I’ve always loved music. I love that no matter which language you speak, all music sounds the same. I also love that it’s such an easy way to connect with kids. From practically the moment they are born, we are singing to our kids. We teach through music, we counsel through music, and we love through music. There are so many places in our great city for kids who love music, and I’ve done your homework for you—here is a list of places for your music-loving kids to thrive.
- The Music Playhouse: Carmel and Broad Ripple locations
The Music Playhouse is an interactive wonderland for kids of all ages. They offer programs for kids from birth to age 6. The Music Playhouse offers sessions that help children in early childhood learn through music. Song, dance, instruments, and repetition are taught in the playhouse. Parents attend classes with the kids, and they’re encouraged to continue the learning at home. Open house demo classes are available, if you’d like to pop in and check it out. You can click here to visit their website. The cost for a full 10-week session is $150, which includes the classes, a CD, and a songbook. They are currently located in Carmel, with a second location recently opened in Broad Ripple at The Riviera Club.
- Meridian Music: Carmel
Meridian Music offers group music lessons for children ages 18 months to 7 years. Their website offers insight into the curriculum they offer, and how their classes are broken up. Private music lessons are also available through Meridian Music, and they also service pianos, keyboards, and organs. There are summer music camps available as well, and if you’d like more info, their website encourages you to call 317-575-9588 for additional inquiries.
- ShooBeeLoo Music and Movement: Fishers
ShooBeeLoo parent and child classes currently take place at the Fishers YMCA (contact them here to get registered). The age range for children goes from 10 months to 5 years. Besides the parent and child classes, ShooBeeLoo also offers Preschool Drop-off Classes, in which you can drop of your preschooler for a half hour for a group interactive music class. ShooBeeLoo also offers parties, with a 50 minute interactive music set. Prices vary, depending on which program you prefer, and you can check out the website here.
- Kindermusik: Indianapolis
The Kindermusik program is run by The Indianapolis Academy of Fine Arts, located on Union Chapel Road in Indy. The program is designed for kids, from birth to age 7, and focuses on the development of the brain through music. They offer tiered classes, based on age, and most classes are $48 per session, with 12 classes per lesson. For children over age 7, you’re welcome to check out the Indianapolis Academy of Fine arts, as they offer music lessons and interactive programs for students of all ages. You can check out the website here.
- Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre: Indianapolis
Talk about an experience! Take your school-aged kids to Beef & Boards to experience musical theatre first hand, and allow them to take in the wonder of the stage. While you’re there, you get to eat. Dinner and a show? Don’t mind if I do. Beef & Boards also offers children’s theatre, in which the younger kids get to watch a condensed version of a kid’s show, complete with a juice box and a snack. If your kids love the theatre so much that they crave being on the stage, Beef & Boards frequently holds casting calls for children’s roles. You can check out their site here.
- Indianapolis Children’s Choir
The ICC provides musical education to children ages 18 months through kindergarten, a choir program for 1st-3rd grades, and additional choir opportunities for kids in 4th through 12th grades. The ICC also provides a program for special needs. The choir program allows children to thrive via their love of music, while mastering the art of performing, and building confidence. Prices vary, depending on the grade level and program. Check out their website.
- IUPUI Music Academy: Indianapolis
The Academy offers classes for children ages 3-12 years. Private lessons are also available. Through the IUPUI Academy, kids will be exposed to different types of music, including professional productions and recitals. The Academy is located on Michigan St in Indianapolis, and you can locate their website here.