From Beethoven to Bob Marley, music delights children from a very young age and fosters healthy brain development. These NJ classes will inspire your little ones while providing great bonding experiences for parents and children.
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First Notes – Marlton
Classes are taught by talented, enthusiastic musicians who lead parents and children with singing, guitar playing, and fun activities. Classes are offered to the following age groups: 3–11 months, 1–3 years, and 2–4 years. Siblings up to age 5 can enroll with younger siblings in any class.
Gymboree – Various locations
Four types of music classes are available for children ages 6 months to 5 years, including one class that caters to the whole family. These weekly programs focus on developing a love of music through song, dance, movement games, and instruments. Gymboree has a dozen New Jersey locations, including Jersey City, Paramus, Chatham, Westfield, Red Bank, and Princeton.
The Institute of Music for Children – Elizabeth
In the Music & Games class for ages 3–4, kids will learn music fundamentals through games and engaging activities. They'll explore tempo, pitch, rhythm, and timing while singing songs, playing instruments, listening to stories, and more.
Kids MusicRound – Various locations
This nationally recognized music location for kids is a great place to let your child begin his or her musical adventure. Instructors combine music and movement to create a balanced and exciting class for kiddos up to 5 years old. With more than 21 locations up and down the state, you are bound to find one that's convenient for your family.
Kidville – Various locations
Kidville's classes are designed by early childhood development specialists. Music classes vary by location; options include Rockin' Railroad, in which kids explore a different instrument and musical genre each week, and I'm With the Band, which gives kids the chance to make their own instruments and write original songs. Kidville's multiple locations—in Closter, Denville, Montclair, Englewood, Hoboken, and Summit—make it easy to join the fun.
Kindermusik at The Little Gym of Roxbury – Roxbury
The Kindermusik philosophy is that every child is musical and that the parent is the child's first and most important teacher. The Little Gym offers three Kindermusik classes for kids and caregivers: Cuddle & Bounce, for infants through age 1, Wiggle & Grow, for 2–3, and a Family Class for the whole gang, from newborns to age 7. Kindermusik, billed as the leading provider of music-based education for children from birth to age 7, is offered at these other NJ locations as well.
Little Notes Music School – Randolph
Speaking of Kindermusik, Little Notes recently added it to its lineup of music classes, including one for 18 months – 3 years and one for ages 2–3.
Little Rockers – Various locations
Little Rockers hosts an array of cool kids' music classes for little ones from birth to age 5. Led by two teaching artists, the classes introduce kids to rhythm and melody in a relaxed, fun atmosphere and a combination of original kiddie rock songs and classic hits. Parent/child classes include Baby Bop and Tot Rock, and there's a preschool drop-off class, Rock N' Me, for kids ages 2½ – 5.
Music for Aardvarks – Various locations
Aardvarks offers a wide variety of musical activities, including singing, dancing, musical storytelling, instrumental jam sessions, and musical puppet play. Created for children ages 6 months to 5 years, Music for Aardvarks is offered in several New Jersey locations, including Harmonize (Montclair), Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks (Red Bank, Fair Haven, and Lincroft), and A Hum Music (Waldwick, Ridgewood, Park Ridge, and Washington Township). These weekly interactive music classes focus on celebrating childhood by rockin’ and groovin’!
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Little ones age 6 months to 4 years can sing, move, and play with Musical Munchkins.
Musical Munchkins – Ridgewood
At Musical Munchkins, kiddos learn through music—specifically through instrument play, song, and movement. Classes are divided by age groups: 6–13 months (babies), 14–23 months (ones), 24–35 months (twos) and 3–4-year-olds (young musicians). Each class is designed to be fun and nurturing for each age group. Mixed age classes are also available in the summer months.
Music and More with Kelly – Millburn, Maplewood, South Orange, East Hanover
Music and more with Kelly offers the acclaimed Music Together program for children and their caregivers for ages birth to 5. Its mission is to be part of your child's growing process, not only musically, but emotionally, cognitively, and socially.
Music Together of Bergen County – Various locations
Supporting the idea that all children are musical, Music Together of Bergen County has a motto of Bringing Harmony Home. These inspirational music classes combine singing, chanting, and movement for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and the adults who love them. Class locations include Tenafly, Rutherford, Teaneck, and Englewood.
Music Together Family & Friends – Whitehouse Station and Flemington
Music Together of Northern NJ – Various Locations
Music Together doesn't just offer a variety of locations, but also a variety of classes, including Baby (for 8 months and under), Mixed Age (perfect for siblings), and Big Kids( 4–6). Choose from Harrington Park, Mahwah, Park Ridge, Ridgewood, Waldwick, Wayne, and Wyckoff.
Music Together of Summit and Chatham – Summit and Chatham
New Jersey Workshop for the Arts – Westfield
Classes are offered for 18-month-olds and up. Here, kids sing and dance while learning to read music, play instruments, and explore math and science through music.
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Egg shakers are always a hit at Preschool of Rock.
Preschool of Rock – Various locations
With several parent-child classes, Preschool of Rock offers engaging music education and performance classes for babies through kindergarteners. With a motto of “every class is an educational, roof-raising celebration,” your tyke is sure to have some fun. Classes are located in Jersey City, Hoboken, Montclair, Livingston, Hoboken, Westfield, and Metuchen.
Sing a Song – Sparta and Hampton
Classes at Sing a Song are geared toward children up to age 5. Its family-style learning allows children to participate at their own level while singing, dancing, and exploring musical instruments. Classes meet weekly for 45 minutes, and song collections change each semester.
Songs for Seeds – Summit
Each 45-minute class is headed by a live, three-piece band. Kiddos will be exposed to different music, language, and cultures, along with well-known nursery rhymes, too.
Wompy's Classes – Various locations
Head to Wompy's and share the enjoyment of music with your child. Wompy's lessons blend art, theatrical play, literacy, musical coordination, and social skills.
Top photo: Musical Munchkins. Photos courtesy of the classes.