Maximo’s new favorite thing is to dance (well, can you call toddler bouncing dancing?) when his favorite songs come on the television. So, I thought it might be a fun idea to get him into some music classes – but where do you start? Thank goodness we book all our classes through KidzCentralStation.com
, so we’re able to compare classes for his age, in his neighborhood, just for music right on the site!
But then you see a long list of all these different classes – which one is going to be best? Here are 5 tips on finding the perfect music class!
5 Ways to Find the Perfect Music Classes for Toddlers
2. Don’t be afraid to venture out.
Just because you live in the Upper East Side doesn’t mean you have to stay in the UES! I actually live in Astoria, so we don’t let location skew our chance to find a great class! While you can find TLB Music classes
right in your UES neighborhood, there are also awesomely fun classes by Lavender Blues
in the Financial District. This way you expose your child to different types of music styles to find their favorite!
3. Avoid Stereotypes. Music class is not band class from your middle school days. Instead of sitting in a row of clarinet players, kids are exposed to tons of different musical instruments, usually multiple ones in one class. Then they dance and sing songs of different genres. One song maybe blues, the next one reggae, and they end with one by Lady Gaga. Music classes are sure to peak your child’s interest and get them excited about music!
4. Options for Everyone.
After you find a class that your child just HAS to attend every week, many places will offer semester and/or drop-in classes. That means, if you’d rather lock in a full couple months of classes you can. Or, if you don’t like commitment, and would rather just swing by when you’re “in the neighborhood,” you have the option to do that too! Eastside Westside Music Together
, and Music Together in the City
are great for semester classes, and for drop-ins, we love Music with James
in Murray Hill (and the UES!)
5. Get into the Groove.
As a parent, we’ve all caught ourselves dancing and clapping like fools to make our babies smile. Don’t be deterred just because you’re in public – the classes are meant for parents AND children. Many teachers will help you feel comfortable and include you in the class. Remember, when your child sees you having fun, they have fun too! A couple more “fun” classes I like to participate in are Kindermusik classes
, andCreative Play for Kids.
So now that you feel ready to get out and test out the musical world for toddlers in NYC, head over to KidzCentralStation.com
to book a class, and then let us know how you (and your child) liked it!
Stephanie is a published author—featured in the New York Times, NY Metro Parents Magazine, PARENTGUIDE NEWS, as well as an #expertmom for MommyNearest.com, and contributing author to KidzCentralStation.com and Kidville.com’s Voices of the ‘Ville — author and speaker/consultant on motherhood and the importance of marketing and research in a business arena, specifically online. She also owns her own social media company, www.socialmindedmediagroup.com