- Dozens of classes offered throughout the week
- All levels from beginners to advanced students
- Caring, experienced and supportive teachers
- Zoom office hours with 24 hour email support
- Nationally recognized music curriculum
- 24/7 access to library of instructional videos
- Leaders in music education since 1989
CURRENT SESSION IS FULL & CLOSED
Our current spring 2021 session is now full and closed to new students. We are accepting registrations for our Summer 2021 session which begins in mid-May. Get on the waiting list now and we’ll contact you when we know the available classes for the summer session. There is no obligation to register and no credit card or fee is required to get on the waiting list.
• Kindergartners may choose Kinder Music Fun, violin or recorder.
• First graders may choose the violin, recorder or piano/keyboard.
• Second graders may choose violin, recorder, ukulele, piano/keyboard, flute, clarinet, or trumpet.
• Third through eighth graders may choose violin, cello, flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, ukulele, or piano/keyboard.
Lesson Days and Times
Thirty to forty minute small group classes are offered seven days a week. Please use the COMMENT BOX on the registration form to indicate the best day of the week for your child’s lesson and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Online virtual music lesson office hours, email support and extra bonus classes are also available at no extra charge for students needing additional help and guidance.
No payment is needed now to register. We’ll contact you about the availability of classes and payment instructions after we receive your information. Students can join an ongoing class now or wait for a new class to begin.
The program is ongoing and the cost is based on a pro-rated fee depending on when you join the program. The only other expenses will be a music book ($9.95 on amazon) and an instrument. (No instruments are needed for Kinder Music Fun and we provide recorders for the recorder class.) Discounted instrument rental and purchase prices have been arranged for participating music students through our instrument supplier. More information is available when you register.
CLASS SIZE LIMITED and PRIORITY GOES TO THE EARLIEST REGISTRATIONS. PLEASE REGISTER ASAP.
Virtual Music Classes
Online classes offer many advantages including:
• More flexibility in class times with more classes per week
• Shy students feel more at ease in performing online
• Fewer classroom distractions
• Parents can be more involved in the lessons
• Students can enjoy a more comfortable and familiar learning environment free of bells, hard seats, heating issues, etc.
• More personalized attention with student uploads & individual office hours
Choose a day that works for you and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.
COVID-19 and the School Music Program
It is crucial that we find ways to make this experience memorable for the kids, not for the wrong reasons, but for the amazing things they can accomplish in difficult times.
Children need to know that with the support of their parents and teachers, great things can come out of adversity.
Introducing the CMW Referral Program
While we miss seeing everyone at school, our online classes and concerts have shown what our amazing students and teachers are capable of during these unprecedented times.
Online classes allow our students to play music together while being physically apart, and we now have the opportunity to connect students from different schools and locations across the country.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. We look forward to welcoming new students from all over the country this school year!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can children really learn music virtually?
Yes! Children’s Music Workshop teachers use a variety of successful learning strategies that include interactive ZOOM lessons, video tutorials, prompt email replies and online office hours for individual help.
In addition to learning to play a specific instrument, virtual instruction also includes:
• Teaching musical fundamentals including note reading, terminology, music history, etc.
• Incorporating an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra including woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion
• Exploring other modes of music learning including composition, music technology, popular music, world music, etc.
What teaching materials do you use?
After many years of teaching, it became evident that there were very few group instrumental music methods on the market for elementary age students. So, we have developed our own collection of more than 250 woodwind, brass and string books created specifically for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Written by Larry Newman, these books are used in all Children’s Music Workshop programs and are available world-wide via amazon.com and at musicfunbooks.com.
How many students are in a class?
Our small group lessons vary from six to twelve in a class. The number depends on the type of instrument, ability level of the students and the duration of the class. We wait to create classes that will be successful after the registration process is complete.
Are classes grouped by grade level?
No, our classes are grouped by instrument and playing level. It would not be unusual for a second grader to be in the same class as a fourth grader if both are learning the same instrument and have been playing the same amount of time. Multi-grade classes are a very positive part of the music class experience.
My child already is taking piano lessons. Won’t two instruments be too much?
Students with piano background usually do better than those without it. Piano lessons aid the orchestra student in reading, counting, developing musicianship and much more.
My child is very busy. How much practice do you expect?
The first year of playing is more of an exploratory year. Students should play at home three to four times a week but daily practice is not expected. The second year students should be practicing five days per week for 15 to 20 minutes per session. See our webpage on home practice for more information.
My child wants to play violin but I think that instrument is too hard. Should he play something easier like the flute?
The violin is a great first instrument for even the youngest musician. It comes in many sizes and is fit to the size of the child. Each instrument has its own challenges. For some children, the flute can be very difficult – for others it is easy. The important thing is for your child to find an instrument that produces the kind of sound they want to make rather than the instrument’s appearance or reputation as difficult or easy. Your music teacher will let you know early on if there are some physical issues that may make learning a particular chosen instrument a challenge.
I saw cheap instruments at the local big discount warehouse store and on the internet. Can I buy one of those?
We only allow students to play brand name, quality student instruments approved for school music program. For a list of approved instruments, click here.
What if my child wants to drop out?
We offer full refunds through the third week of classes. After that time, there are no refunds so that we know the class is properly funded for the school year. Our retention rate is very high and drop-outs are rare. Of course, student enthusiasm can eb and flow over the course of a school year, so parental involvement and encouragement is very important.
What are the benefits of music education?
Now more than ever, children need the creativity and emotional release that music can provide.
The most powerful benefits of music education are those that are intangible and sometimes difficult to describe. The abilities to confidently perform music, to respond to music in an informed way, to exercise creativity by imagining new music, and connect music to other areas of life are so beneficial that they are sufficient to justify music as a curriculum to be made accessible to all. They also establish a foundation upon which students can pursue personal growth that will serve them throughout their lives.
Recent efforts in research and standards policy lends credence to an argument that music educators have made for years: that music education helps students in their social and emotional development. Even a cursory glance reveals several compelling explanations why this might be the case: music itself and the activities it involves are laden with social and emotional processes; music educators often work with the same students for multiple years, positioning them well to positively impact students’ individual growth; all people, especially youth, appreciate some music, and students frequently report that participation in music is their favorite part of school.
Music classes also incorporate community-advancing activities, presenting students with opportunities to develop relationship skills. Students in music work collectively toward shared goals, exercising skills including collaboration, communication, and conflict resolution. Cooperative music-making experiences can also positively impact students’ proclivity for empathetic thinking and behavior, leading to them becoming more socially aware. Social awareness and relationship skills, combined with self-awareness and self-management skills, enable students to act and reflect in more informed and critical ways, ultimately supporting them in responsible decision-making.
In addition to music practice and music-making, the lives of students are enhanced and enriched by participation in music education. While it may not be possible to recreate all the conditions that produce all of the extra-musical benefits described here in a virtual platform, Children’s Music Workshop teachers are aware of the need to promote and embed social and emotional learning into instructional practice whether working with students face to face, virtually, or both during the 2020-2021 school year.
How can I register my child for online music classes?
GETTING AN INSTRUMENT
Children’s Music Workshop students can get discounted prices on instrument rentals, leases and purchases through The Instrument Place.
The Instrument Place carries only music program approved brand-name strings, woodwind and brass instruments. They are a local, family-owned company with the best prices and service available anywhere.
For keyboard instruments, we recommend these brands on amazon.