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Introducing babies, toddlers, and young children to the joy of music.
Developmental Music Classes for Babies, Toddlers, & Kids
Our Early Childhood specialists incorporate song, chant, movement exercises, and instrument play to develop a child’s imagination, musical awareness, and expressiveness.
Your child will have a blast learning essential musical building blocks and taking their first steps on a lifetime journey of musical appreciation.
Claim Your Free Trial Class!
New to Merit? Try out an Early Childhood class for FREE.
Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance and weekend free trials scheduled by 12pm on Friday. Thanks for your cooperation!
Why Early Childhood Music Classes?
Improved Perceptual Skills
- Language and literacy aptitudes
- Spatial reasoning
- Fine motor coordination
- Planning, prediction, and understanding of syntax
Benefits in School
- Music students show better memory, vocabulary, and reading levels over the course of a year
- Musical children are more likely to pursue higher education
Stronger Sense of Self
- Enhanced communication and interpersonal skills
- Added motivation and ambition
- Greater self-regulation, discipline, and focus
What Parents Are Saying
"Class has definitely helped my child’s gross motor skills. She was pretty quiet before and now she’s running and dancing all over the place. It’s something she looks forward to every week.”
"Our little ones LOVE LOVE LOVE this class and look forward to it all week."
"Music has been shown in studies to help in the development of young minds, and we have seen it firsthand. Our teacher is great at incorporating not just different types of music, but also baby sign language and basic developmental skills."
Meet Your Teachers
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I switch classes or class times?
Nap times change, students advance and grow faster than we expect…YES. Simply reach out to Ms. Frances at [email protected] and she’ll work with you to switch you into a class that works.
If we miss a class, can we make it up?
Yes! Three make-up classes are allowed per semester with 24 hours’ notice to your child’s instructor and Ms. Frances at [email protected]. 10 make-up classes are allowed per year for families enrolled in Early Childhood annual memberships.
The current semester has already begun. Can I still join? How do I get my tuition prorated?
Yes, you can join at any point during a semester! Simply contact Ms. Frances at [email protected] to join one of our classes with open spots and get set up with prorated tuition for the classes you missed.
Do you offer a free trial?
We do! Merit is happy to offer one free trial class for new families. Fill out the form at the top of this page to get started. Someone from our team will be in touch with you to confirm the details of your trial class.
Find the Right Music Class for Your Child
With age-appropriate options for kids ages 0-8, the right class is just a click away!