Life-long Learning Directory


Children's Yamaha Music School

Edina & Roseville


Studies prove that the ideal time to begin formal music training is when the ear is the most receptive, between the ages of 3 1/2 -6. Children's Yamaha Music School offers basic musicianship and keyboard instruction for children 3 1/2 and up. Age appropriate activities include: music appreciation, singing (utilizing solfege techniques), keyboard playing, rhythm activities, movement, pitch recognition, note reading and writing, ensemble participation and musical games. Enroll now for the beginnings of a lifetime of musical enjoyment!


386 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, U of M, St. Paul


CitySongs is a free music program offered to all youth in grades 3-8 offering music instruction and practise, special appearances and educational sessions by local performers, instruction in singing, harmony, movement, choreography and song writing, public performances, private briefings and tours, mentorships, leadership opportunities, academic coaching, and recording video projects. CitySongs helps develop competence, confidence, and individual potential through diverse group music participation.

Family Music Center (Music Together ®)*

Golden Valley, Wayzata, Lake Harriet area


Music and movement for children ages 0-4 years, with a parent/caregiver. Research-based, age appropriate music experience that is fun for the family. International program, finally in Minnesota! Free classes offered in August in locations above. First class Sept. 20. To register, or for more information, call Angela Barberg, Director or check the website.

Growing With Music, Incorporated

A Developmental Music Program For Toddlers & Preschoolers(tm)

5 metro studio locations, and offered in more than 150 childcare programs


Early childhood music exploration including a variety of singing, movement and instrumental activities that emphasize overall development while introducing basic music concepts. All classes are taught by credentialed instructors.

Gymboree Play and Music

5011 Ewing Ave, 50th & France, Edina


Don't miss a beat! Gymboree Music offers two class levels that are more fun than you can imagine. Our half notes program for toddlers explores the foundation of musical development. Whole notes, for preschoolers, engage in imaginative movement stories set to music. Play instruments, sing and dance at Gymboree.

Kara's Musikgarten

4309 Lexington Pte Pkwy, Eagan


Musikgarten curricula was developed by internationally recognized Early Childhood Music Educator, Dr. Lorna Heyge. Through songs, movement and dances, instruments and listening, your child (0-3 years) will be introduced to the wonderful world of music at Kara's Musikgarten. Please call for more information and/or to register for Fall classes.

MacPhail Center for the Arts

1128 LaSalle Ave, Mpls


MacPhail Center for the Arts is the best comprehensive community resource for education and performance opportunities in the musical arts for people of all ages, abilities and economic circumstances. We fulfill our mission through a variety of music lessons, performance experiences, master classes and many other opportunities for the entire family.



If your child is seven years old or younger, you both have a fun-tastic opportunity to make music together in a Musikgarten class. This internationally - acclaimed program offers classes aimed at specific age levels that include music and dance activities that are fun and educational. Call 1800-216-6864 for a Musikgarten teacher near you.

StageCoach Theatre Arts Schools

Edina, Minnetonka, St. Paul


For three hours each week your child or teenager can be part of a fun-packed, educational leisure activity based on the performing arts. StageCoach teaches the skills they need to act, dance and sing. These skills don't disappear when they come off the stage. StageCoach training is a training for life.

University of St. Thomas
Conservatory of Music

St. Paul (NE corner of Summit & Cleveland)


The Conservatory of Music has offered group and individualized private instruction taught by established and recognized artist-teachers since 1985. The Conservatory of Music strives to provide the highest quality of comprehensive musical education to the community by expecting excellence, while fostering creativity and imagination, within a challenging and respectful learning environment.


BALLAREteatro Dance Theatre

4259 Minnehaha Ave S, Mpls


Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Creative Dance, and Modern classes for ages 3 1/2 through adult in a fun, nurturing environment. Open houses 8/21 and 8/28-noon to 3pm, 8/31 and 9/2-5 to 7:30pm. Classes begin September 7. Call for a brochure.

Ballet Arts Minnesota

528 Hennepin Ave #203, Mpls


Ballet Arts Minnesota is based at the Hennepin Center for the Arts, with satellite classes at Hopkins Fine Arts Center and Edina Community Center. Ballet Arts Minnesota offers a nine-level professional division for students ages 8-18. Open ballet classes are offered for those who study ballet solely for its physical and aesthetic benefits. Ballet Arts Minnesota also strives to cultivate a child's abilities with its Young Children's Division, ages 4-8. The 1999-2000 year begins September 7, 1999, offering classes in ballet, modern, jazz, yoga, and conditioning for all ages and abilities.

Barbi Lee Dance Arts

7035 Cahill Rd, Edina


Quality dance lessons for all ages, from 1 1/2 to adult. Ballet, tap and jazz. A non-competitive dance program where students learn the art of dance in a fun but disciplined atmosphere from dedicated professionals. New classes beginning in September.

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