Music & Dance Programming

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

2021 Summer Camps

We are currently in open enrollment for our Summer Semester with 23 different summer camp options! Check out our summer camps in action here.

Summer Camp Policies and Procedures

Frozen in Summer Camp (ages 4-6)

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.

Speaking Through Song Camp (ages 4-6, 6-9, 9-13)

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. Check out this summer camp in action here.

Showstopper Camp (ages 5-7, 8-12, 13+)

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.

Music in Color Camp (ages 5-8, 9-13)

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.

Everything Disney Dance Camp (ages 5-8, 9-13)

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.

PASS Camp (ages 5-8)

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.

Ukulele Camp (ages 9+)

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.

World Tour Island Musical Camp (ages 9-12)

Pack your suitcases for Challenge Island's World Tour! This new camp blends the traditional Challenge Island camps with the expertise of Beyond Words' music therapists to provide a new, inclusive summer camp. Students will engineer their way around the globe. Each challenge will bring students to a different international destination, while learning songs and dances that provide a special Challenge Island taste of the local flavor there! We will design, build and create a world of wonders in this fun filled camp. See the promotional video here.

Hip Hop Dance Camp (ages 9-13)

Does your child love to watch dance videos? Want to learn the trendy dance moves that they see on YouTube and TikTok? Our Hip Hop Dance Camp allows dancers with special needs a chance to learn popular hip hop line dances and basic hip hop movements.

Jam Session & Songwriting Camp (ages 9-12, 13+)

Jam Session & Songwriting camp offers our older students 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.

Music Lessons and Classes

Virtual programs are indicated with an asterisk (*). We are currently in open enrollment for our Summer Semester, with individual lessons and classes from June to August 2021. Priority registration for our Fall Semester begins July 15th. In-person programming available in North Royalton, Medina, Highland Heights & Avon. The Independence studio will open September 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 Virtual Membership* (ages 2-5)

New memberships available May 1st. 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)

Our Learning Groove class is available in-person. 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 Summer 2021.

Music & Movement Class* (ages 4-8)

Our Music & Movement class is available 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 Summer Semester, with individual lessons and classes from June to August 2021. Priority registration for our Fall Semester begins July 15th. In-person, adapted dance programming available in North Royalton only.

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.

Lunchtime Dance Break* (ages 5+)

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

Adapted Hip Hop Class* (ages 7+)

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

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.