New music classes

Music education has been proven to be beneficial for child development. Plus, it’s fun!

And now, adding to the wide array of classes available locally, three different music-learning centers in the Twin Cities are offering two new programs — Canta y Baila Conmigo (a Spanish-immersion music class for ages birth to 5) and Rhythm Kids (a drumming class for ages 4 to 8).

These new nationally launched Music Together programs will be offered by Let's Play! Music Together in Eagan and Savage; Ensemble Music in Minneapolis and Roseville; and the Purple Crayon Lab in Minneapolis.

Maddie Welch, a bilingual educator, musician, native Spanish speaker and creator of Canta y Baila Conmigo (Sing and Dance With Me), said kids and their parents will experience the sounds and rhythms of Spanish-speaking countries.

“Young brains are incredibly flexible, so children usually catch on much more quickly than their grown-ups,” Welch said. “Age birth through 5 is the perfect time to expose your child to a second language.”

Meanwhile, in the Rhythm Kids program, children will learn singing, drumming, dancing and conducting along with musical traditions from around the world, including Bali, Ghana and Ireland.

Both programs include songbooks, CDs and online elements to help families continue the music at home.

Free trial classes are available now. Prices for a series of 10 weekly classes (45 minutes each) range from $165 to $183.