Winter 2018 Group Classes

Music Exploration

Instrument Exploration

Small Group Intro to Violin (two age levels)

Please note, because we offer these classes in partnership with Wayland Recreation, registration is via their website (link at bottom of page). Registration is now open at the Recreation Department website.


8 Fridays, January 25 - March 22 (no class February 22)

10:15 - 11:00: mixed ages, 6 months - 5 yrs with parent/caregiver

Share the joy of exploring music with your child! Learn new and traditional songs while developing a sense of rhythm, ear training, singing, dancing and playing. A class for caregivers and children to bond as they develop a love for music. Class size is limited to 8 families.

With Wayland School of Music Instructor Kenya Esteva de Ruiz (

Fee: $175     
Class size: minimum 3 students, maximum 8 students

Instrument Exploration

8 Fridays, January 25 - March 22 (no class February 22)

11:00 - 11:45: age 3.5 - 5 with parent-caregiver

Not sure which instrument is right for your child? Explore piano, violin, cello and guitar with hands-on games, singing and listening exercises. We will also learn about the Suzuki Method. This class is a wonderful interim step between general music classes and private lessons.

With Wayland School of Music Instructor Kenya Esteva de Ruiz (

Fee: $175     Class size: minimum 3 student, maximum 8 students

Small Group Intro to Violin with Suzuki Method (level 1)

Please note, we are now offering two age groups for this class. See below for registration instructions for each.

8 Saturdays, January 26 - March 30 (no class February 16, 23)

2:00 - 2:50 pm: age 6 - 7 with a parent or caregiver

3:00 - 3:50 pm: age 4 - 5 with a parent or caregiver  

With Zhiyue Ali You (registered Suzuki Violin instructor). Instruments and all materials provided.

This is an ideal age to start violin with the Suzuki Method!

Our small group violin classes are centered around creative and playful activities alternating between exercises, movement, and song (video herehere, here and here). Children build strong beginner skills in a positive and encouraging atmosphere, and there's plenty of individual attention! Teacher, child and parent work together - no prior experience is needed, as parents learn right along with their child in class and partner with them at home. "Graduates" can transition to Level 2 class and/or individual instruction, as desired.

"My children have loved their weekly violin class. We have especially loved the easygoing and fun atmosphere. Being able to play an instrument not only makes kids happy and confident, it brings joy to the whole family." ~ X, mom to A and A, age 4 and 6

"We have been so pleased with the class. Our son loves learning to play the violin....he speaks very positively about playing, eagerly asks us each night if he can do his violin homework, and enjoys performing in front of family members. 

We believe the class is helping to lay the foundation for a lifelong love of music. The developmentally appropriate instruction has been wonderful - exactly what we were hoping for when we chose your school." ~ E, mom to J age 3

The Suzuki method is ideal for this age group, and has a 60 year history of success with young children worldwide. Brain receptivity to language and music is at its peak at age 3 to 7, while supple young bodies adapt more easily to playing violin. Waiting till 3rd or 4th grade misses the prime age for beginning an instrument!

"My daughter's interest in musical instruments was slowly nurtured at home until a 5th Grade Orchestra visited her Pre-School.  When I saw the flyer for the beginners’ violin class I knew it was the perfect time. I feel fortunate that she has this opportunity while her enthusiasm is fresh."
~ Mother of V, age 5

Class size: minimum 3 students, maximum 5 students

Fee: $220 for 8 classes. Instruments and all materials are provided (violin for class and home use; book and CD to keep).

Location: Activity Room, Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road.

Registration: These classes are offered by Wayland School of Music in partnership with Wayland Recreation Department, so registration is via the Recreation Department website. To register: select "Register/Programs and Activities", then "2019 Winter Programs". Then -

For Music Exploration, Instrument Exploration, and Small Group Intro to Violin age 4-5 select "Preschool Programs"; for Small Group Intro to Violin age 6-7 select "Youth Programs - Arts/Science/Tech". When the list of classes opens, scroll down alphabetically to find your class. Or to register by phone instead, call them at 508 358 3660.

Questions about the class? Please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 508 358 7835, and we'll be happy to help you!