Connecticut Programs

We are excited to be starting some programs in rural Connecticut this fall!

Small group guitar and piano lesson programs will be offered at Salisbury Elementary School Aftercare Program, administrated by SOAR, and in Kent Connecticut, offered by Kent Parks and Recreation. The programs are only $99 for 4 weeks.

Financial Aid is available to families for whom the tuition would be a hardship. Appropriately sized rental instruments are available for just $12 for the four weeks.

We will be holding benefit concerts in Salisbury on September 18th and in New Milford on September 25th, to help fund the financial aid packages. We hope you will come. We ask a donation of $10 for individuals and $25 for families.

Welcome Polite Piggies Summer Camp!

On Friday, July 8, 2022, we had our first general music lessons with the preschoolers and kindergarteners in Polite Piggies’ Summer Camp at The Maury School in Washington DC. The children learned the basics of how to conduct music while they listened for how many instruments were playing in both classical and jazz pieces of music. They also sang classical solfege notes, jazz lyrics, and their selected children’s songs. In addition, many did a bit of guitar strumming on their teacher’s guitar, with his help.

Welcome to The Henry Grew School!

We are excited to begin giving lessons in piano, violin, and guitar at The Henry Grew Elementary School in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. We are starting this Wednesday, November 10th, with violin lessons after school at Grew. Since Thursday is a holiday, we won’t begin guitar and piano lessons until next week. There’s still time to sign up, and spaces are open in 3rd-5th grade violin and piano, and in K-2nd grade guitar. Just click on to enroll your Grew child today!

No children at The Grew School, BTU Pilot or Stoddert Elementary? Just send us an email or give us a call at a local number the bottom of our Contact Us page on our site. We will be happy to explore setting up after school music clubs at your child’s school, because at The Village Music School, Everyone Is Musical!

Welcome Back Stoddert!

We are very happy to be returning to Stoddert Elementary this week for in-person after school music clubs, with many thanks to Coach V at Stoddert Extended Day and the Stoddert PTO.

Guitar clubs began this Tuesday, October 5 at 3:30 for Kindergarten through 2nd graders, and at 4:30 for 3rd through 5th graders.

We are pleased as punch to see that some of our longtime pre-pandemic and through-pandemic (via Zoom) students have enrolled to continue with us. We look forward to finally seeing you in-person again this week. Welcome Back to The Village Music School!

After School Music Clubs: BTU Begins

At The Village Music School, we are very excited about the new after school music clubs being offered at the Boston Teachers Union Pilot K-8 School. The BTU School is located in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and the afterschool music clubs are starting next week. There are piano, guitar, and violin clubs for small groups (4-6) of students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade and 3rd through 5th grade. The response from parents has been very positive. Groups have been filling up so fast that we have split two of the K-2 groups, adding another teacher for each.

In addition, we have had interest in adding 6th through 8th grade clubs as well, so they are in the works. It is entirely possible that they will be ready to begin the second week of October.

Does this sound like something you’d like for your child or grandchild? Contact Us to ask about adding the same kinds of after school music clubs at your child’s school or aftercare facility. We can have a program up and running as quickly as within two weeks.

A great article about benefits of music education

This excellent article, “Musicians who train from a young age have more ‘connected’ brains, study finds” gives more evidence of the long-term benefits of beginning music education at a young age. These are great reasons to sign up your young child for some music lessons today!

Mom on the Value of Practice

Remember the old joke about the young man getting lost while visiting New York City? He sees an old man playing the violin on the street for tips and tosses him a quarter asking him, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”

The old man looks at him and says, “Practice!”

Watch this brief video in which a a mother tells about the benefits she has seen her young children enjoy as a result of practicing their musical instruments as little as ten minutes a day.

Welcome Litchfield County!

We are thrilled to be offering 4-lesson online sessions to young students in Litchfield County, CT for only $99. The Waterbury Republican American Community News has just posted our press release featuring a picture of one of our many students. Here’s a link to the article:

Actually, anyone can take advantage of this offer, since we are doing these lessons online.

As always, our friends at The Village Music School Foundation can help families who cannot afford the lessons..

So visit our Online Lessons page and sign up your child today.

After all, Everyone Is Musical!

Struggling to Keep Kids Busy?

Hard Parenting During COVID-19
The news explores the difficulties of parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this pandemic, it’s clear that many parents are struggling to keep their children occupied while everyone is home. 

Schools are closed, and summer camps may very well be closed as well.

What are parents to do? 

Online group or individual music lessons are one way to keep your children busy and happy, learning to play guitar, violin, flute, piano, or percussion instruments. Group lessons are especially helpful in providing some degree of socialization that children may be missing during these days of social distancing. In a group lesson, you can allow your child to interact with other children online while an adult teacher supervises. 

With The Village Music School’s methods, a beginner learns how to play a song in the very first lesson! 

Visit our Online Lessons page for more information and sign up for lessons today!