Music & Dance Programming

New students, please complete our Dance Intake Form or Music Intake Form first and then continue to enroll for the program you're interested in below.

2022 Summer Camps

We are currently in open enrollment for summer camps in July & August. Check out our summer camps in action here.

Speaking Through Song Camp (ages 3-6, 7-11, 10-14)

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.

This camp is appropriate for children who have special needs. Check out this summer camp in action here.

Mirabel's Magical Dance Camp (ages 5-8)

Show us your talents in our inclusive, Mirabel's Magical Dance Camp with singing, dancing and drama in a creative environment with peers of all abilities. Each day, we focus on a different talent/character from the new Disney movie "Encanto", including a performance of songs at the end of camp.

This inclusion camp is appropriate for dancers who have special needs ("adapted") and those neurotypically developing ("peer models").

PASS Camp (ages 5-9)

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.

This inclusion camp is appropriate for students who have special needs ("adapted") and those neurotypically developing ("peer models").

Everything Disney Dance Camp (ages 5-9, 11-15)

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.

This inclusion camp is appropriate for dancers who have special needs ("adapted") and those neurotypically developing ("peer models").

Music in Color Camp (ages 7-11)

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. This camp is appropriate for campers who have special needs.

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.

This inclusion camp is appropriate for dancers who have special needs ("adapted") and those neurotypically developing ("peer models").

Hip Hop Dance Camp (ages 12+)

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

This inclusion camp is appropriate for dancers who have special needs ("adapted") and those neurotypically developing ("peer models").

Showstopper Camp (ages 10-14 & 15-20)

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.

This inclusion camp is appropriate for campers who have special needs ("adapted") and those neurotypically developing ("peer models").

Adult Showstopper Camp (ages 21+)

Our inclusive, Adult Showstopper Camp teaches the performing arts skills of singing, dancing and drama in a creative environment with peers of all abilities. Each day, we focus on a different theme or show that culminates in a performance at the end of the week. A typical day includes vocal warmups, physical warmups, learning a song, integrating dance movements, drama exercises, character/team building and creative expression interventions. Adaptations that are considered when working with adults with developmental disabilities include sensory integration, multiple models of learning (visual, modeling, verbal) and integrating multiple ways of participating (communication & physical adaptations) through positive reinforcement and presuming each individuals' intellect. North Pointe Ballet will provide an adult peer model from their company members for each adult registered. This program in partnership of Cuyahoga DD.

Music Lessons and Classes

We are currently in open enrollment for our Summer Semester, with individual lessons and classes from June-August 2022. In-person programming available in North Royalton. We are accepting students on our wait list for the Solon, Highland Heights & Avon studios.

Policies and Procedures Virtual Programming Consent Form

Music Therapy

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

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. We offer adapted music lessons in piano, voice and guitar, ukulele.

Traditional Private Lessons

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

The Learning Groove Music Class (ages 1-5)

The Learning Groove program is a developmental music & movement class for children ages 1-5. 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.

Adapted Dance Lessons and Classes

Our Adapted Dance Classes will start up again in the fall semester. We are currently in open enrollment for our individual lessons in our summer semester (from June-August 2022). 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.

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 Music Class is a developmental music & movement class designed to empower children to reach their full musical, academic and creative potential. This class will be offered on Monday or Thursday from 12:00-12:30 for the 2021-22 school year, divided into two 11-week semesters (Fall and Winter).

Registration is full for the 2021-22 school year, but check back in the summer for more information about the 2022-23 school year.