Find in-person music classes for children at websites such as Kindermusik, Musikgarten and Music Together. Enter a pin code or a city to see nearby music lessons. Examples of online music lessons for children are available at instrument-specific websites, such as PianoLessons4Children.com and KidsGuitarZone.com.
The Musikgarten and Kindermusik approaches focus on integrating music and movement for children, while Music Together focuses on music as a community-building activity. Each of these organizations lists teachers across the country trained in its specific methods.
Class organization is usually according to age, with different classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and older children. Mixed-age classes are also available. Classes include structured activities, such as songs and games, as well as unstructured time for exploration, instrument play and social activities. The goal of the curricula is not just to impart musical knowledge but also to encourage all-round child development in areas such as motor skills, language development and social skills.
Websites offering online music lessons include basic tutorials, such as on how to hold an instrument, as well as introductions to simple children's songs, such as "Baa Baa Black Sheep" or the "Alphabet Song." Many local music schools, such as the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York or the People's Music School in Chicago, also offer details of their classes for children on their websites.