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15 Fun Classes for Pre-school Kids

Top Classes for Pre-School Aged Children in NYC (Fall/Winter 2018)

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NORY Science & Engineering is a Tots and Me class with hands-on experiments and projects.  Teach students ‘why,’ then ‘what’ to help them become more inquisitive and to show them how to look at the world differently.

 

 

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Multi-Sport | Rising Roots with FunFit Kids is a drop off class for 3yr olds.  Children focus on specific sport cues and skills that relate to gross-motor movements through games and play. Children also learn about teamwork and rules of gameplay.

 

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Piano Lessons at High Note start as early as 3.  Nora will support your learning of an applied instrument and incorporate theory and ear training following method books and appropriate supplemental materials.

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Fall Soccer Class for ages 2-4 with caregiver with SocRoc. Students learn soccer from a former pro and develop core strength, upper and lower body strength, as well as, flexibility, endurance, and excellent posture.

 

 

 

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Take Baby Ballerinas at Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village.  Children explore movement, musicality, motor coordination, thus enhancing the development of both their bodies and minds.

 

 

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Canta y Baila Conmigo for ages 4 and under with Eastside Westside Music Together. For native Spanish speakers to brand new Spanish-learners.

 

 

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Super Tumblers for ages 3-4 at 92nd Street Y.  Teach children age-appropriate, skill-oriented progressions based on USA Gymnastics’ movement programs.

 

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Preschoolers love Music with James!  James Humphrey is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

 

 

 

preschoolersEarly Development Art Adventures with Claire’s Creative Adventures (UES) introduces Ages 2-5 to Contemporary, Classic and Multi-Cultural Art.

  • Curriculum Based on Artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Koons and more
  • Introduction to Professional Artist Materials such as plaster, clay, charcoal and mixed media

 

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Hip Hop for Ages 3-5 with Midtown Movement and Dance cultivates passion for dance. Introduce movements used in mainstream hip hop and pop music and jazz technique basics.

 

 

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In Grandma’s Attic has Budding Ballerina & Ballerino for Ages 2-3 (Chelsea, UWS, Harlem).  Each week a different fairytale is read, and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.

 

 

 

 

preschoolersGet the little ones Moving to the Rhythm of Math at Launch Math + Science for Ages 1.5-3.  With music as the foundation for learning, tots explore concepts such as counting, reading and identifying numbers, and using a number line.

 

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Learn Spanish with ¡HOLA! A Playgroup Toddler Program.  Children acquire linguistic skills and develop an “ear” for new sounds learned, while building Spanish vocabulary.

 

 

 

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Cook with Kids in the Kitchen Ages 2-4 at 92nd Street Y.

 

 

 

preschoolersStart pre-school with a Threes Preschool Class at Wee Ones Club. The daily schedule includes social play, muscle & brain builders, tumbling & jumping, music & instruments, dancing, story time, snack, art, parachute & bubbles.

Special Offers for Back-to-School Classes

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It’s Back-to-School season!  Test out the Right Program for Your Kids with these Low-cost Trials or Drop In Classes.

Special Offers

ART Classes Limited Time Offer

Claire’s Creative Adventures (UES) introduces children to artists and cultures, using paint, clay, wood, sand, pastels, fabric, etc.

**Save $75 through 9/14/18 on all Fall semester classes!**

Kids classes

MUSIC Classes

Try GuitarViolin, Piano, Voice, ($40) lessons at Willan Academy of Music.

Jam Sessions Babies ($36) at Kids at Work or Sun Sessions Outdoor Music ($36) at Hudson River Park.

Babies love BananaJam Music ($28) or Sing Along ($28) at 14th Street Y.

Music with James ($20) in Murray Hill is a high-energy music class.

Andy & Suzanna Kids Music ($20) bring music, puppets, bubbles (UES, UWS).

In Long Island City, take a trial in Singing ($40), Piano ($40), Broadway Youth ($30), or a Baby Music Class ($10) at New York Stage of Mind.

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DANCE & MUSICAL THEATER Classes

Zumba! ($10), Hula ($12), Ballroom ($12), Georgian ($20), Bollywood ($20), or Belly Dance ($19.50) at The DanceSource in Queens.

