Parent’s Guide to Toddler Music Classes in Indianapolis

Parent's Guide to Toddler Music Classes in Indianapolis

Are you interested in getting your toddler involved in a music class?  Here are my top 6 favorite options in Indianapolis:

Joyful Melodies Intergenerational Music Classes

Joyful Melodies provides music therapy and music classes primarily in Avon, Indianapolis, and the surrounding areas.  Intergenerational Music Classes bring children 6 months – 3 years old into retirement communities, where they play instruments, sing songs, have fun, learn, and grow!

Check this page to learn about current class offerings.  Drop-in to the current class semester to try out a class!

Location: Hendricks County, Indianapolis, and some surrounding areas

Like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/makejoyfulmelodies

Visit the website: www.makejoyfulmelodies.com (Subscribe to the blog!)

Nurture The Child through Kindermusik

Nurture the Child Through Kindermusik provides Kindermusik classes for children ages 0-7.  Kindermusik is an international music-and-movement program designed to boost children’s development and teach basic music skills.

Locations: Hendricks County and West Side Indianapolis

Like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ntckindermusik

Visit the website: ntckindermusik.yourvirtuoso.com

The Urban Chalkboard

The Urban Chalkboard is a place for parents to bring their children for open play or structured classes.  Their Play Cafe and Learning Studios are designed to help children grow and develop and give parents a chance to relax and connect with other parents.

Location: Carmel

Like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheUrbanChalkboard

Visit the website: www.theurbanchalkboard.com

The Music Playhouse

The Music Playhouse offers early childhood music classes in Carmel and Broad Ripple.  They use The Music Class curriculum, which focuses on immersing children in a musical environment and providing a solid foundation for music education.

Location: Carmel and Broad Ripple

Like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheMusicPlayhouseIndianapolis

Visit the website: www.themusicclass.com/Center/Default.aspx

Bongo Boy Music School

Bongo Boy Music School provides music lessons and groups in the Castleton area of Indianapolis.  Their Recreational Music Center offers some early childhood music classes, drum circles, and more!

Location: Castleton

Like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BongoBoyMusicSchool

Visit the website: www.bongoboymusic.com

Mr. Daniel at Darrin’s Coffee

Mr. Daniel is an amazing musician who provides various types of engaging opportunities for children and families in Indianapolis.  Sometimes he visits Darrin’s Coffee in Clermont to lead a free music jamboree with kids and families.  Check him out!

Location: Clermont

Like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mrdanieljamboree

Visit the websites: darrinscoffee.comsmileandsaygoodmorning.com

What else would you add to this list?  Let me know your experiences with toddler music classes in the comments!

With joy,

Lauren

Intervention Spotlight: Encouraging Vocalization Through Singing

Intervention Spotlight-Have you ever seen the  movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

One scene depicts the bad guy trying to get Roger to show himself by tapping the rhythm of “Shave and a Haircut…” on the walls.  Roger tries to resist, but in the end he can’t help but to jump out and complete the phrase: “Two Bits!”

We all have a natural inclination to complete unfinished musical phrases.

Music therapists use this to our advantage, especially when we’re working with clients who need some encouragement when it comes to vocalization.  Watch the video below for a demonstration with my sweet daughter:

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Music Classes Build Social Skills

Joyful Melodies Music ClassesI had a very proud mama moment in our Intergenerational Music Class last weekend.  My daughter, Mary, attends the class with my husband every week.  This was the sixth music class of the summer session, and Mary has come out of her shell more and more each class.  This class is held in a retirement home, and we call the older adults “grandfriends” and encourage them to join our class every week.  I often ask the children to interact with their grandfriends by waving hello, asking their names, and taking them small instruments.  Mary has always been shy around the grandfriends and has needed to hang onto one of her parents before she would approach a grandfriend.

This time, when I asked her to take an egg shaker to a grandfriend, Phyllis, she happily took it from me, ran over to Phyllis, and plopped it into her hand!  I was so proud of her and happy to see that she was learning to form relationships with her grandfriends.

The other children have been building social skills in the Intergenerational Music Class, too!  It has been wonderful to see them interact with each other and the grandfriends in more and more meaningful ways throughout this class session.

 

Do you have a child who would benefit from this type of socialization?  Sign up for our next session!  We start in August.  Learn more and register here.

With joy,

Lauren

August/September Classes

We have some exciting classes starting soon!  We would love to have you and your friends join us.  Reserve your spots soon!

