Early Childhood Music Partnerships
(ages 6 weeks - 8 years)
MacPhail’s Early Childhood Music classes provide an exciting and creative beginning to a lifelong journey of musical fun and learning. Classes are led by highly-qualified teachers trained in early childhood education and music. Children build school readiness skills as well as gain musical abilities that prepare them for future musical study. Our developmentally appropriate classes explore musical concepts through singing, dancing, playing, creative dramatics, visual arts, instrument exploration and more.
“Music offers children a different way to use their brains and expand their learning. We definitely hope to keep this partnership going.” Judy Ohm, director, Wilder Development Center
AMMA Parenting Center, Edina, est. 2013 - Amma is a place where new and expecting families can get the critical information and support they need in a cheerful, friendly environment. They are a one-stop center for everything new parents need. MacPhail provides weekly Musical Story Time classes for infants and toddlers, as well as weekly Family Music mixed age classes.
Ascension School, Minneapolis, est. 1989 – MacPhail offers a sequential music curriculum for the Ascension School students, grades K-8. All students in grades K-2 participate in a graduated sequence of early childhood music classes that introduce them to basic musical concepts and prepare them for further musical study on a specific instrument. In 3rd grade, each student learns the basics of violin playing in the Violin for Children class.
The Berry Patch at Calvary Colonial and Calvary Churches, Edina, est. 2010 - The focus at The Berry Patch is on preparing children for kindergarten, and giving them the tools necessary to thrive in their future school years. MacPhail provides music enrichment classes for the two Berry Patch preschool locations. Musical Make Believe and Musical Trolley classes are offered for preschoolers ages 3-5.
Birch Lake Elementary, White Bear Lake, est. 2006 – At Birch Lake Elementary, Kindergartners and first graders will be offered sequential music curricula. Kindergartners will experience the Musical Trolley curriculum that provides students with a musical foundation focused on building knowledge of musical concepts and instrument exploration through integrated arts activities. First graders will experience the Musical World curriculum. This curriculum builds upon previous knowledge gained through Musical Trolley through multicultural musical and integrated arts opportunities. For more information regarding the scope of MacPhail’s programming see the School and Music Therapy partnership descriptions.
Children's Home Society- CHS Early Learning Center, Plymouth, est. 2006 – Children’s Home Society Early Learning Center serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years and their families. MacPhail’s early childhood music program provides music instruction to families and their children after childcare, with training in taking music home activities and other teacher training components.
Children’s Home Society- General Mills Infant Care Center, Golden Valley, est. 2003 – Located in the General Mills corporate head quarters, the Children’s Home Society program serves infants and their families. MacPhail’s early childhood arts program provides music exploration opportunities with infants and their caregivers, suggesting ways to incorporate music into their daily home experiences.
Children’s Home Society- Hubbs Early Learning Center, Saint Paul, est. 2009- Located in the Ronald M. Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning, the Early Learning Center serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Hubbs Center and the Early Learning Center are both focused on literacy and lifelong learning. Through our partnership, the children attending the Center and their families receive hands-on music instruction to learn how to incorporate music in to their home lives. Teachers also receive training to incorporate music in their teaching of pre-literacy and other skills.
Children’s Home Society- Saint Paul College Early Learning Center, Saint Paul, est. 2009- Located in Saint Paul College, the Early Learning Center serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Through our partnership, the children attending the Center receive weekly hands-on music instruction. Teachers also receive training to incorporate music in their teaching of pre-literacy and other skills.
Children’s Home Society- Children’s Center at Saint Paul Travelers, Saint Paul, est. 2009- Located in the Saint Paul Travelers building, the Children’s Center serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Through our partnership, the children attending the Center receive weekly hands-on music instruction.
Edina Morning Side Nursery School, Edina, est. 2012 - is a licensed, half-day mixed-age program for children ages 3 - 5, with a 60-year tradition of play-based learning fostering socialization, self-esteem and independence, enhanced with fun and creative kindergarten readiness activities. MacPhail offers music enrichment classes for ages 3-5 based on classroom goals and curricula.
Family Child Development Center, Plymouth, est. 2011 - The Family Child Development Center (FCDC) is a nonprofit early childhood education and childcare center. FCDC offers full-time and part-time child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. MacPhail provides music programming for all the students at FCDC to enhance the classroom goals and curricula.
Linwood Monroe Arts Plus - Saint Paul, est. 2012 - MacPhail's early childhood music specialists work with preschoolers in Linwood's early childhood and early childhood special education programs to enhance their learning potential though weekly music sessions and professional development with the corresponding teachers.
