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
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota Children’s Museum, est. 2010- In partnership with the MN Children’s Museum, MacPhail provides the museum patrons with gathering time programming, training for their facilitators on music integration into their family gathering times and offers a MacPhail early childhood music class on-site.
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.
Normandy Park Education Center, White Bear Lake and Hugo locations, est. 2009- The Normandy Park/White Bear Schools early education programs serves children ages 6 weeks to five years. The program provides early childhood education, early childhood family education, early childhood special education, and Head Start Services to the White Bear Lake and Hugo neighborhoods. MacPhail early childhood specialists provide music and movement activities, parent education, and family events, as well as teacher training opportunities to staff at both locations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, est. 2010 - In the winter of 2010, MacPhail provided musical electives as a part of the St. Paul Public Schools Saturday School program. Saturday School provides enrichment and learning opportunities that students sometimes miss out on during traditional school day hours.
Randolph Heights Elementary, St. Paul, est. 2010- Located in St. Paul’s Macalester-Groveland neighborhood, Randolph Heights is a K-6 Core Knowledge School. The school has no scope-and-sequence music program. In 2010-2011, MacPhail provided an 8-week music residency to all fifth-grade students. Musical objectives included group composition, understanding components of music history and theory, performance technique, and recording protocol.
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.
Yinghua Academy, Minneapolis, est. 2010- During the 2010-2011 school year, MacPhail provided two short-term residencies at Yinghua, a Chinese Immersion School located in northeast Minneapolis. Seventh graders participated in a vocal residency that prepared them for a webcast performance at the National Youth Leadership Council's national conference on service learning in the spring. The students sang a song with parts sung in Mandarin Chinese for Yinghua’s Chinese New Year event as well. In the spring, a MacPhail teaching artist provided a three-session strings residency to each third-grade class, introducing students to the violin.
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.
Jones-Harrison Residence, Minneapolis, est. 2012 - Jones-Harrison is the oldest continuously-operating senior residence in Minnesota, with a strong tradition in innovative programming. Residents from Jones-Harrison come weekly to MacPhail's Minneapolis location for Music for Life and group piano classes.
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.
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.
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.
Fraser Academy, Minneapolis, est. 2006- a MacPhail music therapist delivers individual music therapy services to students from Fraser Academy on-site at Fraser, and at the MacPhail Center for Music site in Minneapolis. A customized program is created for each student based on an individual assessment.
Lionsgate Academy, Crystal, est. 2009- The mission of Lionsgate Academy is to provide a transition-oriented and personalized learning program focused on secondary grades (grades 7-12) higher-functioning students on the autism spectrum. A MacPhail music therapist provides group and individual instruction, utilizing instrument exploration, improvisation, song writing, and peer interaction.
Opportunity Partners, Anoka Day Training & Habilitation/Supported Employment Services, Coon Rapids, est. 2008 - consumers meet for weekly music therapy sessions at MacPhail to address developmentally appropriate social, communication, cognitive and motor skills. The group focuses on functional activities that include working together in a group, sharing leadership and decision- making.
Opportunity Partners, Asplin Center, Plymouth, est. 2008- A MacPhail music therapist meets with a group of adults with developmental disabilities to work on the goals of improving communication, creative expression and leisure skills through the use of group singing, improvising, playing instruments and movement activities.
Opportunity Partners, Karlins Center , Plymouth, est. 2005 - Opportunity Partners is a non-profit organization with multiple sites in the metro area that provide work experience for adults with a wide range of diagnoses. Karlins Center offers one of Minnesota's only day training and habilitation service specializing in promoting independence for adults with autism or severe behavioral needs. Four music therapy groups meet weekly to work on goals that include increased socialization, communication, physical movements, and emotional expression.
Otter Lake Elementary, White Bear Lake, est. 2008 – A MacPhail music therapist focuses on addressing priority needs and objectives in a small group classroom setting. Sessions are structured to work on social, cognitive, communication and sensory goals that include learning to take turns, expressing choices, working on motor skills and auditory processing through instrument playing, creative movement and singing.
Partnership Resources, Inc., Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, est. 2004- the music therapist from MacPhail leads four weekly groups, coordinates three recitals for PRI members to attend per year at MacPhail and assists in coaching and organizing the annual musical performed by PRI actors in Antonello Hall each Spring. 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.
Ronald McDonald House, Minneapolis, est. 2004- The Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis is the first in the nation to incorporate a music therapist into their service support schedule. A music therapist from MacPhail provides weekly music opportunities for children up to the age of nineteen, as well as for family members who stay at the house.
The Whole Learning School, St. Louis Park, est. 2003- A board-certified music therapist leads a hand-bell choir of students with a diagnosis of a cognitive or neurological-based learning difficulty culminating in a spring concert for parents.
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.