If you feel like “Wheels on the Bus” is stuck on a permanent racetrack in your head, it’s time to expand your kiddo’s musical repertoire. Lucky for you, San Diego has many options for music and singing lessons regardless of age or ambitions. Here are five music programs that would do the Von Trapp Family proud.
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Recreational Music Center
Point Loma’s Liberty Station offers many opportunities for children to thrive artistically – including the Recreational Music Center (RMC). The Early Childhood programs at RMC are about engaging the future musician at the earliest years. Every level of RMC’s Music Makers class curriculum is designed to meet kids’ development based on common motor skills particular to each age group. There are four levels of classes: babies (0-9 months), tots (9-20 months), toddlers (20-36 months), and preschoolers (3-4 years).
Little movers learn to groove, jump, twirl, wiggle, and even be very, very still; all of which translates to their musical ability as they thump, tap, shake, and slide on drums, xylophones, and dozens of rhythm instruments. The Music Makers classes are 45 minute each, and cost $10 per class. This program is perfect if you don’t want to commit to multiple lessons, especially if you’re not sure if your little one is ready to enroll in weekly classes.
Don’t worry if your kiddo is beyond the preschool years. RMC offers a wide range of classes and camps for your growing budding musician too.
2590 Truxtun Rd, Studio 100
San Diego, Ca 92106
Photo credit: Kindermusik Facebook page
While your kids don’t have to be in kindergarten to enjoy these classes, Kindermusik has hit the books to show the benefits music has on early childhood development. Beyond a lifelong love of music, their research shows little ones are consistently engaged by music in a nurturing environment also benefit in reading, quantitative, social, physical and creative development. In fact, just 30 minutes per week delivers 32% more literacy gain – talk about turning Do Re Mi into ABCs.
Kindermusik classes are available in four age-appropriate classes: babies, toddlers, preschoolers and big kids. And since the instructors know family time can be difficult to find, classes are also offered for the entire family to enjoy together.
Unlike other music studios, Kindermusik classes are not held at one specific location. Instead, the instructor conducts classes throughout San Diego County at various locations. Be sure to check the website to find the classes closest to you. You can also sign up to try a class for free.
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San Diego Jr. Glee
If your little one is ready to move up from singing into their hairbrush to hitting the stage with a mic, check out San Diego Jr. Glee. Latanya Lockett, an international recording artist who got her start by singing in her high school show choir, offers the perfect place for your musical son or daughter to sing and dance their hearts out.
Classes and camps are filled with artists between the ages of 4 to 14 that love to sing and dance. Jr. Glee gives them the opportunity to learn vocal coaching, stage presence, team building, choreography and more. Members of Jr. Glee also have the opportunity to perform solo acts, perform for live crowds, and even record.
San Diego Jr. Glee offers two programs: weekly classes that take place at Mon Petite Chateau in the Eastlake area of Chula Vista, and week-long summer camps. The summer programs are filled with music, dancing, games, special guest teachers, and one-on-one instruction. Week 1 of summer camp (June 23 – June 27) is themed Disney dazzle, and Week 2 (June 30 – July 3) is all about Disney pop.
Montevalle Park Recreation Center
840 Duncan Ranch Rd.
Chula Vista, Ca 91914
Image credit: Songbirds Music Facebook page
This mobile music class company caters to kiddos ages newborn to 5 years. Their goal is to nurture each kiddo’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. What makes these classes different is the use of Music Together curriculum, a research-based music and movement program.
Each class includes singing, dancing chanting, and playing instruments in an informal setting that will enrich your kiddo’s love of all-things music. Classes are kept small – only 5 – 12 attendees – in order to give kiddos the best possible learning experience. The groups meet weekly for 45-minute sessions for a period of 10 weeks.
Each session is $190. Songbirds Music classes take place at locations throughout San Diego, including the neighborhoods of North Park, Bankers Hill, Santee and Bonita.
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Nightingale Music School
Located in the quaint La Jolla neighborhood of Bird Rock, Nightingale Music combines all types of music, from traditional nursery songs, to classical, to rock-n-roll with creative movement, games and percussion instrument playing to enhance learning and help kids explore the magical world of music. Each class features an unusual and unending assortment of rhythm instruments, puppets, parachutes, drums, streamers, xylophones, bubbles, and more.
Nightingale Music divides its classes into three levels: infants (6 – 18 months), toddlers (18 months – 3 years), and preschoolers (3 – 5 years). The sessions are eight weeks long (45 minutes/class), and feature the following different themes: Mother Goose and More; Spring Has Sprung; Jungle Jive; Splash Into Summer; Around the World; Hooray for the Holidays. Class sessions are $148 and include a CD, songbook and final class gift.
As kids get a bit older for structured sing-alongs and instrument workshops, they can participate in Nightingale’s guitar, keyboard, and drum classes, as well as voice lessons.
5631-C La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, Ca 93037
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– Roxanna Holmes