration, and musical play activities at your home or a venue of your choice. Call 612.767.5271 for more information.
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