Not only is music a wonderful source of creative expression, but the benefits of having music a part of your child’s daily life are endless. Music has been known to be critical for brain development, fostering self-esteem, improving language, and building many other great skills. If your child is interested in vocal or dance classes, there are many options to choose from in the Hartford area. Here is also an extensive list of schools that offer instrument lessons or other music class programs. For even more fun ideas, check out our After School Classes Guide.
Hartt School Community Division, West Hartford
Part of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, the school has an extensive list of programs for little ones. Early childhood class for infants up to age 5 introduces kids to music through involvement in informal music and movement activities. They will surely enjoy free play with percussion instruments, or organized songs, rhyming, and games. The Hartt School also offers Suzuki Instruction, which is a method of teaching music to young children. They have Suzuki Instruction for guitar, cello, violin, viola, piano, and bass.
Macri School of Music, Plainville
Established in 2002, this is a place where students can develop skills through private lessons of the guitar, bass guitar, or piano, cultivate network contacts, participate in informal concerts or jam sessions, and attend various skill-building workshops.
Music Together of West Hartford and Farmington Valley
A variety of curriculum-based music and movement classes are offered here for babies, all the way up to age 7. Their music classes will introduce music and instrument exploration to young children to help set the stage for a lifetime of family music-making. You can even try a class for free and choose from four locations. Call 860-761-2355 for more information.
Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford
Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford
Spotlight Art, Dance & Wellness, 45 South Main Street, Unionville
St. James's Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford
Farmington Valley Dance and Music School, Farmington
Choose from piano, drum, guitar, and violin lessons, with optional recitals to participate in twice a year. Multiple programs offered at one location make it easier to enroll siblings in different programs at the same time.
For private piano classes from a professional teacher check out Andy's Piano Classes in Avon. He accepts children as young as 7 for either 30 or 45-minute weekly classes, with an optional end of the year recital. His classes are offered in the convenience of your own home if you live in the Central CT/ Hartford County area. Check out his website for more information.
Best wishes as your child learns to make music!
Originally published 9/10/2013.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Music Together of West Hartford and Farmington Valley