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Music classes for kids in New York City

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

Whether your kid prefers to jam out on the guitar or rock out on the piano, these sweet NYC music classes for kids cover all the bases. They'll bone up on their skills, learn to read music and, when they're ready, have the tools to bring their talents to the stage. Who knows...maybe they'll even take up dance classes and acting classes, too! Scroll down to peruse our list of the coolest music classes for kids in New York City.

Music classes for kids

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, or private lessons in a variety of horned, string and wind instruments and vocals. Ages 3 months to 10 years.

Upper West Side

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 House Party classes for toddlers (featuring the music of kid-crooner Dan Zanes) to GarageBand classes, blues bands and chamber ensembles. Ages 1 to 10.

Park Slope

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. Ages 8 and up.

Park Slope

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, as well as several drop-in and after school clubs and classes. Ages 16 months and up.

Financial District

Lucy Moses School

Just a stone's throw away from Lincoln Center and Juilliard, this comprehensive performing arts 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, tooAges 18 months and up.

Upper West Side

Park Slope Rock School

Tweens and teens practice, perform, write and record (think rhythm, chord progressions and instrument technique), and tackle more-advanced subjects like stage presence, while collaborating in bands. Bands also get a hands-on lesson and recording session at Williamsburg’s Bunker Studios and a final show at Rockwood Music Hall, plus dedicated young rockers can sign up for private lessons or a 6-week summer workshop. Spending a summer abroad? This school’s gone international—they have a Paris branch! Ages 8 and up.

Prospect Heights

Third Street Music School Settlement

The curriculum here ranges from Music and Movement classes to Hippity-hop, where kids can master basic moves. Older kids take courses in music composition and music history and master classes with guest artists. Ages 18 months to 18 years.

East Village

TLB Music

TLB mixes music classes up with a blend of classical hits, modern favorites and even music from Broadway. Every week, kids meet a new instrument of the orchestra and can play along with their teachers. Every class has music-inspired movement incorporated, whether it's following the rhythm on bouncy balls or dancing to the music. Ages 4 months to 6 years.

Upper East Side


This popular eight-week music-based program gets kids swinging, stomping, soloing and jamming—all while developing their ear for jazz. Expect plenty of visits from musical guests! Ages 8 months to 5 years.

Upper West Side


Sam M
Sam M

I also highly recommend Blue Balloon - blueballoonschool.com. Kids learn how to write their own songs while learning to play a musical instrument!