Two smiling mothers are holding their toddlers on their laps, the children are holding mallets and playing a drum

Early Childhood Music 

Instructor: Nell Buchman
Location: Studio 14, Lawrence Community Music School (lower level)

Cancellation Policy:
A 50% refund is given prior to the first class; no refund is given after class begins.

Community Guidelines  Tuition Assistance

A child's musical education begins with the melody and rhythm of the parent's voice. It continues with the support of family and school as voice, body, and spirit begin to respond to and create music. Community Music School classes foster the development and refinement of general musical ability by providing an environment that is rich in the language of music. The activities learned in class are easily repeated at home, thus nurturing basic skills, strengthening the musical bond between child and caregiver, and building support for the future study of an instrument.

Four class sessions are scheduled during the year: eight-week sessions in the fall and spring and six-week sessions in the winter and summer.


Each class meets once per week for a 30-minute session. Children may miss a class due to illness, vacation, or family events; because classes run at max enrollment, we do not offer make-up or switching options for absences.

Click on the classes below for more information.

Music for the Very Young
(birth-5 years; classes grouped by age)
Form a learning team with your child as you explore rhythm and melody in fun classes that feature age-appropriate songs, games, and activities designed to give experience with basic musical concepts. This hands-on class utilizes traditional, folk, and percussion instruments. Classes are grouped by age and for child and parent/caregiver pairs. No siblings, please.

Class Enrollment: minimum 5 students, maximum 8 students
Music for the Very Young - Siblings
(1-5 years)
This family class encourages siblings to have fun singing, playing instruments, and sharing musical activities. Class is for a parent/caregiver and two children of different ages (not appropriate for twins under the age of 2).

Class Enrollment: minimum 6 students, maximum 8 students
Music and Movement
(4-5 years)
This class provides the opportunity for your child to develop coordination, personal awareness, and self-expression through imaginative movement to music.

Class Enrollment: minimum 5 students, maximum 8 students

Music and Movement will not run during the fall 2021 session.

Fall 2021: 8-Week Session

Registration is closed for the session.

Please fill out our interest form to receive information on future sessions.

Schedule: weekly, 30-minute classes
  • Tuesday: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16*
  • Thursday: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 28; November 4, 11, 18*
  • Sunday: September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21*

* Makeup in case of teacher illness.

Time Age Class Price
8:30 a.m. 0 - 11 months Music for the Very Young [CLOSED] $94
9:30 a.m. 1 - 2 years Music for the Very Young [CLOSED] $94
10:30 a.m. 2 - 4 years Music for the Very Young $94
11:30 a.m. 1 - 5 years Siblings [CLOSED] $172
9:30 a.m.

3 - 5 years

Music for the Very Young

10:30 a.m. 1 - 3 years Music for the Very Young [CLOSED] $94
11:30 a.m. 2 - 4 years Music for the Very Young [CLOSED] $94
3:00 p.m.

1 - 3 years

Music for the Very Young [CLOSED]

4:00 p.m. 0 - 11 months Music for the Very Young [CLOSED] $94


Safety Guidelines
  • Adults who attend class with the child(ren) must be vaccinated and masked. The teacher will also be masked.
  • Children 3 years and older must be masked at all times. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics2-year-old children are encouraged to wear a mask for their health and safety
  • We will do our best to provide musical activities that can be completed with social distancing.
  • The lobby is not available for “play time” before or after classes.
  • There are 30 minutes scheduled between classes to allow the air in the room to be cleaned.

4 photos: two young siblings playing the marimba, young children and their parents/guardians holding a rope in a circle while singing a song, a smiling mother holding her toddler as they play the drum, a toddler catching a ball with a huge smile