Ballet/Tap Combo ($15) or Hip Hop ($15) at Dance Workshop NY UES.

Trial classes in Ballet/Tap, Hip Hop, Yoga, or Storybook Ballet ($45 each) at Midtown Movement and Dance.

Drop-in at CenterStage to Debut! ($20) or Hip-Hop Funk ($45) + MORE.

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SPORTS & YOGA Classes

Drop-in to Beginner 1 or Beginner 2 ($44 each) at Physique Swimming.

FunFit Kids (UWS) drop-ins for Yoga, Multi-Sport, 2Lingo Hebrew ($35-42).

Bring your babies to Lap Babies and Crawlers ($32) or Walkers, Runners, Jumpers ($32) at 14th Street Y.

Yogi Tales: Live Music Yoga ($25) in Washington Square Park.

Prenatal Yoga ($20), Baby Yoga ($20), Kids Yoga ($30), Yoga Art ($30), etc. at Karma Kids Yoga.

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LANGUAGE Trial Class

¡HOLA! Música! ($15) in Queens is gentle Spanish intro with ¡HOLA!.

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COOKING Drop-in Class

Cooking Classes ($20) teach kid friendly recipes at The Creative Kitchen

15 Fun Kids Weekend Classes

Kids Weekend Classes

Arts Weekend Classes

Fashion Design & Illustration for Kids for kids ages 6-12 at The Fashion Class.  Students will learn to draw the elongated fashion figure. Then, they’ll sketch poses, color and render fabric (lace, denim, sequins) and design a full collection of clothing.

Young Artists: Mixed Media for ages Ages 7-12 at 92nd Street Y.  This class allows each child to express themselves through the fundamentals and in the execution of fine arts; such as drawing, painting, collage, printing, and sculpture.

 

Sports Weekend Classes

Beginner 1: Water Exploration for ages 3-5 at Physique Swimming.  Skills Acquired include: Submerge and exhale in water, Float prone and supine without floats, Push and glide from the wall, Front crawl and Back crawl.

Soc Roc has Fall Soccer Classes for 18 months to age 14 in Manhattan/Queens/Brooklyn.  Soc Roc was created by former pro soccer player James Christie. The goal is to encourage kids to be physically active, gain confidence, and social skills while learning the sport of soccer.

Ice Skating- Youth Learn to Skate for kids ages 5+ at Aviator Sports in Brooklyn whether the goal is to achieve Olympic fame or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of skating.

Youth Flag Football League for ages 5-14 at 14th Street Y is in collaboration with the NFL Youth Flag Football League. Players are taught proper technique in catching, throwing, running, and defending.

Outdoor Classes for ages 1-4  with Upper Manhattan Forest Kids organizes parent-child outdoor classes in Central Park and Inwood Hill Park.

Family Yoga for ages 4 – 7 at Karma Kids Yoga. Partner poses are emphasized ensuring great bonding time. Play yoga games and practice partner acrobatics and flying partner yoga,

 

Dance Weekend Classes

Fairies & Fantasy Dance Class for Girls & Boys ages 3-6 at In Grandma’s Attic. Students training in pre-ballet, creative movement, and improvisation. Each week a favorite fairy tale or classical ballet story is read, and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.

Ballet/Tap Combo for ages 6-8 at Midtown Movement and Dance Company.  This class combines the basic movement of both dance styles.

Classic Ballroom for ages 6-12 at The DanceSource in Queens. Cover the basics of Fox Trot, Salsa, Swing, Tango and Waltz.

Demi Soloists for kids ages 4+ at Joffrey Ballet School. Your child will dance with an emphasis on the foundations of ballet. The dancers are encouraged to expand their movement vocabulary through games and creative exploration of dance movements.

 

Music Weekend Classes

Music Together (Babies) at Eastside Westside Music Together.  The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents and caregivers who want to learn as much as possible about music development in infants. Meet other parents of newborns and learn activities you can recreate at home with your baby.

High Note NYC Piano and Vocal Instruction for ages 3+ teaches both piano and vocals to build confidence, fluent music reading, and solo performance competency.  Nora has years of experience and training with young children.

