UPDATED JULY 2014: New York City has a lot of options when it comes to music and theater programs for kids. Here's a list of music and theater studios that offer classes for kids in Manhattan in neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Greenwich Village, Midtown, Chelsea, Tribeca, Financial District, and Murray Hill.
THE DILLER-QUAILE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
24 E. 95th St., New York
Since 1920, Diller-Quaile has been developing the innate musicality in each individual, inspiring participation for a lifetime. Diller-Quaile offers Early Childhood Classes (ages 3 months-6 years); Instrument and Voice Lessons, Classes and Ensembles; Adult Programs; and Teacher Training/Dalcroze Courses. Rug Concerts for young children, master classes, and faculty concerts occur throughout the year. Curricula emanate primarily from international folk music and classical music. The School annually enrolls 1,100 students of all ages. Fall classes begin in September; visit diller-quaile.org to apply online. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools.
224 W. 30th St., New York
Join Greenwich House in the heart of Greenwich Village for loads of fun and creative children’s programming for kids ages 6 months to 14 years. There’s early childhood enrichment, private and group music, Suzuki violin, ballet and jazz, basketball, science lab, architecture and design, ceramics, and much more! Greenwich House has it all for every age! Registration is ongoing. Walk-over and late pick-up options are available for the after-school programming. For more information, please visit greenwichhouse.org or call 212-991-0003 x402.
14 Jumel Terrace, #3, New York
Ms. Scarborough has been a versatile performer and teacher for nearly three decades. She has played in symphony, ballet, and chamber orchestras, and done extensive commercial and studio work. Offering violin/viola summer private lessons, in your home or uptown studio, Ms. Scarborouth also plays and teaches classical, folk fiddle, and jazz violin—there's something for everyone's interests and ability levels. Please contact her at email@example.com, or call 240-277-8540.
KIDS MUSICROUND AT SMALL WORLD CONNECT
Manhattan and Manhasset Locations,
Since 1999, nationally acclaimed Kids MusicRound has been offering its super-enriching music and movement classes for newborns to kindergarteners. Kids MusicRound spawns strong thinking skills by stressing fundamental musical competency and whole brain learning. The melodies are lively, the lyrics are smart, and the syllabus is firmly grounded in established music theories. Maximize your child’s early potential in this first-rate development-through-music enrichment program.
ATLANTIC ACTING SCHOOL
76 Ninth Ave., Suite 537, New York
The After School Program is a great introduction to storytelling, writing, acting, and improvisation. The Atlantic philosophy of ensemble, and our commitment to creating your own work, is deeply rooted in the creative acting experience for all age groups. Younger children create characters and stories through creative play and improvisational exercises, while older children are introduced to the Atlantic Technique as they approach their first scene work and monologues. All classes culminate in a workshop performance at the end of each semester. Fall workshops begin September 15.
JEN RUDIN CASTING
119 W. 72nd St., #397, New York
Jen Rudin, CSA, is an award-winning casting director (Chicken Little, The Princess and the Frog). She offers private audition coaching and classes for TV, film, voiceover, musical theatre, improvisation, and parent career coaching. A former casting executive for The Walt Disney Company, and author of Confessions of a Casting Director (Harper Collins), Jen specializes in classes for kids ages 7-17.
CAP21 Studios, 18 W. 18th St., Room 603, New York
Polaris Productions LeCee Johnson, artistic director CAP21 Studios 18 W. 18th St., Room 603 917-658-9538 polarisproductions.org firstname.lastname@example.org August is the sweetest month, because from Aug. 4-14, Polaris Productions offers Willy Wonka, Jr. theater Camp for ages 8-13. Whether you need a fun summer activity for your veteran child actor, have a child who just wants to test the waters of musical theater, or one who just wants to have a fun camp experience, look no further. We offer two weeks of music, dance, and acting instruction in a friendly, supportive environment. At camp’s end, the kids will perform Willy Wonka, Jr. for family and friends.