MELSA, 8 County area, est. 2010- In partnership with MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency), MacPhail provides early childhood music programming at area libraries, librarian training, on using music in their story times , and live performances all with the focus on the connection between music and literacy.
Minneapolis Sabes Jewish Community Center- Early Childhood Center, Minneapolis, est. 2010- MacPhail’s early childhood music program will provide programming for the toddlers during their school day to enhance learning potentials and expose them to musical experiences.
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Minneapolis, est.1996 –Cherish the Children, a childcare center housed in the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center primarily serves Native American children and single mothers. The program includes a sequential early childhood music curriculum for children ages 2-5 years.
Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, est. 2005 – In a unique partnership, MacPhail’s early childhood music program and the naturalists at the Minnesota Zoo team together to make a connection between music and nature. Participants partake in musical camp experiences at the zoo featuring Musical Trolley and Musical World curriculum, and make associations with musical concepts and animals as they learn and explore through hands-on experiences with animals.
People Serving People, Minneapolis, est. 2012 - is a shelter providing a physically safe, emotionally secure, and intellectually stimulating environment where children can be supported and build confidence. MacPhail provides parent education for the programs weekly Play and Learn program that includes parent education and hands-on experiences. Music is encouraged as a parenting tool to ease the challenges of shelter life and transitions, as well as enhance child student potentials.
Project KIDS and Ready to Learn, Burnsville/Eagan/Savage, est. 2006 – MacPhail offers music instruction to the children ages 6 weeks to 5 years from the Project KIDS program and four locations of the Ready to Learn Preschool program. Through this partnership, MacPhail both provides a music program to enhance the learning of the children and provides training to the teachers in the integration of music into their learning environments through workshops and hands-on training.
Saint Paul Public Schools, est. 2011- MacPhail offers early childhood music classes for families through the St Paul Public School community education program. Weekly summer classes for ages 2-3 year olds and their caregivers are offered at the Expo/Harriet Bishop Center. Also, weekly family music classes are offered at the West 7th Family Center of the Monroe School District.
St. David's Center, Minnetonka, est. 2011 - MacPhail's early childhood music specialists work with 3-5 year olds providing music enrichment classes during their after school class programming.
Three Rivers Park District- Eastman Nature Center, Osseo and Silverwood Park, St. Anthony, est. 2008- MacPhail and Eastman Nature Center partner each summer to provide a summer camp: Nature’s Music for ages 4-5 years. The unique partnership provides opportunities to experience music and nature with a naturalist and music specialist. At Silverwood Park in St. Anthony MacPhail provides a music/nature classes and camps to expose children to the musical aspects of nature for ages 0-5 years and up.
University of St. Thomas Child Development Center, St. Paul, est. 2013 - MacPhail provides weekly music programming for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Music is integrated into weekly curricula and classroom goals to enhance the learning potentials for each child.
Warm World Preschool, Oak Park Heights, est. 2011 - Warm World is a non-denominational Christian child development center that provides care for children 6 weeks old until they leave for kindergarten. MacPhail provides weekly music programming for ages 6 weeks - 5 years. Music is integrated into weekly curricula and classroom goals to enhance the learning potential of each child.
Way to Grow, Minneapolis, est. 2008–Under MacPhail’s Learning with Music initiative, MacPhail provides early childhood music experts to train the teachers and staff at Way to Grow (Center for Families location) to use music as a teaching tool to prepare children for school readiness skills and life skills. Teachers and parents are involved in the on-going training opportunities that emphasize how music can enhance children’s development and help them to learn.
Wayzata Community Nursery School, Wayzata, est. 1995 –MacPhail’s early childhood music program provides music enrichment classes for the school’s after school program. Children ages 3-5 years experience Musical Make-Believe and Musical Trolley classes.
Wilder Child Development Center, St. Paul, est. 2004 – Located in the Frogtown/East St. Paul neighborhood, Wilder Child Development Center prides itself on providing stellar early childhood learning opportunities to its children and families. The program emphasizes readiness skills, especially pre-literacy. In this unique partnership, MacPhail brings early childhood music experts to train the teachers and staff at Wilder to teach and deal with life stresses through music. Teachers and parents are involved in ongoing training opportunities that emphasize how music can enhance children’s development and help them to learn.
Women’s Advocates, est. 2008 – Located in St. Paul on Grand Avenue, Women’s Advocates provides a supportive, safe, loving environment for battered women and their children to escape domestic violence and learn to secure housing, education and employment. MacPhail offers early childhood music class sessions for families that reside at the Women’s Advocates location. Families learn how to integrate music into their lives to deal with stress, enhance learning and have fun together.
