Best Music Classes For Kids In New York City

August 20, 2010 11:10 AM

Students from the School of Rock perform

Students from the School of Rock perform (photo credit:

Students from the School of Rock perform

Students from the School of Rock perform (photo credit:

One of the benefits of raising children in New York City is that we can introduce them to a world full of many cultures within the five boroughs. Music allows us to experience American history and world cultures in a fun and entertaining way. Here’s a top list of music classes for children.

Brooklyn Queens Conservatory of Music
58 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-3300

The Brooklyn Queens Conservatory is one of the oldest and largest community music schools in the nation and here children ages 18 months and up can experience instrumental music and movement in classical, jazz and world styles. With an expansive array of programs such as the Suzuki method, Music Adventures and Music Therapy, there is something for everyone.

School of Rock
690 9th Avenue, Suite 602
New York, NY 10036
(917) 438-9141

For the ultimate rock and roll education, send your kids to the School of Rock where they can study guitar, drums, keyboard, bass or vocals. Students from second grade through high school learn from professional musicians in weekly private classes and group rehearsals as they learn the discipline of playing in a band. Ultimately, the kids perform for crowds in cool venues all over the city, like Arlene’s Grocery, B.B. Kings and Gramercy Theater.

348 West 14th Street-MEZZ
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-2100

Dubspot offers kids the ultimate urban music experience – learning the art of DJing! In one-on-one classes students are taught music theory and gain hands on experience mixing, scratching and creating their own music using state of the art audio equipment. They get a chance to develop their own technique using a wide range of music styles and no matter what their skill level when they begin, they will graduate with their own DJ name and their own personal mix, along with customized CDs holding their own music.

Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC of Staten Island
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 475-5263

The Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute at the JCC of Staten Island offers an astounding array of music classes for children of any age, including vocal music, instrumental music and music theory. In rooms built to maximize acoustic quality, children learn in private or group classes meant not just to entertain, but also to foster solid musicianship.

Renee Smith is a blogger with Mom in the City.