Music has long been known as a universal language. While there are vast styles and instruments among the musical community, learning to play music has proven to be beneficial to people of all ages and levels. More and more, parents today are seeking music classes for their children as young as babies. Luckily for Orange County, there is a long list of children’s music programs available that are designed for newbies, the naturally inclined as well as for the more experienced. The best schools seem to offer a variety of instrumental instruction, fun environments to learn in and the opportunities to perform.
The Music Factory
1125 Victoria St., Suite C
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Kids come to The Music Factory for a real and very fun music learning experience. Parents send their kids here for a solid education in music theory, style as well as rehearsal time. Among their offerings, The Music Factory teaches guitar, piano, drums, vocals and DJ classes. Owning the fact that kids are often indecisive about committing to a hobby, and especially an expensive one, The Music Factory gets it and offers first-time students a 30-day trial period, which includes four 30-minute private lessons (any instrument, vocals or level included). If the kid is into it, then the parent pays for the classes plus a mere $39 registration fee. The guys behind Music Factory are all pros with music industry backgrounds in punk, honky tonk and So Cal radio experience.
Corona Music Center
1191 Magnolia Ave., Suite B
Corona CA 92882
Corona Music Center brings music front and center to kids as young as three years old. Instilling the philosophy that giving a child the opportunity to experiment with music opens doors for higher education, stronger academics and overall positive life experiences, Corona Music Center has been offering classes and instruction since 1960. The music school employs music industry and university trained teachers offering students various teaching styles from classical and jazz to rock n’ roll (specific rock band classes are available) and pop. Instruments taught include piano, guitar, violin, drum, voice and some others.
Orange County Music Conservatory
16139 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley CA 92708
Welcoming new and experienced students of music, Orange County Music Conservatory provides group and private music instruction for saxophone, clarinet, flute, viola, violin, piano, drums, guitar and vocal. With the goal of giving children a lifetime love for music, Orange County Music Conservatory provides classic training by teachers who have experience in music performance and as music teachers. Many of the school’s instructors are active members of state and national music teacher associations including MTAC (Music Teachers Association of California) and MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), which often give Orange County Music Conservatory students the chance to perform in evaluations and competitions.
18032 Lemon Drive
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
The more serious music student in Orange County prefers Mosaic Music for classes. Founded by Julliard-trained Rhys Buchele, the Mosaic Music school fosters an enjoyable learning environment for students of guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, wind instruments and voice. A variety of musical styles are taught such as rock, pop, country, jazz and classical, giving its students exposure to all forms of music. Each week, musicians receive “take-home” recordings of lessons to assist with at-home practice. Mosaic Music hosts three concerts each year for students to have performance experience as well as to show off to the family what they have been learning.
Kids Love Music: Babies!
Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Way
Brea, CA 92821
Kids Love Music is the brainchild of husband-wife team Gary and Karen Greeno, both who have extensive professional music backgrounds. The Kids Love Music program engages babies as young as four months old through four-years-old. Specifically, the class for babies is taught through various Orange County community centers. Taught by Karen, this particular series of classes welcomes special parent-baby bonding time. Karen leads parents in lap songs, peek-a-boo and rhythmic chants and sounds of shakers and drums. This program is designed to help babies gain motor skills, language and building blocks for tonal memory through music. Parents should bring a baby blanket to class. And, needless to say, but important to add, adult participation is required.
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