Music is something that evokes a response in all of us. From a young age, we see our babies clapping and bouncing along to songs that they hear, and many children sing to themselves before they even start talking! Music is a powerful force that brings joy to our lives.
As much fun as listening to music can be, making music is even more fun! Allowing children to make music encourages them to explore, learn new things, and for some children will help them find a lifelong passion or even a future profession. The educational and personal benefits to learning how to make music are countless.
Indianapolis has many opportunities for children of all ages to explore music, whether it’s classical or rock, percussion or strings. Here are a few that we recommend checking out with your family:
Carmel Symphony Orchestra Family Fun Concert — Each Spring, the CSO hosts a concert that is designed especially for children! Kids are invited to sit on the stage among the orchestra, and after the concert, they can participate in an instrument petting zoo and try out the instruments for themselves.
Mr. Daniel at Whole Foods – On Tuesday mornings, Mr. Daniel brings energy and excitement to the cafe at the Whole Foods Market in Carmel. His singing, dancing and instrument playing encourages children of all ages (but especially popular with the preschool crowd) to stand up and join in. Expect drumming and small instrument playing for kids, they might even get a chance to take over the microphone. Admission and participation are free.
Mrs. Ashley’s Music Class at Union Jack Pub — Every Tuesday, Ashley Robertson, a favorite music leader at local parks and library programs, offers a preschool music circle with singing, dancing, instrument playing and story telling. Free admission with a donation of feminine products or gently used bras for Support the Girls Indianapolis.
Tiny Tots Rock! Presented by Girls Rock! Indianapolis — On the second Saturday of every month, kids ages 0-6 and their parents can come to the GRI headquarters for an interactive music experience. There will be opportunities to sing, dance, play instruments, and have fun with other young musicians.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Teddy Bear Series — The ISO has partnered with the Indianapolis Public Library to create a free concert series for kids ages 3-6. The Teddy Bear Series tells a story through classical music, and invites kids to be part of the action. After each concert, children can try out instruments for themselves!
Babies/Toddlers Play Music — Carmel’s Urban Chalkboard Learning Studio offers two classes for the very youngest music makers. Babies Play Music and Toddlers Play Music classes allow little ones to try instruments for the first time, teaches classic children’s songs, and creates a fun bonding experience for parents and babies.
School of Rock Carmel and Fishers — Is your little one a future rock star? School of Rock provides opportunities for kids young and old to learn more about music. Kids can learn an instrument, perform in a group, and make lifelong connections. There are even adult programs if mom or dad wants to join in the fun!
Tootsie Pops at North Central High School — Each spring, the North Central High School Orchestra presents its Tootsie Pops concert. It’s a concert designed just for kids to introduce them to classical music. You may see characters like Spider-man or Captain America playing an instrument, and kids can try out the instruments for themselves after the concert.
Bongo Boy Music School Community Drum Circle — Every Thursday evening, your family can head out to Bongo Boy Music School for the free Community Drum Circle. All ages are invited to come out and drum together, and have fun moving and grooving! Bongo Boy also offers private lessons and group classes.
Girls Rock! Indianapolis First Friday — On the first Friday of every month, families can come out to the Girls Rock! Indianapolis headquarters to enjoy a night of music and exploration. Each event features art, interactive music experiences, and lots of fun.
Rhythm! Discovery Center — Rhythm! Discovery Center is a percussion museum, but you can make your own music in the Groove Space. Check out the bongos, sample the array of small percussion instruments, or rock out in the drum sets in the sound-isolating practice rooms.
Kindermusik of Indianapolis — Babies, big kids, and families can enjoy music and movement with the well-known Kindermusik program. Kindermusik of Indianapolis offers several class locations around the city, so families all over Indy can take advantage of this great educational experience.
Meridian Music School — Whether your child is just starting to explore music, or ready to focus on learning an instrument, Meridian Music School is a great place to be. The Carmel school offers private lessons for children and adults, and a wide variety of instruments are taught there — everything from piano to voice to saxophone! There are also general music and movement classes for children as young as 18 months.
No matter the instrument or the genre, incorporating interactive music experiences into your child’s life will benefit them for years to come. Check out one of these great opportunities, and go make some music together!