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
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.
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.
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.
If your child is chasing rockstar dreams, sign ‘em up for music, arts and technology classes at this Carroll Gardens studio. Kids ages 5–12 can learn how to read, write and play the piano through interactive games and activities as well as participate in individual and group recitals. Band courses let them bang away on drum sets, form their own pop or rock band and get funky in a jazz, funk or soul group. If it's composition and songwriting skills that they're looking for, they can sit in on music production classes where they’ll learn music theory, song form and how to record, mix and share their tunes through project-based lessons. For kids who prefer one-on-one instruction individual, private lessons tailored to each child’s speed are available. Parents can also learn how to play instruments and compose music so the whole family can host a jam fest at home. Not only will all ages walk away with new musical skills, but with a stronger sense of self, creativity and confidence. All ages.
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.
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.
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.
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, too. Ages 18 months and up.