Family music classes are classes babies and preschool age kids take with their parents. These fun programs have been scientifically proven to improve your child’s development. In the Twin Cities, we are blessed to have so many different options of music classes. Even the music teachers who teach these classes love to attend them!
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Music Together: Exciting, award-winning music and movement classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, K-2nd graders—and the grownups who love them!
In-person and online options for the Fall of 2021 Session.
It’s safe, convenient, engaging, effective, stress relieving, connection building and totally fun. Even when your teacher is on the screen, each class is designed to be an active music-making experience for the whole family.
Tuition includes one live 30-minute class each week plus weekly Tuesday evening ‘Musical Play Dates’ and Thursday evening ‘Songs, Stories and Lullabies’ and every other week Saturday night dance parties. FUN!
Free demonstration classes anytime at MusicTogetherClasses.org under ‘Demos.’
Minneapolis & St. Paul Family Music Classes:
Minneapolis music school with additional studios in Apple Valley, Chanhassen and White Bear Lake. The school offers Sing, Play, Learn classes for preschool children and their adult. Also look for Suzuki classes and lessons for older kids. Currently offering both online and in-person classes.
Offers Sing Play Move and Family Rock classes for babies through pre-K as well as classes for older kids and adults.
This locally-owned, research based music school in South Minneapolis specializes in early childhood parent-child classes and piano classes starting at age 4.
Classes in NE Minneapolis, Hopkins & Roseville ECFE, locally owned and developed music classes for young children. Classes are designed and taught by certified music teachers with degrees in music and education.
Twin Cities Metro Family Music Classes:
Brighter Minds has locations in Mendota Heights, Eagan, West St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights. They offer music classes for babies through adults.
Kindermusik is a national early-childhood music program with Twin Cities locations in Burnsville, Chanhassen, Plymouth & Spring Park.
Music Together: Sing Dance Play Learn! • An international music program with several local franchises, the curriculum is research-based for early childhood with play-centered classes that incorporate parents into the fun. Offering online classes.
School of Rock • Located in Eden Prairie and St. Paul, the school offers special music programs for preschoolers, as well as programs and lessons for ages 5-18. Offering online classes.
Sprouting Melodies Early Childhood Music Classes • Age specific early childhood music classes offered for babies, toddlers, and preschool-age children focused on parent and child bonding; having fun; learning to use music to calm, stimulate, and engage; and social, emotional, cognitive, preacademic, musical, and physical growth and development. Offering online classes.
Music Programs for Older Kids
Classes for older kids get who are ready to take lessons on their own.
- Minnesota Boychoir • This Saint Paul choir is for boys ages 7-18. Auditions are required, but every boy who auditions will be placed.
- Minnesota Youth Symphonies • This Saint Paul youth orchestra offers classes by audition only. Program is online for first semester.
- Northwestern University Academy of Music • Private, group, ensembles and summer camps. Offering virtual and in-person callses
- St. Paul Conservatory of Music • Suzuki through adult classes.
Learn about Classical Music At Home with Maestro Classics
If you would like to strike out on your own with your early childhood music education, we recommend Maestro Classics. You can do this entirely for free because Hennepin County Library has most of the CDs in their collection and Maestro offers free curriculum guides on its website. This program can grow with your kids. In the beginning you may want to keep listing sessions short and concentrate on the having fun to the music together — use your shaky eggs and dancing scarves or just dance around the living room. Later, kids may become more interested in the deeper tracks and the more grade-school appropriate curriculum suggestions.
The program consists of 12 classical pieces that are particularly kid-friendly with fun narration to help children get into the stories these pieces tell.
- Peter and the Wolf (a perfect start with preschool kids)
- The Nutcracker
- The Story of Swan Lake
- Carnival of the Animals (a fun one to do a stuffed animal parade with)
- My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music (this was interesting but maybe wait until the kids are a little older)
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (If it is not already on your bookshelf, order the picture book to go with this CD)
- The Soldier’s Tale
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (definitely pull out the Fantasia version of this at the same time)
- Merry Pranks of Master Till
- Casey at the Bat
- Juanita the Spanish Lobster (in English) (leave this one until last)
- The Tortoise and the Hare
There are some downsides of using the library 1) the library copies are older and sometimes scratched; 2) This program is pretty popular, so the wait time can be a little long; 3) The titles are not always easy to find on the library website (searching by “Simon, Stephen, 1937-2013” has netted me the most results) and 4) You may want to revisit these stories over the years and would have to re-request a copy each time you use them.
We like this series enough that we have become affiliates for the program. If you choose to buy the product (they are offered as CDs & MP3s – individually and as a set, you can help us out by purchasing through our link. Family Fun Twin Cities receives a small commission off of sales through our site.
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