Music Lessons in New York City

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Spotlighted in Time magazine and the New York Times, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals is a nationally renowned program offering a unique take on musical education for children 3 months to 4 years old. Classes consist of 45 minutes of singing, dancing, musical storytelling, and jamming. Children's songsmith David Weinstone designed a curriculum celebrating the urban environment as well as universal concerns of youth via his classes, which have exploded into the national spotlight since their humble beginnings in 1997. Rather than being strict and results-driven, the teaching style at Music for Aardvarks is based on adult modeling and exposing children to ideas and sounds without dumbing them down. Parent participation is strongly encouraged for atonal squealers and former Yes drummers alike. Check the Music for Aardvarks website for the drop-in sessions and 10-class series schedules.

130 East 80th Street
New York,
NY
US

With bicoastal learning labs that give students complete access to mixing and sound equipment, dubspot is one of the country's foremost institutions for learning music and media technologies. The school's course list covers everything from DJing to sound design. Class sizes of 10 people or less ensure each student gets plenty of one-on-one instruction, which is fortunate since the instructors have plenty of wisdom to offer. Their ranks include a Grammy-nominated producer and a sound designer for the Oscar-winning animated film Wall-E.

Even when they're not in class, students have access to the lab facilities six days a week. Those unable to attend courses in person at the New York or LA schools can also enroll online, an option which gives them access to instructional videos for up to one year or until their computer gets old enough to move out on its own.

348 West 14th Street
New York,
New York
US

New York Jazz Workshop fosters a student-first environment by allowing pupils to design the institute's curriculum. If someone desires a class not present on the current roster, they can suggest their preferred subject of study and the instructors will design a curriculum as soon as four students show interest. This means that the music school can host classes in anything from rollicking New Orleans–style ensembles to mournful kazoo dirges. Thus the school offers a valuable opportunity for anyone, amateur or professional, to play in a band setting under the direction of a world-class faculty, many of whom are associated with various music institutes around New York.

853 7th Avenue
New York,
NY
US

Even though it’s been lauded by CBS New York, Time Out New York Kids, and Nickelodeon Parents Connect, ABC Do-Re-Me! most values praise from its students. At each energetic studio, newborns to 6-year-olds ecstatically bounce along to children’s songs from a live guitarist or to tunes by pop artists such as the Beatles, the Black Eyed Peas, and Madonna, as they build cognitive skills, develop socially, and create dance routines that will wow at baby prom.

2537 Broadway
New York,
NY
US

With 58 schools in 23 states, the inspiring and performance-driven School of Rock enthusiastically infuses fledgling tunesmiths across the nation with the rhythm, skill, and confidence required to rock 'n' roll. Each instructor at the school is a professional musician, and fully equipped with the know-how to catapult instrumentalists to the crest of Mount Rockmore.

630 9th Avenue
New York,
NY
US

Alan uses a specialized system of vocal instruction that he's developed over the course of 20 years. Over this time, Alan has been the lead vocal instructor at multiple music schools, released numerous albums, written four volumes in a nationally distributed book series, and has supplied music for numerous film and stage productions and radio stations. His lessons are open to students of all skill levels, even those who are seeking improvement in areas outside of music. Actors working on projection or delivery will benefit from Alan's keen ear. Likewise, public speakers will build charisma through subtle refinement.

36 East 23rd Street
New York,
NY
US