Music is a key to developing learning skills for children, and helps their brains develop. These skills carry through childhood, school, and into adulthood. The Seattle area offers many choices for music lessons and classes for children of all ages. Whether it is a public program, private school, or an individual musician (music teacher), a child will benefit from the experience. These programs offer an opportunity for children to grow and expand their style of learning, ability to remember, and have fun.
Music Center Of The Northwest
901 N. 96th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 526-8443 

The Music Center of the Northwest is a non-profit music school in north Seattle. Students range in age from children to adults. The program is community oriented, and offers opportunities for everyone through scholarships or tuition help. Their philosophy is that no child is turned away that wants to take classes. The school works on exposing students to music through lessons and live performances. They offer opportunities for children to experience various instruments, and music in general. Classes range from instruments to voice lessons. Students can participate in The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, where they can measure their progress against national standards. The focus is always on the student, and their improvement.

Off the Wall School Of Music
4509 Midvale Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 407-9610

Off the Wall School of Music is located in the Wallingford area of Seattle near Green Lake. The school focuses on teaching music through having fun with the medium. Curriculum revolves around experiencing different musical styles, like bluegrass, jazz, or pop. They teach reading music, but also take the lessons beyond this point. The instruction includes subjects like writing music, learning to be an entertainer, and how to play in a group. The main forms or instruments taught at the school are voice, violin, drums, piano, bass, and guitar. The goal is to be the best school in Seattle, and offer the best variety of classes. The first 30 minute lesson is always free.

The Frances Anderson Center is a great place for kid’s music classes. Photo by Karen Ulvestad

Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 771-0230

The Frances Anderson Center is located in downtown Edmonds, and is run by the City of Edmonds. This community parks and recreation program includes all types of classes. One of the music classes is focused on young children and their parents. It is the Kindermusik class, and it encourages music skills through play and exploration. The class builds good music skills at a young age, that carries through to older years.

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Ballard Academy Of Music & Dance
2404 N.W. 80th St.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 240-3408

Located in Ballard district of Seattle, the Ballard Academy of Music & Dance offers a wide variety of music lessons for all ages. Children 5 and younger participate in fun group classes, and older children learn through a private lesson format. The school teaches voice, flute, violin, and other instruments. This school focuses on the individual learning, instead of group classes.

Village Theatre Kids Stage classes are held at the Cope Gillette Theatre. Photo by Karen Ulvestad

Kidstage At Village Theatre
2730 Wetmore Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
(425) 740-5035

Kidstage at Village Theatre has two locations in the greater Seattle area, one is in Everett and the other is in Issaquah. The program is geared towards children pre-K through college. The classes focus on building theatre skills for life, and each child receives positive encouragement. The music portion of the program revolves around musical theater and voice lessons. The instructors are in the business, and experts in the classes that they teach. The program works on a quarterly schedule. Advanced programs that include music classes include Pathways to the Institute, Village Theatre Institute, and other advanced programs. Students hone their skills, and participate in a demonstration of skills for parents on the last day of class.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at