1. Learning and Exploration Classes
For children whom are academically strong OR who have a passion to play or explore music & instruments, we offer a comprehensive, sequential plan for their musical development beginning as early as 12 months of age (!), and continuing through pre-school to the most advanced levels.
We’ve designed our beginning toddler and preschool curriculum to capture your child’s natural enthusiasm for discovery by combining the art of play and the structure of music. In Family (ages 1-3) and Early Music Awareness™ classes (ages 3-7) your child will have so much fun, he probably won’t notice he’s actually learning how to read music and getting ready for more advanced classes!
2. Individual Instruction
For ages 7 & up. When the child is developmentally ready, we have private lessons for voice and instruments including piano, keyboard, violin, guitar, harp, drums, flute, recorder, saxophone, clarinet, voice and more.
3. Performance Classes
Let’s face it, some children just love to be center stage! For students 4-18 who love OR WANT TO LOVE performing, we offer another stream of classes that include the development of the more physical elements of learning to sing, dance, act and move. Available in group or private lesson formats, performance classes including Dance, Voice, All Arts, Worship Arts and Theater Camps perform regularly, stimulating team work and the fun of being center stage with costumes, props and a showcase of talent!
4. Adaptive Lessons (Formerly "Special Needs Coaching")
At The Music Place (and its non-profit sister organization Arts Educators Group), music instruction for kids with special needs is called Special Needs Coaching. The goal of coaching/music instruction is to teach those with special needs to sing or play an instrument. This is offered at the child's own pace by music educators who are experienced and patient with those who have special needs. In these cases, the ancillary benefits but not the goal, are therapeutic.
Adaptive Music Coaches are vocal and/or instrumental musicians who are trained to teach music, but who, because of their unusual patience, creativity and experience find delight working with high-functioning children and adults who have special needs. Although many of these instructors have studied special needs populations and how to serve them, they are not Board Certified Music Therapists, nor do they have credentials in special education.
Adaptive Instruction differs from music therapy in that music instruction and learning to play an instrument are the primary goals. This is offered at the child's own pace by experienced music educators. For example, a child may develop stronger fine motor skills or increased attention as a result of learning to play the piano, but this would be considered an ancillary benefit, not the primary goal. In these cases, the ancillary benefits but not the goal, are therapeutic.