 

Language Weekend Classes

Spanish For Children for ages 3-5 at Language Workshop for Children. Original music, vocabulary-building songs, language immersion, festive visual aids, action games and native-fluent language teachers.

Top Mommy & Me Classes

Mommy & Me classes in NYC

It’s Back-to-School season and we don’t want to forget about our littlest ones.  Get them started on their Fall schedules with these great Daddy or Mommy & Me classes in New York City.  Find classes in Music, Sports, Fitness for Moms, Language, Yoga, Dance and more!

Mommy & Me Music

Tunez for Totz is a music baby development class for ages 16 months – 3 years.  Enjoy Sing-Along with Lala, Rhythm Development Games, Dancing & Introduction to Instruments. At New York Stage of Mind.

Mommy & Me Sports

Multi-Sport Mommy & Me is a 45 minute buddy (guardian) participation class for ages 12-24 mos. Children learn important gross-motor movements through games and play in the comfort of their buddy’s hands. At FunFit Kids.

Adult and Me Gymnastics for ages 12 months to 3 years is a Mom/Dad and Me program designed for parents and their toddlers to learn fundamental gymnastics skills in a fun, safe, and interactive environment. At Aviator Sports and Events Center.

Fitness for Moms

New Baby, New Body, A New Mom’s Fitness Class allows you to reconnect with your body, while building community with other moms and allowing your baby to interact with other babies. Mommy & Me Barre Workout blends ballet technique, Pilates and yoga specifically for postnatal moms.  Mommy & Me Postpartum Pilates for ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling focuses on rediscovering waistlines and restoring posture while getting your energy and strength freely flowing. At 14th Street Y.

Mommy & Me Yoga

Mommy & Me Yoga for Starting Seeds 12 – 24 months or Sporting Sprouts 24-36 months are 45 minutes classes with buddy (guardian) participation. Children explore playful yoga exercises and experience how their breath and body move together in a fun-filled way. At FunFit Kids.

Yoga For Mommy & Baby ages 1-9 months allows Mommy and baby to connect while performing gentle yoga postures in a nurturing environment. Mothers who are at least six weeks postpartum benefit from core muscle stretching and strengthening exercises. At 92nd Street Y.

Mom & Baby Yoga or Mom & Baby Pilates help Mom get back in shape while strengthening the bond with Baby. Help baby strengthen growing muscles, aid in digestion, and promote better sleeping patterns. Dad & Baby Yoga Date: October 21, 2018. Strengthen the bond between Daddy and baby and get a great workout.  Ages 6 weeks through new walkers.  At Karma Kids Yoga.

Mommy & Me Yoga. This post-natal class combines movements, postures and breath to stretch, strengthen, release tension and bring awareness to key areas of the body that are affected from having a new baby. Guide your baby through gentle postures designed to enhance infant development. At 14th Street Y.

Mommy & Me Dance

Dance Classes for 2 1/2 year olds is a 30-minute pre-dance class that teaches the basic, beginner steps of dance.  Often Mommy or Daddy come into class for the first lessons. At The DanceSource.

My First Ballet Class/Grown-up and Me for ages 18 months to 3 years offers flexibility and exposure to Ballet, Hip Hop and Creative Movement.  Adult participation is required during the 45 minute lesson. At Midtown Movement and Dance Company.

Dance With Me is designed for 2 year olds who are not yet comfortable being in a class alone.  Each child is joined in the class by a parent or caregiver who will be the child’s “dancing partner.”  At Joffrey Ballet School.

Spanish Language

¡HOLA! Baby Program for 6-11 months introduces the Spanish language and sounds by using music, touch, movement and sensory stimuli before your baby reaches toddlerhood. At ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish.

5 Awesome Programs for Kids’ Winter Classes!

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Doesn’t it seem like we were all just signing up our kids for fall classes? Somehow it’s already December, and we can’t believe the start of the winter semester is less than a month away. If you’re looking for a new program to keep your kids busy during the coming winter months, here are some great options for kids’ winter classes on Kidz Central Station that definitely won’t disappoint.