Joyful Melodies Music Therapy ClassLET’S ALL MAKE MUSIC

Everyone can make music!  This class, for children ages 0-5 with special needs, uses singing, playing instruments, and movement to encourage children of all abilities to learn, grow, and make new friends. Activities are designed by a music therapist and adapted in the moment to ensure that all children can participate in their own way.  Parents and siblings are encouraged to join in!

Dates: July 25th, August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Time: 9:30am-10:15am

Cost: $84

Location: Bliss Studio, 1620 E Main St, Ste 149, Plainfield, IN

Claim your spot by filling out this registration request form.  You will soon receive a PayPal invoice by email.  Once the payment is received, your registration is confirmed.

LJoyful Melodies Ukulele ClassEARN TO PLAY UKULELE

This class is perfect for the 7-12 year old who shows interest in music and a desire to learn an instrument quickly.  After 6 weeks, the children will know how to tune the ukulele, how to play basic strumming patterns and chord progressions, and be able to play a variety of simple songs.

Dates: July 25th, August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Time: 10:30am-11:15am

Cost: $84

Location: Bliss Studio, 1620 E Main St, Ste 149, Plainfield, IN

Claim your spot by filling out this registration request form.  You will soon receive a PayPal invoice by email.  Once the payment is received, your registration is confirmed.

Intergenerational Music Class (1)Intergenerational Music Class

This class has been so much fun, the grandfriends wanted us to come back for more!   We use singing, playing instruments, reading, and movement to encourage children at all developmental levels to learn and grow. Activities are adapted in the moment to encourage creativity, sharing, turn-taking, and healthy relationships, as well as to reinforce concepts like colors and numbers. At least one parent or caregiver accompanies their child to group, and learns fun songs and activities along with the children to do at home. Children will build special relationships with the older adults in the group, develop positive attitudes towards aging, and have fun with their grandfriends!

Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27, and September 10 and 17

Time: 10:00am-10:45am

Cost for a Single Child: $84

Cost for Multiple Children (same immediate family): $126

Location: The Harrison Retirement Community, 3060 Valley Farms Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214

Claim your spot by filling out this registration request form.  You will soon receive a PayPal invoice by email.  Once the payment is received, your registration is confirmed.

Feel the Beat

Feel the Beat Joyful Melodies Music TherapyI use a lot of improvisation in my music therapy work.  This week I had many music therapy sessions with infants in the hospital who were falling behind on their developmental milestones due to their medical circumstances.  This song, Feel the Beat, stuck with me after it arose spontaneously during a session.

With these infants, I used this song while gently tapping them on various specified body parts.  This helped them become accustomed to positive touch – touch that isn’t painful, like much of the touch they experience during their medical care.

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New Class – Learn to Play Ukulele for 7-12 Year Olds

Joyful Melodies Ukulele Class

This class is perfect for the 7-12 year old who shows interest in music and a desire to learn an instrument quickly.  After 6 weeks, the children will know how to tune the ukulele, how to play basic strumming patterns and chord progressions, and be able to play a variety of simple songs.  You can choose to provide your own ukulele or add the price of one to the registration fee, and I will purchase one for you.

Dates: July 25th, August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Time: 10:30am-11:15am

Cost: $84

Location: Bliss Studio, 1620 E Main St, Ste 149, Plainfield, IN

Claim your spot by filling out this registration request form.  You will soon receive a PayPal invoice by email.  Once the payment is received, your registration is confirmed.

Please share with your friends who may be interested!  This class is going to be so much fun.

Let me know if you have any questions by emailing me: Lauren@makejoyfulmelodies.com.

With joy,

Lauren

New Music Class for Children with Special Needs

Joyful Melodies Music Therapy Class

I am so excited about this new class!  If you have a child with special needs under the age of 6, this is the summer music class for you!  Music therapy has been used to help children with special needs for years.  We’ll use singing, playing instruments, and movement to encourage children of all abilities to learn, grow, and make new friends. Activities will be adapted in the moment to ensure that all children can participate in their own way.  Parents and siblings are welcome to join in the fun!

Dates: July 25th, August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Time: 9:30am-10:15am

Cost: $84

Location: Bliss Studio, 1620 E Main St, Ste 149, Plainfield, IN

Claim your spot by filling out this registration request form.  You will soon receive a PayPal invoice by email.  Once the payment is received, your registration is confirmed.

Please share this opportunity with your friends who have children with special needs!  We can’t wait to make music with you!

If you have any questions about this class, email me: Lauren@makejoyfulmelodies.com.

With joy,

Lauren