YWCA – Children’s Center- Midtown Location, Minneapolis, est. 2010- MacPhail provides Musical Trolley music enrichment classes to the preschoolers at the Children’s Center.
YWCA- Downtown Children’s Center, Minneapolis, est. 1994 – MacPhail has been offering Musical Trolley music enrichment classes to the Minneapolis downtown YWCA preschool program since 1994.
YWCA- Early Childhood Education Abbott Northwestern, Minneapolis, est. 2009- Located in Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MacPhail provides Musical Trolley music enrichment classes to the preschoolers at the Early Childhood Education program
School (K-12) and Community Organizations Partnerships
The Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School, Minneapolis, est. 1998 – The Day School program was designed to work in tandem with an existing music program. In this program, MacPhail teaching artists work with 4th – 8th grade students once a week in small group lessons and a small ensemble rehearsal on band instruments (woodwind, brass and percussion). During the fall, a middle school elective is offered to interested students. Past programs have included group percussion and group guitar. This program complements the efforts of the HMJDS music specialist who teaches classroom music.
Ascension School, Minneapolis, est. 1989 – Continuing the excellence in music programming at Ascension School in grades K-3, MacPhail offers a string program to students in grades 4-8.After studying violin during grade three, students can elect to continue their string study on violin, viola, or cello. The string program consists of small and large group instruction and an ensemble rehearsal. Instruments are provided for all of the students in the program. MacPhail continues to reach the students who graduate from Ascension School by providing lessons and access to instruments.
Birch Lake Elementary, White Bear Lake, est. 2006 – Modeled after the Whittier International Elementary School partnership, students in second and third grade have the opportunity to begin small group piano lessons and will continue to develop piano skills as they reach grades four and five. In 2010, a strings program for third graders was added. Please see the Early Childhood Music and Music Therapy partnership descriptions for more information on the scope of the program.
Breck and Blake Clinics The MacPhail Clinic Program is designed as a resource for the school music educator. A clinic is typically a one-time visit by an artist who works with a section of the school band, orchestra or choir. During a clinic, an artist will focus on a very specific topic related to performance.
Brooklyn Center High School, Brooklyn Center, est. 2010-MacPhail faculty offer customized residencies to both the choral and instrumental program. Programming includes specialized instruction on technique and repertoire.
Columbia Heights Public Schools, Columbia Heights, est. 2008 – MacPhail Center for Music offers Musical World classes to elementary school students in three Columbia Heights schools as a part of their after school program. Additional middle school residencies, such as hip hop, composition, and percussion, have also been a part of the program.
FAIR School Crystal, est. 2010- In the fall of 2010, MacPhail expanded the partnership with FAIR schools to include the Crystal location. Afterschool string classes were offered to support the existing orchestra program at the school.
FAIR School Downtown, Minneapolis, est. 1998 – Combining the resources of a community music school with the resources of a public arts magnet school, the partnership between MacPhail and the Interdistrict Downtown School is a pioneer in music education. The FAIR/MacPhail program consists of many components: K-3 general music instruction, 6-8 grade Sound Arts classes, a high school string ensemble, high school percussion ensemble, an extended vocal residency with teaching artist JD Steele, and a specialized residency in electronic music.
French Academy of Minnesota, St. Louis Park, est. 2011- Students at this French immersion school in St. Louis Park receive weekly instruction in general music. A MacPhail teaching artist integrates singing, instrument-playing, and movement to help students acquire a strong foundation in music literacy.
Jenny Lind Elementary, Minneapolis, est. 2010-Every student at Jenny Lind begins playing a string instrument in first grade and continues on through 2nd and 3rd grade. MacPhail provides support by providing small group and one-on-one lessons to give each student individualized attention.
New City School, Minneapolis, est. 2006 – Located in north east Minneapolis, New City School is a small, diverse, community that actively engages students to build knowledge, ask questions, design solutions, open their minds, and become skilled, caring citizens in the world. The school has invited residency artists to provide both visual and musical experiences to its students since opening. MacPhail provides general music curriculum and instruction to all K-8 students.
Paideia Academy, Apple Valley, est. 2005 - The mission of Paideia Academy is to provide an academically rigorous, content-rich classical education that gives all young scholars the opportunity to shine in a culture that promotes accelerated academic achievement, fosters character development and personal growth, and values the importance of language, music and the arts. MacPhail Center for Music is excited to partner with Paideia in an innovative K-4 classroom music program that integrates MacPhail curriculum with the CORE Knowledge sequence. Students in grades 5-8 choose a music elective of band, orchestra, or general music. The programs in 5-8th grade include both small group lessons and ensemble opportunities.