The Art Farm in the City. One of the only kids’ programs in NYC to focus on nature and animals, The Art Farm in the City is a favorite on the Upper East Side. Kids as young as six months old can drop in for Play Time, and there is a great variety of semester classes for all ages like the Farm Foodies Cooking Class and Laurie Berkner’s The Music in Me. Classes start the week of January 5, so be sure to reserve your seat now!

JCC in Manhattan. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the JCC in Manhattan offers a great variety of kids’ classes in ballet, sports, tumbling, tennis, and more. So no matter what you’re looking for, this program is sure to have it. JCC is even offering winter Little Maestros classes (the popular kids’ music program that started on the Upper East Side), which is now 10% off on Kidz Central Station with code MAESTRO10 until December 11. If you live on the Upper West Side, this one is a no brainer.

Soc Roc. With tons of great reviews on Kidz Central Station, Soc Roc is a fan favorite for soccer classes in NYC. Offering sessions throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, Soc Roc’s classes are a great way for little ones to learn soccer skills and teamwork while running around and having fun. Classes start at age 18 months, so kids can learn about this great sport at an early age.

Gymboree. This popular program is known for its Play & Learn enrichment classes, where babies learn developmental skills and are exposed to music, movement, and tons of age-appropriate activities. But beyond this great program, Gymboree also offers a whole lot more: art, music, open play, and even preschool prep classes. There are many locations throughout Manhattan, so no matter where you live, there is sure to be a Gymboree nearby.

Physique Swimming. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean little ones should wait until summer to learn to swim! Physique Swimming offers lessons for kids of all ages in locations throughout Manhattan, including the Upper East Side, Midtown East, Harlem, and FiDi. For the littlest swimmers, Me and My Shadow teaches the basics: splashing, bubbles, and being comfortable in the water; while more experienced students can take beginner and advanced classes to continue learning new strokes and skills. There are tons of class times available (on weekends too!) to fit everyone’s busy schedules.

There are so many programs on Kidz Central Station offering awesome winter classes, we can’t even begin to list them all here! Search the site by age, location, class type, and more to find exactly what you’re looking for!

Kids’ Classes to Sign Up For RIGHT NOW

Since fall’s halfway over you have to wait until winter for your kids to start new classes, right? Wrong. Luckily, so very wrong! Many kids’ programs offer mini semesters that start smack in the middle of the season, giving parents another chance to sign up for brand new kids’ classes for fall. Kidz Central Station has a bunch of new offerings starting soon, so if your little ones could use another fun activity each week, check out some great new classes to fill those empty holes in their schedules.

baby girl with her mother cook, bakeJCC in Manhattan. For working parents who want to experience the enrichment of classes with their kids, or for parents who want to enjoy a class together with their kids on weekends, the JCC in Manhattan is offering a whole new array of Sunday drop-in classes (and one mini semester class) that literally just started. From cooking classes to new parent support groups, there are some great options here, and since most are drop-in, you can pay by the class and not commit every week.

Soc Roc. A Kidz Central Station favorite, Soc Roc is starting new mini semester of soccer classes on November 12 at Babies ’R’ Us in Union Square. It’s a great program taught by a real soccer pro, known for fantastic classes all over the city for little ones as young as 18 months old. If you’re interested and want to see what it’s all about, Soc Roc is holding free trials on November 6 and 7, so you can get a taste of what the mini semester will bring.

14th Street Y. If music is your child’s thing, you’ll find no shortage of great options at the 14th Street Y. With mini semesters starting throughout November, there are classes for every age with songs, instruments, musical stories, and more. Kids age 12 months to three and a half years can rock out with Rock-a-Baby, Boogie with Brett, or Musical Notes with Nick, and there is even a Brett class for tiny musicians whoa re two months old and up.

Rockin’ With Andy. Known as one of the best infant performers in NYC, Rockin’ With Andy does it all—he sings, he plays instruments, and he dazzles little ones age four months to four years with a rockin’ good time. He just began holding weekly drop-in classes at Explore + Discover’s brand new facility in Murray Hill (single class or five-class packs are available) so you can stop in for a class whenever it fits your schedule.

