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Upcoming events, performances, and deals for the arts-interested parent.


Saturday, January 12th: Rhapsody in Brass – Join Denver Brass at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House as they welcome pianist Steven Mayer and the acclaimed Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. They’ll bring to life the great American sounds of Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, and more. Tickets starting at $27.00 (youth discount available).


Sunday, January 13th:The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of Tom Petty for Kids – The Rock and Roll Playhouse is a weekly family concert series providing kids and parents a place to inspire creativity through music venues across the country. Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories, and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. As such, The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll. Come play! At The Boulder Theater – Tickets are $15-$17.


Monday, January 14th: Continental League Honor Music Festival -This is an excellent concert featuring some of Colorado’s finest high school musicians.  You will hear performances by the Continental League band, orchestra and choir students who are working with some of the best conductors in the region. Tickets are $12.


January 12th – February 2nd (Saturdays at 10am): FREE Music Class for Kids  – Children’s Music Academy invites you to take a free introductory class (FIC) so you can experience their fun and creative environment. Your free one-hour music class will include keyboard, rhythm instruments, games, & activities! The FIC is geared for children ages 4-9, however the whole family is encouraged to attend. Space is limited, so please register for an FIC to reserve your spot.


January 23rd -June 19th, 6:00-7:30 pm: FREE Bilingual Guitar Class at Valdez-Perry Branch Library – Have a good time at the Valdez-Perry Branch Library any Wednesday evening for informal guitar lessons, or just come practice what you know! Classes are bilingual in English and Spanish. The library will provide a limited number of guitars but please bring your guitar if you have one. Recurring weekly each Wednesday throughout the year.


January 11th – January 20th: Phamaly Theatre Company Presents: Morph Masters- How Disability Made Famous Artists Awesome!  – Phamaly’s new educational touring show, co-created by Phamaly actors, tells the stories of famous artists throughout history who were masters of their craft and who live(d) and work(ed) with a disability (including Frida Khalo, Ludwig von Beethoven, and Stevie Wonder). The show illustrates how disability can function as a creative asset in people’s lives and empowers people of all ages to live and create in unique ways. Recommended for ages 10+. To attend, please RSVP.


Helpful Resources

We encourage parents to explore our list of resources below and check back for updates

Inside the Orchestra

Symphony-Based Websites

      • Fun and Games with Music with the San Francisco Symphony. “The music is your playground.  Let’s have a little fun!”
      • New York Philharmonic Kid Zone. Play match games and complete scavenger hunts, learn about instruments, meet conductors and soloists, make your own instrument or create your own music!

Games and Learning

      • Arts Alive: is a performing arts educational website produced by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This site has a ton of information, from answers to questions to videos and podcasts.
      • PBS Kids Music Games. Play music to show how you feel, or make music with a sandbox symphony.
      • Classical Music Online: A list of resources for downloading free classical music
      • Colorado Public Radio: Stream classical music online
      • NAXOS: Classics for Children: A selection of children’s classics, including well-loved tales set to music by Prokofiev, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, and others.
      • National Association of Music Parents: If your child is already engaged in learning and instrument, here is a wealth of information for helping them learn and grow.
      • SFSKids: Check out educational modules presented as immersive environments and using animal avatars as guides; explore various linkages between composers, instruments and music compositions; game-based techniques to motivate repeated listening and engagement; gesture-controlled simulation scenarios using the mouse and keyboard to provide “hands-on” experiences of playing instrument and conducting music; interactive online tutorials to learn about music basics; the opportunity for users to compose and notate their own original music; and much more.
      • Music Learning Community: Learning games at a variety of levels, all designed to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment.
      • Classics for Kids: Games, music lessons, lesson plans and information on composers and classical music.


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