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Music classes for kids in New York City

These music classes for kids cover everything from piano lessons for beginners and Suzuki Method programs to blues bands and chamber ensembles. 

  • Music classes for kids in New York City

    Bloomingdale School of Music

  • Music classes for kids in New York City

    Brooklyn Conservatory

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    Music classes for kids in New York City

    Brooklyn Guitar School

  • Music classes for kids in New York City

    Church Street School

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    Music classes for kids in New York City

    Eastside Westside Music Together

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    Music classes for kids in New York City

    Lucy Moses School

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    Music classes for kids in New York City

    Park Slope Rock School

  • Music classes for kids in New York City

    Third Street Music School

  • Music classes for kids in New York City

    TLB Music School

  • Music classes for kids in New York City

    WeBop

Music classes for kids in New York City

Bloomingdale School of Music


Whether your mini-Beethovens are angling to learn how to rock out on electric guitars or learn more dulcet piano skills, these music classes for kids run the gamut from contemporary to classical. Once they learn the basics, students can move on to ensembles and bands to bring their fierce talents to the stage. Scroll down to peruse our list of the coolest music classes for kids in New York City.

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Bloomingdale School of Music
Classes here build on skills from one series to the next, from Baby and Toddler's First Music Class all the way up to Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Older kids (ages 6 to 10) can move on to group classes in keyboard, violin and guitar. 323 W 108th St between Broadway and Riverside Dr (212-663-6021, bsmny.org). Fall session begins Sept 16. Fifteen to seventeen classes $480--$540. Ages 3 months to ten years.

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
The comprehensive curriculum at this music school founded in 1897 and housed in a five-story Victorian Gothic mansion ranges from Music Adventures classes for toddlers (with or without parents) to Garageband classes, blues bands and chamber ensembles. 58 Seventh Ave at Lincoln Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-622-3300, bqcm.org). Fall session begins Sept 16. Twelve to fifteen classes $360–$525. Ages birth to 12 years.

Brooklyn Guitar School
Little rockers strum along to classics like "Satisfaction" and "Wild Thing." The school provides instruments, so your kid doesn't have to lug his guitar to and from class on the subway. Students start with an intro class, then move up to more advanced classes as they progress. 81 Fourth Ave between St. Marks Pl and Warren St, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-855-5400, brooklynguitarschool.com). Ongoing enrollment. Unlimited classes $129 per month or $89 per month for one class a week. Ages 8 and up.

Church Street School for Music and Art
For more than 20 years this not-for-profit institution has provided a range of arts programming. Toddlers and preschoolers can take general classes in music and movement or visual arts, while school-age children dive into more-specific studies in piano, drumming, solfege and eurhythmics and more. The school also offers private and group lessons on any instrument, as well as a band program for tweens and teens and several drop-in classes. 74 Warren St between Greenwich St and West Broadway (212-571-7290, churchstreetschool.org). Fall classes begin Sept 9. Single class $10-$45, eighteen classes $612 and up. Ages 16 months and up.

City Stomp
The family-based City Stomp program is centered around three CDs, each of which includes songs about life in the city—topics range from taxis and garbage trucks to Coney Island and the subway—and highlights music from different cultures. Various locations in Brooklyn (718-483-1690, citystompmusic.com). Fall session begins Sept 14. Ten classes $215–$275, plus one-time $15 registration fee per family. Ages 6 months to 7 years.

The Early Ear
Teachers introduce babies to music through sing-alongs; as they grow, children learn to read music and play their own (kid-sized) instruments in ensembles. In the dance program, students learn developmentally appropriate movements and steps. Various locations in Manhattan (212-877-7125, theearlyear.com). Fall session begins Sept 3. Fourteen to sixteen classes $637-$723 and up. Ages 4 months to 5 years.

Eastside Westside Music Together
Even the littlest kids can benefit from early exposure to music and movement, and this uptown branch of the global program (found in more than 40 countries) now welcomes children from birth through age seven. Mixed-age classes enable older kids to lead wee ones in singing, moving, chanting and musical-instrument exploration. Grown-ups play too, creating a vibrant community of music makers. While mommy-and-me classes have been this spot's bread and butter for years, they've recently introduced big-kid classes, which teach five-, six- and seven-year-olds basic music literacy and do not require parent participation. Various locations in Manhattan (212-496-1242, eswsmusictogether.com). Fall session begins Sept 16. Ten classes $435--$490; eight classes $356 (baby). Ages birth to 7 years.

Lucy Moses School
Just a stone's throw away from Lincoln Center and Juilliard, the school offers classes in everything from music theory, Dalcroze, and chamber orchestra, in addition to private or group instrument lessons. The center offers lessons in dance, theater and digital media, too. 129 W 67th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave (212-501-3360, kaufman-center.org/lms). Fall session begins Sept 9. Fifteen classes $300 and up. Ages 1 and up.

Park Slope Rock School
Tweens learn the ABC’s of rock (think rhythm, chord progressions and instrument technique), as well as more-advanced subjects like stage presence, while collaborating in bands. The bands also get a hands-on lesson and recording session at Williamsburg’s Bunker Studios and a final show at Rockwood Music Hall. Complete Music Studios, 227 St. Marks Ave at Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (psrockschool.com). Fall session begins in mid-September. Twelve classes $550. Ages 8 and up.

Third Street Music School Settlement
The curriculum here ranges from Musikgarten classes to Bilingual Birdies, which helps little ones learn Spanish through song and dance. Older kids take courses in music composition and music history and master classes with guest artists. 235 E 11th St between Second and Third Aves (212-777-3240, thirdstreetmusicschool.org). Fall session begins Sept 10. Sixteen classes $650 (early childhood), thirty-two classes $650-$3,200. Ages 1 to 12.

TLB Music
Led by instructors and professional pianists in group classes, young musicians take on a different theme  each semester at the school formerly known as Three Little Birds Music. This fall, kids explore the globe with “Henry and the Hot Air Balloon.” Each week, they’ll journey to a different country to explore its distinct musical style and cultural events—they’ll tango in Argentina, visit Carnival in Brazil, and explore the Spring Festival in China—through movement and age-appropriate instruments. 266 E 78th St between Second and Third Aves (212-744-0404, tlbmusic.com). Fall session begins Sept 6. Nine classes $354, eighteen classes $688, drop-in class $48. Ages 4 months to 6 years.

WeBop
This popular music-based program gets kids swinging, stomping, soloing and jamming—all while developing their ear for jazz. Jazz at Lincoln Center, 33 W 60th St between Broadway and Columbus Ave (212-258-9922, jalc.org/webop). Fall session begins Sept 24. Eight classes $350. Ages 8 months to 5 years.


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