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10 Coachella Alternatives in NYC

Heading out to Coachella this year?

Yeah, neither are we, not unless there’s a mommy and me music festival we haven’t heard about yet. But if you’re dreaming of sunshine and swaying to the beat of some good jams, check out our musical activities on KidPass! And who knows—maybe one of them will be the spark your child needs to become a future festival headliner.

Brooklyn Music School
Boerum Hill / 1 – 17 years old

The Brooklyn Music School views music and performance as the birthright of all people, an essential way that human beings connect with others and explore their creativity. With classes like Group Violin, Creative Movement, Hip Hop Dance, and Musical Foundations, there’s something here for kids of all ages.

Larchmont Music Academy
Larchmont, NY / 4 months – 6 years old

Larchmont Music Academy’s goal is to provide the highest standard of quality in music education. They believe music should be an integral part of every life and accessible to all ages and levels of proficiency. In their Kindermusik Family classes, students will master the skills and discipline of their chosen instruments while gaining confidence, poise, and a sense of accomplishment.

Lavender Blues
Kensington / 1 – 3 years old

Lavender Blues Music is an interactive music and movement class for babies and toddlers.  These classes are designed to help littles ones gain a basic understanding of rhythm and music, build awareness and control of their body, and develop social and coordination skills, all while singing, dancing, and having fun!

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Lilypad Music at Muchmore’s
Williamsburg / 6 months – 5 years old

Lilypad Music is run by singer/songwriter Ms. Lily, who has a passion for music, kids, and the community. Here your child will participate in joyful, interactive performances with a sing-along, fun games with instruments, and scarves. Booking includes a drink or snack from the bar.

Upper West Side / 4 months – 5 years old

MusiBambino believes that starting musical education as early as possible not only helps nurture key social, cognitive and motor skills, but also a love of art from an early age. This provider has age-appropriate group music classes with instruments like the violin, cello, flute, accordion—and more!

Private Lessons at Rock Island Sound
Tarrytown, NY / 4 – 17 years old

This Westchester provider is a unique music lesson venue and guitar store in one. The owner Paul Bessolo has over 25 years’ experience as a professional musician and instructor. You can choose from private lessons in the clarinet, banjo, guitar, saxophone, or drum.


Singable Kids at Flying Squirrel
Greenpoint / 0 – 3 years old

Teacher Eric helps children learn about music and musical instruments with his guitar, trombone, banjo, and big friendly singing voice. A fun place for babies and toddlers and their parents and caregivers alike.

Song for Seeds at Apple Seeds
Upper West Side / 0 – 5 years old

Named “Best Music Class” by New York Magazine, this rockin’ music class encourages kids to sing, play instruments (from drums and guitars to pianos and accordions) along with a live three-piece band, as well as dance and move as much as possible. Kids will go home singing songs you’ll like as much as they do.

TLB Music
Upper East Side / 6 months – 6 years old

TLB Music is an early childhood education center and indoor playspace with group music classes. TLB will introduce your child to all genres of music as well as a variety of classical and folk instruments.

WeBop Jazz at Lincoln Center
Upper West Side / 8 months – 3 years old

Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz—and they like to start young! WeBop is an early-childhood jazz education program which invites families and young children to stomp, strut, and swing to the joyous rhythms of jazz as they learn.

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