A foundational element of human development is learning to express oneself through music. Presently, one can rely on these five schools to provide the best music classes for kids. Read further to learn why. Get more information and get started by contacting the school directly
St. Paul Music Academy
27 Geranium Ave. E.
Saint Paul, MN 55117
(651) 293-8795

St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) offers music immersion for budding Beethovens. Where else can children learn keyboard, voice and violin in kindergarten, first and second grade? Students in third, fourth and fifth grades may join the chorus, learn keyboard or play their own choice of string or wind instrument in orchestra. In addition to the emphasis on music, there is 60 minutes of math and 90 minutes of reading every day. Students also have access to dental care, housing assistance and employment assistance through Achievement Plus, a private-public partnership between SPPS and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

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MacPhail Center For Music
501 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 321-0100

Youth development opportunity abounds at MacPhail, as it provides classes and music lessons for children starting at six weeks through their teens. Teachers at this center are tuned into musical needs in early child development. They are imaginative and adaptive to the diversity, needs and learning styles of youth as they grow and advance. MacPhail offers a full spectrum of classes, allowing youth to advance from introductory to mastery. Furthermore, these classes are offered at Apple Valley, Austin, Chanhassen, Minneapolis and White Bear Lake, as well as online.

(credit: McNally Smith College Of Music)

(credit: McNally Smith College Of Music)

McNally Smith College Of Music
19 E Exchange St.
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 291-0177

Get a head start in a music career in the music, audio or media industry. While McNally Smith is primarily a college, high school students should be aware of this outstanding opportunity through Minnesota’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options. Contemporary music education courses cover many topics in general education, music business, music studies in performance, composition and music technology, leading to careers in audio engineering, composing, managing, performing, producing, promoting or songwriting.

Schmitt Music
2436 Cleveland Ave. N.
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-0801

Although Schmitt Music is known for musical instrument sales, this prevalent music establishment attracts thousands of music students to its classes every week. Perhaps one reason for this popularity is that the stores are open seven days a week, allowing for a wider range of availability in class times. Find group and private music lessons for all ages and abilities starting at 3- to 6-years-old. The most popular group lessons for teens is Group Guitar. Schmitt Music’s Edina location promotes music awareness and appreciation by hosting MacPhail Center’s Family Music Class. You can find Schmitt Music Centers in Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Duluth, Edina, Maplewood, Park Rapids, Minnetonka, Rochester, Roseville and Virginia, Minnesota.

The Saint Paul Conservatory Of Music

26 E Exchange St, Suite 500
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 224-2205

Find a special focus on exploring music in the very early years. The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music has classes for kids as young as 18 to 36 months. Youth aged 7 to 17 participate in chamber music or chorus during the school year. The school also offers two summer camps. Children from kindergarten to sixth grade are eligible for The Children’s Music Workshop. Teens enroll in Maestros of the Future camp; it is filled with variety. In addition to the two to three hours of performing music each day, students get to participate in master classes with local professional musicians, hear guest speakers, see guest artists perform, take field trips and get involved in team-building activities.

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.