Juguemos a Cantar. For Park Slope parents whose kids can’t get enough of arts and crafts, Juguemos a Cantar’s jewelry workshops are the perfect weekend option. There are two different workshops offered, one for age 4–7 and another for age 8–12, and both teach kids to design their own jewelry using an array of fun materials and their innate talents. As a bonus, classes are taught by Flora Mayer, an innovative fashion designer from Buenos Aires, whose art has been showcased in shops, galleries and museums in both Argentina and Spain.Two Children Painting Picture At Home

Looking for more great fall kids’ classes and activities to add to your list? Check out the weekend plays at the Galli Theater (The Ugly Ducking, Snow White, Rapunzel, and more!), amazing art gallery tours with Chelsea Childhood Center for the Arts, and drop-in classes every week throughout NYC!

Where to Find the Best Music Classes in NYC

With fall in full swing, finding the best kids’ classes is on the minds of so many NYC parents. And with so many options, what classes do you choose? At Kidz Central Station, we’ve found that the one class that is universally loved by kids (and parents) is music. Music classes are fun and lighthearted, they help with language and cognitive development, and kids respond to music the way adults do—it makes us feel happy and at ease.

So if you want your little ones to learn about making melodies, playing instruments, and keeping rhythm, Kidz Central Station has the market on music classes—from private flute lessons to classes featuring a real live band! Here are a few great options in NYC:

Little Maestroslittlemaesrtos (Upper East Side, Union Square; Age 4 months–3 years) An award-winning NYC program, Little Maestros takes music to a whole new level. With a full band, puppet shows, musical story time, dance parties, and more, this program makes it easy for kids to learn about music and have fun at the same time. Tip: Little Maestros offers a great after work class at the Upper East Side location, so working parents can enjoy a class with their little ones at the end of the day.

Music for Aardvarks (Most neighborhoods in NYC, Age 6 months–4 years) With tons of locations throughout NYC, Music for Aardvarks was created almost 20 years ago, and is based around the program’s original songs, rhythms, and chants. Classes incorporate singing, dancing, instrument playing, and more, and many songs reflect the city we all live in and love, with songs like “Taxi, Taxi Ridin’ in the Back Seat”. What NYC kid isn’t familiar with that? What’s more, each child receives a free Music for Aardvarks CD, so they can jam to their favorite songs at home.

Music with Jamesbaby playing xylophone (Murray Hill, Upper East Side; Age 4 months–4 years) A great drop-in option, Music with James is just what the name implies—small, intimate music classes with James Humphrey, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, who for the past ten years has been performing at children’s events and leading music classes throughout Manhattan. At each class he plays a variety of different musical styles and instruments, while children sing, dance, shake maracas, and play along. Classes can be bought one at a time or in packs of ten, so you can sign up and drop-in as you please.

NYC Flute Instruction (Upper West Side; Age 4+) Taught by Laura Thompson, a professional flutist for over 15 years, this program includes group and private flute lessons for kids age four and up. Kids can take introductory classes to get a feel for playing this beautiful instrument, and experienced flutists can join ensemble classes and learn to play with an experienced bunch.

Vienna MusicFlute_Teacher_and_girl_playing (Bayside; Age 3+) This fantastic program focuses on professional music development with top-notch classrooms, upscale instruments, professional and experienced instructors, and student placement based on individual skill level. From private flute lessons to group classes teaching the fundamentals of music (classes include singing and playing musical games and exercises), you can’t go wrong with a music class here.

And that’s just a small selection of the best music classes in NYC on Kidz Central Station. Check out our full listing of programs for fall!

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Is My Child Ready for Flute Lessons?

Your child loves music, you’ve tried piano lessons and you bought that plastic recorder, but the interest seems to be fading and the musical community and fun you hoped for is nonexistent –now what?

Playing the Flute – What Age is Best?

A child as young as three can start the violin, so why not the flute? The answer is complex, and I do have colleagues that begin students as young as three, but I think five or six is a perfect starting age for flute lessons.  A youngster at this age will respond very well to the mix of familiar pattern and open-ended creativity to be found in learning to play the flute. They will be able to focus for short bursts of time.  And of course, the benefits of music and instrumental instruction to the developing brain are well documented — click here for more: 6 Benefits of Music Lessons

What kind of flute?

