One of my favorite activities to do with my kids when they are little is to take them to a baby or preschool music class. They are so cute shaking their little egg shakers and dancing to the music. It’s an opportunity for them to work on their social skills with other kids their age and a great way for us to bond. I’ve lost count of the number of random songs we’ve picked up from classes over the years that we sing to our kids at home. I’ve even made some great mom friends at music class! In the Kansas City area there are tons of classes to choose from, and new ones popping up all the time.
Many programs offer a free sample class to see if it’s a good fit for your family. Other things to know about these music programs: most classes meet weekly and expect parent/caregiver participation. Some programs require that you register for an entire fall, spring, or summer session (sessions vary anywhere from 8-14 weeks). Other programs are drop-in, and no registration is required. Cost varies based on length of the session, materials, and number of children enrolled. Some classes are geared toward the entire family and offer a discount for siblings (or a flat rate for families). Most of the classes I list below have pricing information on their website or you can contact the instructor for more information.
Gymboree Play and Music: Located in Leawood, KS. Classes for ages 6 months – 5 years. Open to members only and they have a monthly fee for weekly classes. You can check it out with a free preview class.
Kindermusik: Classes for newborns through age 7. Some instructors also offer family classes for siblings to attend together. Some of these classes charge by the month, others are a flat fee for the semester and provide you with at home materials such as music CDs, an instrument, and books.
- Kansas classes
- Missouri classes
Musikgarten: Classes for newborns through age 5. Currently only offered at Olathe Music Academy in Olathe but check the Musikgarten website to see if any other instructors have started offering local classes.
Music House School of Music: Currently offering Music Playhouse classes in the evenings for 4 and 5 year olds at their Lenexa, Overland Park, and Prairie Village locations.
Music Together: These are mixed age classes where siblings can attend at a discounted rate (birth – kindergarten).
- All Together Now with Alma Fusco offered each semester in Mission, KS and Parkville, MO. Email Alma at [email protected] for more info on pricing and enrollment.
- Growing in Harmony offers classes in downtown Blue Springs, MO. Follow her Facebook page for updated information about when she will be offering classes.
Music with Mar: Classes are currently offered in Blue Springs, Raymore, and Lee’s Summit. These classes are unique in that they are all mixed-age classes offered at a flat rate for all your kids to attend together. No enrollment necessary, as they are all drop-in classes. I LOVE that many of these classes meet at assisted living facilities or nursing homes and the residents are encouraged to attend and participate. It is so good for the kids and the residents to have that cross-generational experience together!
Shining Light Music: Located in Lees Summit, MO, they offer their twinkle preschool music program for kids ages 1-6. Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.
Stepping Stones KC: Classes are located all over the metro area in Brookside, North Kansas City, Overland Park, KCMO, Lee’s Summit, Olathe, Fairway, and Louisburg. With over a dozen different class options geared towards different ages and interests, you might have trouble choosing which group to enroll in! There are even groups that meet outside so the kids can experience music in nature! We attended Music for Milestones when my youngest was a baby, and now go to Friday morning Sing and Share with other preschoolers. One of my favorite things about Stepping Stones KC is that all of the classes are taught by licensed music therapists!
The Learning Tree: Music and Movement with Jenny meets at the Corinth Square location on Thursdays at 10:30 AM for $5/child.
Which music classes have you enjoyed with your kids? Let us know in the comments!