FFTC’s Guide to Family Music Classes

FFTC's Guide to Family Music Classes

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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Minneapolis & St. Paul Family Music Classes:

MacPhail Center for Music

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.

Sarah Jane’s Music School

Offers Sing Play Move and Family Rock classes for babies through pre-K as well as classes for older kids and adults.

Songs with Sarah

This locally-owned, research based music school in South Minneapolis specializes in early childhood parent-child classes and piano classes starting at age 4.

Wee Bop

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 Music

Brighter Minds has locations in Mendota Heights, Eagan, West St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights. They offer music classes for babies through adults.

Kindermusik

Kindermusik is a national early-childhood music program with Twin Cities locations in Burnsville, Chanhassen & Plymouth. It is hard to find local classes through the national website, so use our links to the local programs to find an in-person class near you.

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, Medina, 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.

Online Offerings Through Goldstar:

These online offerings through our affiliate partner, Goldstar, could be an inexpensive way to sample an instrument or even a few before committing to in person lessons.

  • Learn Piano Today: How to Play Piano in Easy Online LessonsWhether you just want to learn a few chords to carry a tune or want to take the first step to finally conquering the piano, this series of online lessons will teach you the building blocks of one of the most enjoyable-to-play musical instruments in the world. Skill Success’s easy-to-follow lessons will take you from “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to Beethoven’s Fifth and beyond. Online Piano Course | $9
  • Learn Violin Today – Online • This violin course will provide you with high quality and in-depth lessons to help you learn how to play the violin in a very detailed and progressive way. Even if you have no previous experience and knowledge of how the violin works and how to play it, here you will find most of the information you will need: you will learn how to hold the instrument in a most natural way, how to play on all the strings, as well as master a few popular songs. Available Anytime Through November 30, 2022 | $9
  • Introduction To Playing The Tenor Saxophone – OnlineYou will learn everything you need to know about the tenor saxophone, from how to put it together and make your first sound, to how to play the tenor saxophone in a band! This course also focuses on how to express yourself through music by teaching beginner improvisation or soloing. The goal of this course is for you to fully express who you are through the instrument. This is the perfect place to start for beginner tenor saxophone players! Take all the guesswork out of how and what to practice. This program comes with specially designed practice videos for each lesson. Available Anytime Through November 30, 2022 | $9
  • Introduction To Playing The Alto Saxophone – Online You will learn everything you need to know about the alto saxophone, from how to put it together and make your first sound, to how to play the alto saxophone in a band! This course also focuses on how to express yourself through music by teaching beginner improvisation or soloing. The goal of this course is for you to fully express who you are through the instrument. This is the perfect place to start for beginner alto saxophone players! Take all the guesswork out of how and what to practice. This program comes with specially designed practice videos for each lesson. Available Anytime Through November 30, 2022 | $9
  • Introduction To Playing The Clarinet – OnlineYou will learn everything you need to know about the clarinet, from how to put it together and make your first sound, to how to play the clarinet in a band! This course also focuses on how to express yourself through music by teaching beginner improvisation or soloing. The goal of this course is for you to fully express who you are through the instrument. This is the perfect place to start for beginner clarinet players. Take all the guesswork out of how and what to practice. This program comes with specially designed practice videos for each lesson. Available Anytime Through November 30, 2022 | $9
  • Learn Harmonica Today – OnlineThe harmonica is one of the most iconic instruments often featured in blues musical styles. Although it’s a simple instrument, it’s often difficult for beginners to learn how to play without a guide. Ben Hewlett has been a harmonica instructor for over 20 years and has been an Accredited Diatonic Harmonica Teacher since 1993. Let Ben guide you to success with the harmonica. Available Anytime Through November 30, 2022 | $9

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.

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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.

  1. Peter and the Wolf (a perfect start with preschool kids)
  2. The Nutcracker
  3. The Story of Swan Lake
  4. Carnival of the Animals (a fun one to do a stuffed animal parade with)
  5. My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music (this was interesting but maybe wait until the kids are a little older)
  6. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (If it is not already on your bookshelf, order the picture book to go with this CD)
  7. The Soldier’s Tale
  8. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (definitely pull out the Fantasia version of this at the same time)
  9. Merry Pranks of Master Till
  10. Casey at the Bat
  11. Juanita the Spanish Lobster (in English) (leave this one until last)
  12. 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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