Parnassus Preparatory School, Maple Grove, est. 2011 - MacPhail provides general music programming for grades K-4; string, band and choir programs for grades 5-8; and after-school string and band lessons.
Patrick Henry High School, Minneapolis, est. 1993 – MacPhail residencies help support different areas of music education offerings at PHHS. Past residencies have covered areas such as percussion, upper and lower strings, guitar, jazz ensemble, choir, piano, and composition.
St. Mary’s of the Lake, White Bear Lake, est. 2010- MacPhail instructors provide general music curriculum and instruction to this private, K-8 school in White Bear Lake. Students learn a variety of musical skills, including proper singing technique, rhythmic skills, and the fundamentals of music literacy.
Whittier International Elementary School, Minneapolis, est.1998 – Students at Whittier begin their partnership experience with Musical World classes in kindergarten and first grade. In Second grade, students participate in a piano and violin sampler class that introduces them to instrument-specific study. In 3rd grade, student can elect to participate in either the piano or violin program. Students continue in the program through 5th grade. Through a generous donation, Whittier has a keyboard lab onsite where beginning piano students take groups classes. In group violin classes at school, beginning violin students use instruments that Whittier has acquired through donations. Students also have the opportunity to participate in MacPhail summer camps and performance opportunities.
WISHES Strings Program, Wayzata, est. 2006, - Following a tradition of excellence in string instrument education, the Wayzata Public Schools Community Education Services and MacPhail Center for Music are entering into their second year of partnership. The Wayzata String Program will provide small group lessons to students in grades 2-5 on violin, viola, or cello.The program will prepare students for orchestral study which begins in grade six.
Online School Partnerships
Click here to view our Online School Partnerships.
MacPhail Music for Life™ Partnerships
MacPhail Music for Life™ a unique, participatory, lifelong learning program that engages adults, ages 55 – 103 plus, through music. Music is used as a way to enhance the physical and mental well-being of the participants as well as improve their overall quality of life.
“If you’re feeling tired or low in spirit just come to Sing for Your Life and everything looks brighter. Singing is great therapy!” Senior student, age 78, Friendship Village of Bloomington
Augustana Regent, Burnsville, est. 2012 - Residents of Augustana Regent enjoy a monthly MacPhail Hour program, interactive presentations by soloists and duo artists.
Commons on Marice, Eagan, est. 2010- Residents at Commons on Marice participate in monthly Music for Life classes, which build music skills and promote health, wellness, and a sense of community among older adults.
Creekside Club Adult Daycare, Bloomington, est. 2011- Creekside Club is an extension of Martin Luther Campus, an organization designed to offer a comprehensive continuum of senior services designed to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The Creekside Club provides a wide variety of social and education events to members. MacPhail offers bi-weekly Music for Life classes.
Ebenezer Minneapolis, est. 2011- The Ebenezer Minneapolis campus is conveniently located near downtown, in the heart of the revitalized Midtown area near shopping, museums, health care providers, as well as health and human service agencies. MacPhail offers weekly Music For Life classes to participants so that they may continue building musical skills, as well as building community through music making.
Ebenezer Ridges, Burnsville, est. 2010- This one-of-a-kind intergenerational program includes adults from an Adult Day Program, the Assisted Living Program, and Ebenezer’s Care Center. Each week, adults learn sequential musical skills together with children from an on-site day care.
Episcopal Homes of Minnesota, est. 2012 - Episcopal Homes of Minnesota offers a continuum of senior living options and affordability, welcoming people from all walks of life for more than 119 years. MacPhail offers a Sing for Life class/chorus taught by one of MacPhai'sl teaching artists.
Friendship Village, Bloomington, est. 2009- This senior residence supports a large vocal ensemble called Sing for Your Life. Administered by a MacPhail teaching artist, each Sing for Your Life session includes a variety of activities which improve vocal health and wellness and foster creativity and song preparation.
Kenwood Retirement Center, Minneapolis, est. 2013 - Programming includes a weekly Music for Life class.
LeagueAires, est. 2006 - The Junior League and LeagueAires established a community partnership with MacPhail Center for Music in 2006, and engaged MacPhail teaching artist, Jeanie Brindley-Barnett as their music director. The mission of LeagueAires is to bring the joy and healing power of music to older adults, disadvantaged children, and those with special needs. Each year LeagueAires volunteers over 14,500 hours as they present to over 5,000 individuals at over 45 venues.
