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

Wednesdays, 9:30-10:00 am

Semester 2, 2021:

Feb. 3-May 19

This class meets fifteen times in Semester 2.

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 - 1st grade

Saturdays 11:15-12pm

6 weeks of Zoom class plus video supplements.

Kids build foundation skills while having fun. Instructor leads parent and child 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.

Spring Session 2021: "LET'S GO!"
In this session of Music Discovery we will explore music about transportation and going places. Traveling beyond The Wheels on the Bus, we will sing about cars, boats, and trains; and create our own song about rocket ships! From the classical genre, we will hear "The Little Train of the Caipira", exploring the concept of tempo, moving faster and slower along our "tracks".
So pack your bags and Let's Go!

Music Discovery

Saturdays, 11:15-12pm
April 10-May 15 (6 weeks)

New students can begin at the start of any session.

Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow

Tuition and fees

$120 per session
Annual registration fee: $35*

First steps  |  Kindergarten and first grade

The core curriculum is based on the Kodaly and Dalcroze methods and lays a solid foundation for rhythm reading skills. Children sing, move, draw, and play games and rhythm instruments. Through aural, visual, and kinesthetic activities the elements of rhythm are experienced and internalized and then presented as the written symbols of the musical language. Children learn beat, rhythm, note names, and values through 16th notes, duple, and triple meter. Elements of ear training, melody, and melodic movement are internalized and then presented as the written symbols of the musical language. Children learn pentatonic and diatonic scales, solfege, moveable “DO”, the five line staff, and melodic movement in steps and skips.

First Steps

This class will return in the Fall of 2021.

Meets for 25 weeks, October – May. New students can start until early November.

Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow

Tuition and fees

$475 for full 25-week class
Annual registration fee: $35*
Payment plans: Inquire in the office

small group instrument classes for beginners  |  All ages

While you are together at home, why not make some music!
Have fun learning an instrument online, as a family.

Groups of two, three, or four students. All students need their own instrument (except piano). Not all instruments available to all ages, call for a consultation.

Especially well-suited for voice, guitar, ukulele, percussion, strings, and winds. Piano groups limited to two people.
Six week sessions.

small group instrument class

schedule varies, 30-45 minutes once per week.

Meets six times, new groups can begin anytime.

Instructor: varies

Tuition and fees

30 min. group: $100 per student
45 min. group: $150 per student
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 will return in the Fall of 2021.
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. No percussion instruments needed for this online class - use what you have at home!

Registration and tuition through St. Paul Community Education - link here.


Thursdays, 6-7pm

Thursdays, 6-7pm
7 weeks: April 8 - May 20

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 and goal-oriented, yet fun approach.

Registration and tuition through St. Paul Community Education - link here.

adult group voice class

Wednesdays, 7-8pm
7 weeks: April 7-May 19

Instructor: Krista Palmquist

450 North Syndicate St.
Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 690-4364

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