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!

Recommend your favorite music class. Leave us a message in the comments.

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infant family music classes with Songs with Sarah

2022 Play Partner: Songs with Sarah

Songs with Sarah is an audiation based music school that specializes in early childhood music and offers lessons and classes for children through adults! Heavily influenced by Dr. Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory, we help students find their musical through ear training, singing, chanting, movement and creative play. Every teacher has a degree in music and is committed to using improvisation in every lesson and class!

There is a budding musician in each and every one of us- come find it here!

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:


Briana Lyn Studios

Briana Lyn Studios is a traveling music studio that comes to our students’ homes across the Twin Cities. Theye also offer online music lessons. Our teaching studio travels to you to bring personalized, dependable music lessons into the comfort of your own home in voice, piano and guitar to students of all ages and skill levels. We know you ultimately want to play and sing the songs you love. That’s why we tailor lessons to fit your individual needs and desires.
For more information, contact us today at https://brianalynstudios.com/contact-us/

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 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.

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.

Maestro Classics Bundle - Kid-Friendly Classical Music
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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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4 thoughts on “FFTC’s Guide to Family Music Classes”

  1. Hello I’m looking for classes for my twelve year old grandson. He deals with ADHD and I feel it will help him focus and relax. If you could give me any direction it would be great.

  2. You have “Songs with Sarah is an audition based music school” when it should be “audiation” (meaning…thinking music). Just wanted to put that out there as to not confuse it the two.

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