Does your toddler enjoy making music out of pots, pans and anything that can make a loud noise?! Have you thought of growing their talent of music-making by enrolling them in an organized music class for toddlers?
Studies have shown that music can have a positive impact on a developing brain and aid in problem solving skills, language development and even higher test scores, among other benefits.
Lucky for us, there are many Kalamazoo-area locations that offer a variety of classes. See our list below to find the perfect match for your little “Mozart.”
AREA MUSIC CLASSES
359 S Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Crescendo Academy of Music offers classes for children under five in their Music Together program. Music Together is a national program designed for children, along with a caregiver, to take part in one of three ten-week class sessions offered throughout the year. Each 45 minute class introduces children to music through singing, moving and instruments, by using fun, playful, age-appropriate methods. A fun bonus: each session includes CDs, songbooks, a newsletter and web resources that you can use at home between classes.
Crescendo also offer private music lessons for children under 5.
Anne Louise Coryell is a trained and licensed Kindermusik educator. The Kindermusik program is a fun, interactive, weekly music and movement class that focuses on developing children’s cognitive, gross and fine motor skills. Classes are open to children under the age of seven. The intimate family setting creates special bonding moments between the child and caregiver that takes the class with them. The learning extends beyond just the weekly class and continues throughout the entire week through stories, activities and resources you can use at home. Classes are hosted at the Lighthouse Community Church and Richland Area Community Center. Kindermusik by Coryell also offers the opportunity to visit your in-home daycare or preschool class.
Small Sounds focuses on interactive musical experiences such as playing instruments, singing and dancing throughout the entire class for children age three to five. Your toddler will learn new musical skills through fun, active, imaginative play. Classes are held at preschools and the Academy of Dance Arts. In addition to the classes offered, Small Sounds offers opportunities to host your own private party or bring Small Sounds into your child’s daycare or classroom. Small Sounds also holds performances around the area where children in attendance can take part in the performance. Be sure to follow their Facebook page to find out if there is an upcoming performance near you!
3054-B South 9th Street Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo is the local edition of the national Suzuki Institute. Suzuki offers a Little Stars introductory class for children two to five years of age. Little Stars is an active class that introduces young students to the very beginning basics of Suzuki-method instruction and instruments. If your child expresses an interest in playing the piano or violin, Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo offers private and small group lessons on these instruments, starting as young as two years old. As they state on their website, the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo is “serious about music but also has a lot of fun!”
2731 W Milham Avenue Portage, MI 49024
Has your child expressed an interest in playing an instrument in the future? Early Childhood Music may be the place for you. The progressive program, designed for children starting at age four, offers a weekly 45-minute class for 36 weeks beginning in September. The classes are divided by age and give your child the chance to explore music through games, songs, movement and use of percussion instruments.
Otsego Public Schools offers Tots ‘n Tunes music and movement classes.
Julie Ream teaches Music Learning Theory, also known as the Edwin Gordon Method, to children birth to 5 years old. Once weekly, 45 minute classes, are held at Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Boulevard in Kalamazoo.
Children learn songs and chants with and without words, in all modalities and meters. Many different types of pitched and non-pitched instruments are played at each class and creative movement is encouraged and enhanced with great music from all genres.
Classes are organized by age, with birth-3 year old children attending together, and 3-5 year old children doing the same. 3-5 year old children also play Orff Xylophones every week and master a few pieces during each session. Classes are limited to 8 children to ensure a personal and educationally rewarding experience. Come join the fun!
Let us know if we’ve missed any music classes for the younger kids.