Singer-songwriter Christina Herche’s voice and guitar skills are heard at venues both big and small. She has played for the crowd while in bands—including The Emmons Sisters and The Ivy Street Band—and solo. When not onstage or in the studio, Herche teaches budding musicians how to play guitar and its more difficult cousin, air guitar.
NewSongs School of Music expands instrument IQs with a medley of musical instruction courses for adults and kids age 5 and older, covering everything from the drums to the flute to vocals. Exchange air guitars for solid strings in the four-week Intro to Guitar course ($85), which pairs no more than six students age 9–12 with an experienced-eared instructor, or facilitate a toddler jam band with the one-hour Morning Music for Little Musicians ($15 for one drop-in class), during which tiny superstars develop rhythm, pitch, and industry connections. A musical theater course ($18 for one drop-in class) invites students to practice acting and Broadway-style song, and a week of Talent Camp, held in half- and full-day ($24/day or $108/week) sessions, lets participants experience camp camaraderie without the threat of bunk-bed bogeymen. NewSongs School of Music holds classes at a variety of days and times to accommodate tight schedules, and it employs a bevy of experienced, professional instructors.
If you had a Q&A with Sara Thompson, you'd learn that she loves working with kids and cherishes her own. But children are just part of what drives her. The educator and owner of Kindermusik by Musical Milestones has adored music since she herself was a child singing in choirs and acting in local theater. She passes on her passion to the next generation—including her daughter, the inspiration for Kindermusik—through music and movement classes for kids. From babies to seven-year-olds, students grasp basic musical properties as their social and emotional skills grow like sponges in a sauna.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age, from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions. See the calendar for scheduled times
While singer demand the most attention and guitar players plug into the biggest amps, music aficionados understand that with a competent drummer, songs quickly lose their swagger. At The Drum School, a team of trained instructors champions the rhythm section staple with lessons for full-grown percussionists and the city's youngest drummers alike. In addition to learning basic beats and fills, students also engaging with pop music from across the decades; recent practice songs include tracks from AC/DC, The Beatles, Jay-Z, and One Direction.