Lyngblomsten, St. Paul, est. 2010 - Lyngblomsten provides compassionate care and innovative services to older adults in order to preserve and enhance their quality of life. MacPhail's two classes, a general music class and a Sing for Life chorus, provide one component of Lyngblomsten's wide-ranging arts program. Participates gain valuable musical skills in a supportive environment.
Martin Luther Care Center, Bloomington, est. 2008- MacPhail partners with Martin Luther Care Center, a long-term care facility managed by Ebenezer, to promote lifelong learning. Programming includes weekly general music classes and a group keyboard class. Martin Luther Care Center was the pilot site for MacPhail teaching artists to work with residents during a 12-week sequential learning music program for the MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program. MacPhail received this grant through the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.
Meadow Woods Assisted Living, Bloomington, est. 2006 - The first partnership of its kind for MacPhail, teaching artists from MacPhail promote lifelong learning with the residents at Meadow Woods, and assisted living residence managed by Ebenezer. Premiering in fall of 2009, The MacPhail Hour is a variety of interactive presentations by soloists and duo artists.
Sholom Home, St. Louis Park, est. 2013 - Program includes bi-monthly Music for Life class.
Music Therapy Partnerships
MacPhail’s board certified music therapists use music to accomplish non-musical goals and build physical, emotional, cognitive and social skills.
“She (therapist) chooses age appropriate material and has helped my child to stretch and grow. She takes an interest in my child as a person. The lessons are well planned and packed with good stuff.”
Birch Lake Elementary, White Bear Lake, est. 2006- Music therapy is provided for students with special needs at Birch Lake Elementary. Each student works toward a specific goal, such as improving social, physical, cognitive, emotional, or academic skills. Please see the Early Childhood Music and School partnership descriptions for more information on the scope of the entire program.
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, est. 2011- A board-certified, and NICU trained music therapist delivers private music therapy services to infants born with chronic medical conditions in the Intensive Care Center. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics is one of the most regarded high-risk neonatal referral centers in the region.
Choice Inc., Eden Prairie, Minnesota, est. 2013 - At Choice Inc., a music therapist provides a variety of developmentally appropriate music experiences which provide opportunities to learn to identify and express emotions in appropriate ways, give and receive support and develop self-confidence and leadership skills. Choice Inc. was founded in 1969 as a non-profit serving the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities in Hennepin and Carver counties. The emphasis is to develop employment opportunities, vocational skills and promote community involvement and well-being.
Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation, est. 2007- Depending on their needs, clients are provided with adaptive lessons, group music therapy, or private music therapy. This partnership is registration-based and coordinated in conjunction with the City of Eden Prairie, Parks, and Recreation/Therapeutic Recreation Department.
e-Quality Pathways to Potential, est. 2009 – This partnership meets at MacPhail for music therapy sessions that focus on providing tools for self-expression, self-empowerment, improved communication and executive functioning skills. e-Quality is a community based program for individuals with developmental disabilities to maximize their potential and actively participate in the opportunities of adult life.
Highland Friendship Club, St. Paul, est. 2013 - A music therapist works with two different groups of participants. While each group has distinctive goals, both focus on providing tools for self-expression, self-empowerment, improved communications and executive functioning skills through the use of neurologic music therapy techniques,music playing, song writing and improvisation. Highland Friendship Club is a non-profit organization providing a wide range of social, recreational and therapeutic opportunities for teens and young adults with disabilities.
Partnership Resources, Inc., Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, est. 2004- A MacPhail board-certified music therapist works with six weekly groups each with goals uniquely suited to meet the needs of the participants. MacPhail collaborates with PRI on various music-based projects including recitals, musicals and other events as planned. PRI is a non-profit organization committed to creating partnerships in the community through jobs, creative arts and leisure activities for persons with developmental cognitive disabilities.
Ubah Medical Academy, Hopkins, Minnesota, est. 2013 - Twice a week a music therapist meets with students with special needs either as part of their Individual Education Plan or as determined by the Special Education Coordinator. Each student works toward a specific goal such as improving social, physical, cognitive emotional or academic skills. Ubah Medical Academy is a 9-12 Charter School founded by educational leaders in the East African community. Ubah provides a rigorous and relevant education and is uniquely designed to meet the cultural needs of Eastern African students. Willow River Elementary, Hudson, WI, est. 2007 –
Music therapy groups meet to work on meaningful goals and objectives related to the Individual Education Plan for each of the elementary age students who meet for music therapy circle time. Sessions address social, cognitive, communication and sensory goals that include learning to take turns, maintaining a calm body and express feelings appropriately through instrument playing and singing.