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!

Featured Partner: Music Together in the Valley 

Exciting online music and movement classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, K-2nd graders—and the grownups who love them! Completely online in fall 2020, our renowned music education program is coming to you right in the comfort of your very own home. 

Music Together Online is designed to teach the way young children learn: through play. 

Free demonstration classes Sept 13-19. Register at MusicTogetherClasses.org under “Demos.” Fall session begins Sept 26-Oct 2. Tuition is $189 for the first registered child in a family and an additional $104 for the second child. Infant siblings under 8 months attend at no cost.

It’s safe, convenient, engaging, effective, stress relieving, connection building and totally fun.

Minneapolis & St. Paul Family Music Classes:

  • MacPhail Center for Music • Minneapolis music school with studios in Apple Valley, Chanhassen and White Bear Lake. The school offers Sing, Play, Learn classes for preschool children and their adult. Currently offering all classes virtually.
  • 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. Covid precautions are in place for in-person lessons, but according to website no re-opening date is scheduled as of 8/17/2020.
  • Songs with Sarah In a new location for the Fall of 2020, this locally-owned, research based music school in South Minneapolis specializing in early childhood parent-child classes and piano classes starting at age 4. Offering online and in-person options.
  • Wee Bop Classes in NE Minneapolis, Linden Hills & 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. Offering online, blended, private party, and in-person options.

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. Offering in-person and online classes.
  • Kindermusik Kindermusik is a national early-childhood music program with Twin Cities locations in Burnsville, Chanhassen, Plymouth & Spring Park. Offering in-person and online classes.
  • 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.

More Music Classes for Kids

Classes for older kids get who are ready to take lessons on their own.

DIY At Home Family Music Idea – 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

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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