As art programs are cut across the country, it is now more important than ever before to find ways to keep the arts alive in every child’s education. Thankfully, Denver has a huge selection of music classes for kids of all ages and skill levels.
CBS Denver Insider’s Tip: If your son or daughter is new to instrumental music, rent that flute or saxophone for a few years before making any big investments.
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Prices: 30-minute lessons are $80 for individual or $150 for bands; $50 enrollment fee
Forget the traditional music classes in a boring little classroom. Band Dynamics brings the rock back to music education. With a focus on fun, friendship, originality, communication, confidence, determination and commitment, this unique music school incorporates many different types of music education. It even has live gigs at local music venues and a popular summer camp series. Check out its open house, the last Saturday of every month from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and they’ll show you just how much they rock.
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Julie Davis School of Music at the Swallow Hill Music School
Prices: 30-minute private lessons range from $23 – $26
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday –11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Swallow Hill has been a staple in the music community since 1979 and it now has more than 4,000 students of all ages. It has a huge program, covering everything from accordion to violin and ages six months to 99 years. With more than 200 different classes and workshops for individuals or groups, there is something for everyone. It also features some excellent classes in theory and songwriting for your budding professional musicians.
Tales 'N Tunes at the Dancers Advantage
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Prices range from $60 to $160 with price breaks for siblings
Tales ‘N Tunes is a unique program that combines music with story telling for the very young. It is a wonderful way to introduce your toddler to the world of music at a young age. Founded by Tonya Lemmons, it uses puppets, scarves, child-friendly instruments and more to help engage children in musical play. It incorporates nursery rhymes and explores rhythms, repetition and singing. With classes for ages birth to five years, this is a great way to spend time bonding with your newborn while helping him or her develop these important skills.
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School of Rock
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This nationwide music school has 69 locations across the country and it is another fantastic rock-focused music school designed to help students learn music and get that rock band experience. It focuses on the rock instruments; guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and drums, and it has many different programs and offerings. From Rock101—the basic class for fundamentals in a weekly 45-minute lesson—to their performance classes that end with rock concert style performances with authentic rock show environments.
Denver School of Music
The Denver School of Music teaches private lessons and groups in guitar, piano, bass, drums, voice, recording and songwriting. One of the unique aspects of this school is its focus on ensuring is is the right fit for your child. It offers a free consumer guide on its website to help with some of the myths and frequently asked questions about music classes. It also guarantees that, after three months of lessons, your children will be able to play at least three of their favorite songs, know enough music theory to play dozens more, sight read tablature and basic notation, and they’ll play faster than they ever thought possible.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.