Research shows that kids who are actively involved in music do better in reading and math when they start school, are better able to focus and control their bodies, play better with others and have higher self-esteem. It can be difficult with today’s toddlers however to get them interested in music at a young age. You can grow your child’s interest by identifying and imitating interesting sounds, whether it is the howl of the wind, the roar of a motorcycle or a song on the radio. Get in the habit of listening to music in the car and around the house. Keep some instruments around the house for your child to experiment with. Outdoor concerts can be particularly enjoyable for kids because they are able to sing and dance along.
Once you spark their interest, it’s time to fan the flames. Here are some music classes that will get kids playing, singing and dancing along.
LaMaze Family Center
Kindermusik can be found here as well. They turn toys and household items into musical instruments, such as pots and pans being used as drum sets. The class is 45 minutes weekly for 15 weeks. Tuition is $200 and materials are $50.
2855 Boardwalk Dr.
Robinsongs for Kids
Hosts Music Together, an internationally recognized early childhood program involving songs, chants, rhymes, dancing, movement, finger-play and instrument games. Kids will be exposed to traditional songs from different genres and cultures. The class is 45 minutes a week, the perfect length for a child’s attention span. The program is based on the belief that all kids are musical and can achieve basic music competence. This environment, focused on play rather than a performance-oriented setting is the best a love of music.
Classes are held at Scio Community Church | 1293 N. Zeeb Rd.
and Turner Senior Research Center | 2401 Plymouth Rd.
734-929-2133 | robinsongsforkids.com
Hand in Hand Music
Has offered Music Together classes for 16 years and counting. Classes target kids between 0 and 5-years-old and encourage a love of music and movement by exposing them to grownup mentors who love music. Participating in developmentally-appropriate activities in an environment that is musical is a great way for kids to learn. Get ready to explore the tambourine collection at one of three locations.
Dexter United Methodist Church | 7643 Huron River Dr.
My Urban Toddler | 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline.
Saline First United Methodist Church | 1200 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline.
734-429-3385 | handinhandmt.com
Offers music and movement activities that strive to enhance a child’s physical, language, cognitive and creative skills as well as social-emotional development. It appeals to all kids as various types of music and concepts are introduced that aim to foster an interest in music. There is a positive connection between being involved in Kindermusik and school readiness. Fall and winter classes are $250 for 15 weeks.
2309 Packard St. and 2548 Prairie St.
734-474-0185 | annarborkindermusik.com