Music is an important part of every child’s life. Music improves mood and allows kids to express themselves. Taking music lessons is particularly beneficial for childhood development. Studies have proven time and time again that music lessons help children do better in school and develop stronger math skills. While music doesn’t always seem like a priority, it’s important to consider enrolling children in lessons to give them a chance to find their musical passions! Here is a list of Boston’s top-rated music schools for kids.
Children’s Music Center Of Jamaica Plain
284 Amory St.
Boston, MA 02130
The founders of Children’s Music Center truly believe that music programs enrich children’s education. The center is conveniently located a short walk from the Green Street stop on the MBTA’s orange line in the Sam Adams Brewery building. They offer both group and private lessons, and can coordinate in-home lessons as well. Not sure if your child will be into the idea of lessons? Try one of the center’s four-week “toe dipper” programs to get an idea for what the lessons are all about without making any long-term commitments.
Brookline Music School
25 Kennard Road
Brookline, MA 02445
Brookline Music school provides traditional formal lessons for children of all ages. In addition to offering classical piano and band ensemble instrument lessons, they also offer dance, storytelling, musical theater and voice lessons! This means kids have access to a well-rounded set of offerings, ensuring they will find the right fit for their interests. Both group and private lessons are available.
2258-A Dorchester Ave.
Boston, MA 02124
The Boston School of Music Arts offers the widest array of classes and groups. Both children and adults are invited to pursue their musical interests at the school. Some of their more unique offerings include audition coaching, performance mastery courses and violin lessons. There is also “musicskool,” which is specifically geared towards young children ages two years and up. Musicskool is great for kids that have recently grown out of Groovy Baby Music.
112 Shawmut Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
Children that are particularly interested in singing should definitely try out for the Boston Children’s Chorus. This special group is founded on the principles of diversity, empathy and harmony. The group does more than just sing — their goal is to inspire social change through music. By joining Boston Children’s chorus, kids will learn the importance of teamwork, community service and leading by example. The chorus provides opportunity for kids to perform at a variety of events and even travel for special shows across the country.
Groovy Baby Music
1156 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
Groovy Baby Music is a Boston-based group with music classes geared towards very young children. With locations in Downtown Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville, Charlestown, South Boston and Dorchester, there are ways for all Boston area parents to enroll their tots! From baby rhythm classes to yoga, these are the most well-rounded babies in town! Most classes are for infants to kids age four. These classes are a great way to help children develop a love for music early on so they’ll be inspired to take instrument lessons or join a chorus as they grow!
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