Jupiter Prodigy Flute – ideal for very small children

Jupiter Prodigy Flute

Trevor James 10x flute comes with both curved and straight head joints

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A young flutist can usually handle a “real” instrument –that is, one with a curved-head joint that fits the child’s hands and body.  There are several flutes on the market geared towards young children. Although there are instruments available with only a body and head-joint (such as the Jupiter Prodigy pictured above), I recommend getting a complete flute (such as the Trevor James or similar), as it can be played for many years without need for a step-up or replacement instrument.

Posture, breathing and hand position.

A young flutist learns a series of movements not unlike a little dance –we stand, smile, bow, adjust our feet, and float the flute above our heads before even playing a note. Performing this ritual before each song instills a sense of calm, steady relaxation and sets up the child in an attitude of openness and readiness to play.

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Developing the practice habit.

Parents, you must take up the gauntlet here! It is a rare child who will set their own schedule and find time for regular practice sessions.  Just as you set up play dates, dinner time and transportation to school, it is your responsibility to create a little space for music in your busy family life.  That could mean having books, stand, instrument, etc. set up in a corner of the living room, and making sure there is time during day for practice. You can listen to your child play their songs and count their repetitions, or ask them to explain a new concept that only they understand. Or you could do a flute set-up with them –  keep an eye on their pinky to make sure it’s going to the right place.  A partnership is needed here – practice time only takes about 15-20 minutes a day, and will add incalculable benefit to your child’s musical life. And when grandparents come to town imagine their delight when they get hear a new piece!

Group classes Available Through KidzCentralStation.com:

Flute lessons at NYC Flute provide a built in community of peers –there’s always someone to look up to, and someone to show off for in group class! During private lesson the young flutist learns one-on-one according to their own particular strengths and needs, but in group class a whole new set of music-making skills come into focus that can’t be duplicated in any other way: Listening, ensemble skills, performance confidence –and getting to play with your friends, what could be more fun?

Book a class today on KidzCentralStation.com, here!

 

Benefits of Kids Music Classes

As someone who grew up studying music from a young age I stand by the belief that music can have a major impact on a person in many different ways.  For instance, in school I rarely had anxiety before an exam as I had experience performing with an ensemble group and going through auditions.  Music helped me think abstractly which was very helpful in school and outside of the classroom.

My personal relationship with music began when I was introduced to the piano at the age of 4. Thanks to my parents who encouraged me to take private lessons and also to teachers who challenged me to see my potential, my personal and educational life was changed because of my music.

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Luckily in 2014, the arts go beyond Broadway plays and music lessons!  Now music classes are available to those who are even younger than 4!  These classes generally are very nurturing and in a non-formal setting. Classes such as singing simple songs and gestures, that just seem like silly fun, are in reality generating many benefits for small children.

Benefits of Kids Music Classes

Lets look at some of the positives that have been found in children being exposed to music and/or taking music classes at a young age (each article link has been added below, in case you’d like to do a little more reading!):

1) Brain Development

Music stimulates both sides of the brain, which can lead to increased creativity and fine tuning of reasoning abilities including problem solving. Research has also found that a child can be more likely to do well academically because of involvement with music.

2) Motor skills development

By playing with instruments or participating in dance that involves even the simplest movements, a child’s muscle strength and coordination can be increased. Each dance is requiring a certain amount of control from different muscles, fine-tuning skills that will help with every day activities.

3) Social skills

As early as 1-2 years a child may begin to show signs of self- consciousness, becoming more aware of his own feelings as well as observing the feelings and expressions of others. Up until now, most children have already developed close relations with only perhaps you as a parent or caregiver. Being in a social situation where he can interact with others his own age may be less intimidating if he is also able to have you there to help define positive or negative behaviors.

If you think music classes may be a good fit for your little one, feel free to come to any of our classes and just mention this blog entry for a complimentary class that day! For all information on us, please see our bio section!

There are tons of kids music classes available on KidzCentralStation.com – and you can search by age and location to find the best, and closest option in the city for your child!

We hope to see you soon!