Music & Dance Programming

New students, please complete our Dance Intake Form or Music Intake Form before starting services.

Music Lessons and Classes

Virtual programs are indicated with an asterisk (*). We are currently in open enrollment for our Fall Semester, with individual lessons and classes from September to December 2020. In-person programming available in North Royalton, Medina, Highland Heights & Avon. The Independence studio will open January 2021.

Policies and Procedures Virtual Programming Consent Form

Music Therapy*

Our Music Therapy program is available in-person and virtually. Music therapy uses music as the therapeutic stimulus to achieve non-musical treatment goals, for example:

  • Increased attention

  • Improved cognitive functioning

  • Increased socialization and improved behavior

  • Successful and safe self expression

  • Enhanced auditory processing

  • Improved communication or verbal skills

The purpose of music therapy is to provide the individual with an initial assist using melodic and rhythmic strategies, followed by fading of musical cues to aid in generalization and transfer to other environments.

Adapted Music Lessons*

Our Adapted Music program is available in-person and virtually. Adaptive music lessons focus on musical goals. Beginning adaptive music lessons with a music therapist can often be the first step a student needs to successfully start a lifetime of musical learning. The purpose of adaptive music lessons is to provide additional support to increase musical skills until traditional music lessons can be successful.

Traditional Private Lessons*

We offer 30-minute, weekly individual lessons in voice, guitar, ukulele and piano at our studios in North Royalton, Medina or virtually.

Beyond the Music Membership* (ages 2-5)

With so many children staying home, parents and caregivers have taken on the responsibility of fostering and teaching developmental skills. Our schedules and lives are constantly changing and there is a need for more flexibility to include a quality music class into preschool learning. Children are not only motivated by music, but this is a great way to teach developmental skills needed for Kindergarten.

The community is the heart of our membership program and this is why we've called this BEYOND THE MUSIC. You don't have to do this alone!

The Learning Groove Music Class (ages 3-5)

The Learning Groove program is a developmental music & movement class for children ages 3-5. TLG's mission is to empower children to reach their full musical, academic and creative potential. This program was created by Eric Litwin, author of the Pete The Cat picture books and special needs educator and is an inclusion class at our North Royalton, as well as in Medina or virtually starting Winter and Spring 2021.

Music & Movement Class* (ages 4-8)

Our Music & Movement class is available in-person and virtually. Led by a Board Certified Music Therapist, this inclusion class is appropriate for children who have special needs and those neurotypically developing. Our music class will focus on increasing social skills; including following directions, waiting for turn, and imitation of fine and gross motor movements. We sing, dance, play instruments and have fun in a supportive, musical environment.

Adapted Dance Lessons and Classes

Virtual programs are indicated with an asterisk (*). We are currently in open enrollment for our Fall Semester, with individual lessons and classes from September to December 2020. In-person programming available in North Royalton, Medina, Highland Heights & Avon. The Independence studio will open January 2021.

Policies and Procedures Virtual Programming Consent Form

Adapted Dance Program

The ultimate goal of our adaptive dance program is to mainstream our dancers into a traditional dance class. The benefit to these classes is the low teacher to student ratio. Skills taught in these classes are the same as a typical dance class, but are tailored to each dancer’s unique needs and abilities in order to provide the most successful learning environment.

Showstopper Class* (ages 6-14)

Our Showstopper class is available in-person and virtually. Our students learn the fundamentals of musical theater with singing, dancing and acting.

Adapted Hip Hop Class* (ages 7+)

Our Adapted Hip Hop class is available in-person and virtually. This inclusion dance class will focus on specific trends in the hip hop dance that are age appropriate and adaptable for any ability.

Lunchtime Dance Break* (ages 5+)

Our Lunchtime Dance Break class is available in-person and virtually. Embrace your energy in our upbeat, adapted jazz inclusion class with all your favorite Disney songs!

Unwind, Relax & Breathe Class* (all ages)

Take time to unwind. We focus on re-centering our bodies and minds through breathing exercises, stretching and releasing tension.

2021 Summer Camps

Camp details will be available by the end of February 2021. Registration available online March 1, 2021.

Summer Camp Policies and Procedures

Speaking Through Song Camp

Our unique camp features the experience of two professionals – music therapy and speech therapy. This summer program is perfect for emerging communicators, using pictures, devices and verbal approximations in a non-threatening environment filled with music. Your child will sing, dance and play instruments while working on communication skills of requesting items, choosing from 2-3 items and participating in a music ensemble.

Showstopper Camp

Does your child love to dance and sing? Our inclusive Showstopper Camp teaches musical theater skills of singing, dancing and drama in a creative environment with peers of all abilities. Each day, we focus on a different musical theater show and perform a showcase of songs on Friday.

Frozen in Summer Camp

Want to “Let it Go” this summer with our favorite sisters? Our inclusive, Frozen in Summer Camp teaches musical theater skills of singing, dancing and drama in a creative environment with peers of all abilities. Each day, we focus on a different character in the first and second movie, including a performance of songs on Friday of camp.

Music in Color Camp

Music in Color camp offers students a chance to engage together through structured musical ensembles and learn how to play multiple instruments through matching colors on the instrument and in music notation with the piano, guitar, piano, Boomwhackers, handbells and tone chimes. We also include sensory integration and sensory regulation with movement manipulatives and sensory items.

Jam Session & Songwriting Camp

Jam Session & Songwriting camp offers teens and young adults the opportunity to write new songs and create structured musical ensembles with piano, guitar and drums, using our adapted music program. Students learn the basics of music notation, increase rhythm and improvisational skills through active music making with their peers.

Ukulele Camp

Ukulele camp offers students a chance to become immediately successful in playing the ukulele in an inclusion setting, using our adapted music program. Students will learn the first four chords (C, Am, F & G), basic strumming patterns, finger/hand positions and songwriting skills.

Everything Disney Dance Camp

Join in the magic with our inclusive, Disney Camp. Dancers of all abilities learn fundamental dance skills in a creative environment with their peers. Every day features a theme from your favorite movies with songs, dances and crafts.

Ballerina Dance Camp

Our Ballerina Camp is perfect for the young dancer who loves to spin and leap around the house and learn the fundamentals of ballet dance. This camp includes tutu crafts and meeting a professional ballerina during the week.

PASS Camp

Performing Arts & Social Skills Camp offers children a chance to engage together socially through structured musical experiences. Students engage in fine arts experiences of songwriting, musical ensembles, dancing and drama exercises with a focus on social skills opportunities of taking turns and making friends.

Outreach Programs

Music Therapy in the Community

Beyond Words has partnerships with several public schools, private schools, non-profit organizations and hospitals bringing music therapy to you in the community. Our contracts are tailored to your budgetary and programming needs. Contact Erin Jester for more details at 440-230-6100 x.700.

The Learning Groove at Hobbitts Preschool

The Learning Groove was previously offered onsite to the students of Hobbitts Preschool, prior to COVID-19 pandemic. Because of government regulations, we can't offer it at Hobbitts for the 2020-21 school year, but have moved our program to our North Royalton studio, as well as options in Medina or virtually starting Winter and Spring 2021. Until August 15, 2020, receive a $25 discount off registration for the year!