In this weekly interactive music class, parents enjoy watching their babies develop rhythmic and melodic awareness, memory and social skills. Teachers work with parents to build a repertoire of lullabies, action songs, and nursery rhymes.

Modified for online learning in the Fall of 2020, teachers will lead parents through curated modules of the curriculum, utilizing household items for musical instruments. Includes 20 minutes of activities, story time, and some time for parents to connect, socialize and ask questions.

The outcomes of these activities include increased vocabulary, socially acceptable behavior, and sensitive group participation at an early age. The most important skill for children at an early age is the ability to listen.

Parents are encouraged to use the Curriculum CD at home, and to repeat the songs and rhymes daily.

Benefits of long-term participation in SECE:
  • Ability to listen
  • Rhythmic and melodic awareness
  • Memory skills
  • Increased vocabulary and development of social skills
  • Sensitive group participation: understanding of the concepts of sharing, taking turns.
  • Preparation for instrument study
How SECE is different from other music classes:
  • The learning environment is calm, allowing children to build skills in listening and focus.
  • Parents are actively involved in music making.
  • Activities are repeated with the goal of mastery of skills and increased confidence.
  • Gentle, encouraging, and supportive feedback creates a positive environment for learning for parents and children.
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Class Information

Suzuki Early Childhood Education

This class is on hold in 2021-2022.

Instructors: K. Ekberg and M. Vaughan

New students can join the class at any time, and we will prorate tuition.

Tuition and fees

$185 for 15 classes

Annual registration fee: $35*
CD and booklet: $25, paid the first time you enroll

Music Discovery  |  AGES 4 and 5

Kids build foundation skills while having fun. Instructor leads students through music activities, helping children discover the joy of music-making.
Kids will sing, move, dance, and play, learning about the instruments, their singing voice, and famous classical pieces.

Music Discovery

offered in person Summer 2022

8 weeks: Tuesdays 4-4:45pm
June 14-August 2

Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow

Tuition and fees

Annual registration fee: $35*

First steps  |  Kindergarten and first grade

This class prepares students to begin private lessons in a wide array of instruments with a strong foundation in the language of music.

The core curriculum is based on the Kodaly and Dalcroze methods and lays a solid foundation for rhythm and melody reading skills.

In the full 25 week class, children sing, move, draw, and play games and rhythm instruments; learning:
beat and rhythm, note names and values through 16th notes, duple and triple meter, ear training and solfege, melody and melodic movement, pentatonic and diatonic scales, moveable “DO", and the five-line staff.

The First Steps Express class in summer 2022 will focus on rhythm.

First Steps

First Steps Express offered in person Summer 2022

8 weeks: Tuesdays 5-6pm
June 14-August 2

Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow

Tuition and fees

Annual registration fee: $35*

Summer suzuki strings group |  All ages, mixed level books 1 and 2

Group lessons support and enhance the work done in private lessons.
Students help and motivate each other in their progress, building ensemble and teamwork skills from a young age.
Also open to students who have never participated in Suzuki group classes before, but who study the Suzuki songs in their private lessons.

Class meets for 6 weeks:  Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15pm (6/8, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 8/3, 8/10)

summer suzuki group class

Offered in person
Meets six times, Wednesdays 5:30-6:15pm

Instructor: Tony Moussa

Tuition and fees

Annual registration fee: $35*

Songwriting workshoP for Beginners and Beyond


In this weekly class, students will work on writing songs regardless of experience. By combining original composition with the study and performance of cover songs, we will work to understand the craft of songwriting. Subjects covered will be popular song forms, chord progressions, melodic construction, lyric writing and more. Class will culminate in a concert at the end of the term.

Prerequisites: 2 years of piano or guitar, a basic understanding of chords (how to play major and minor chords on the student’s preferred instrument)

Required Materials: A notebook specifically designated for songwriting; A notebook or loose-leaf paper specifically designated for note-taking in class; Access to a keyboard or guitar at home

Weekly Expectations: Listen to a new album; learn a new cover; and write a new song or part of a new song.

Course will cover:
  • Chord progressions
  • Keys, identifying your key and what that means
  • Chord choices, roman numeral system, major/minor
  • Song structure and terminology, tempi, genre
  • Point of view
  • Sharing songs

Songwriting workshop

This class is on hold in 2021-2022.

As an alternative, inquire about availability of one-on-one instruction in composition.

Meets sixteen times per eighteen-week semester. New students can begin at the start of any semester.

Instructor: Tim Kraack

Tuition and fees

$350 per semester
Annual registration fee: $35*

*Students enrolled in multiple classes or lessons are charged just one annual registration fee. Additional family members are charged $10.


Learn patterns and explore rhythm through songs from different styles of music such as jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Peruvian, and more! Examples used will be from multiple genres, both old and new.


Thursdays, 6-7pm

Instructor: Brad Draper

Adult Group Voice Class

offered in partnership with St. Paul Community Education

Deepen your singing practice with other adult singers. Utilizing college curriculum for a structured, goal-oriented, and fun approach.

adult group voice class

this class is on hold in 2021-2022

Instructor: Krista Palmquist

1619 Dayton Ave.
Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 690-4364

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