Whether you are a trained musician, a casual radio listener, or someone in between, integrating the vast world of music into your child's life provides them with enormous benefits, such as increased language development, problem solving and math skills, perseverance, creativity, memory recall, social maturity, and more. Here are some places in the St. Louis region for your children — toddlers through teens — to learn about music.
Robert's Music Together Little ones naturally love music and movement, and Robert Bernstein's Music Together classes encourages further discovery. Kids 4 and under attend 45-minute classes with their caregivers for singing, rhythm patterns, pitch and instrument play, social interaction, movement, free dance, lullaby time and live music (Berstein plays the banjo, guitar and drums). The Music Together song collections feature a variety of international music as well as familiar childhood favorites.
Robert's Music Together classes are held at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108; University United Methodist Church, 6901 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130; and the Shirlee Green Preschool at Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road, St. Louis, MO 63141. Call 314-323-7323.
Kindermusik Kindermusik offers developmentally-specific music programs for infants through age 7 to help instill a lifelong love of music and learning. Two excellent Kindermusik classes in the St. Louis region are Kindermusik Academy and Kindermusik with Lori Burkhardt. The classes offer memorable songs, instrument and pretend play, active listening, movement, stories, lullaby time, beginning music theory concepts, and social interactions.
Kindermusik Academy classes are held at the JCC Marilyn Fox Building, The Lodge Des Peres and the BSKI Children's Educational Center in Richmond Heights. Call Kindermusik Academy at 314-434-9496. Kindermusik with Lori Burkhardt classes are held at the Webster Groves Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion. Call Lori Burkhardt at 314-692-8032.
Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) There's a music program for all students, spanning all ages and abilities, at Community Music School of Webster University. The faculty includes world-class performers and master teachers. The school's offerings are extensive. They provide individual lessons on all instruments of the band and orchestra, piano, guitar and voice, Suzuki Strings, the Young Years music programs, performing orchestras and ensembles, a preparatory program for exceptionally talented musicians, the Young Composers Competition, and summer music programs.
Milder Musical Arts Milder Musical Arts has a history in St. Louis that spans more than 30 years. This popular studio has 10 teachers with music degrees who love to share the joy of learning music. Students can participate in an early childhood program, Music Together; a Junior Jammers class that explores piano, guitar, and percussion; a comprehensive strings program; keyboard and singing classes for parent and child; or private lessons in piano, voice and guitar.
Milder Musical Arts is located at 14288 Ladue Road, Chesterfield, Mo., 63017. Call 314-469-6646.
Dave Simon's School of Rock Dave Simon's School of Rock is an energetic environment for children ages 4 to 10 to discover the joy of making music and performing with a rock band. The school's curriculum includes private lessons in guitar, piano, drums, bass guitar and voice; a performing rock band program; and a recording studio. Advanced level bands perform a Sunday afternoon concert at Blueberry Hill. Summer and winter break camps are also offered.
Folk School of St. Louis The Folk School of St. Louis is dedicated to renewing and expanding traditional music and the folk arts in the region. The school offers classes, jams, individual lessons, and workshops in bluegrass, old-time, Irish, country, blues, jazz, jug band and more. Relaxed and encouraging group music classes for kids ages 5 to 10 include violin fiddling and guitar.
St. Louis Children's Choirs The St. Louis Children's Choirs feature 500 talented young singers (ages 6 to 18) who bring their love of classical, sacred, contemporary, and world music to the concert stage for everyone to enjoy. The outstanding music faculty train young singers in six ensemble levels that match the children's music abilities. All ensembles of the Children's Choirs sing at Powell Hall each December.
St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra Founded in 1970 by Leonard Slatkin, the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra consists of about 100 musicians (ages 12 to 22). The young musicians receive coaching from the St. Louis Symphony members and present three concerts a season at Powell Hall. The youth orchestra has been a springboard for many young musicians seeking a career in orchestral music.
COCA COCA offers a wide range of performing and visual art instruction for people of all ages. Their music classes are geared towards musical theater. Students, age 6 through adult, can take semester-long classes that teach the fundamentals of vocal technique, age-appropriate songs and musical theater stage movement.
COCA is located at 524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63130. Call 314-725-6555.
St. Louis Oswua Taiko Taiko is the Japanese art of drumming associated with religious ceremonies and festivities in ancient and modern Japan. St. Louis Oswua Taiko teaches children (ages 5 to 12) and their caregivers basic taiko skills including drills, simple songs, rhythms, musical and drum terms, and the history of taiko.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Opera Summer Camp for Kids Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's Opera Camp for Kids teaches youth, ages 8 to 13, about singing, movement, instrument-making, set and costume design, and opera production. Participants enjoy backstage tours and attend a live Opera Theatre performance of "The Pirates of Penzance" by Gilbert and Sullivan.
Opera Camp for Kids offers two sessions, one at City Academy, June 3-8, and one at Avery Elementary School, June 24-29. See thewebsite fordetails or call 314-963-4251.
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