SHAPE YOUR TALENT THIS FALL

CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AGES 6 through 11 YEARS

OUR FALL SESSION OF CLASSES BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 4

At Columbia College Chicago, young creatives shape their talent through diverse and mission-driven classes and camps that provide the opportunity to dip into topics such as music, theatre, fashion, social media, design, visual arts, dance, filmmaking, and many others. All programs are taught by instructors with deep experience in teaching the arts and media to children and teens. Absolutely no application or audition is required to register, and everyone is welcome to participate.

My daughter has gone here for years and it has been wonderful. Caring teachers, very encouraging and professional.
— Jen D.

PIANO

Offered at Sherwood Community Music School, our Kids Piano Lab program is an ideal way to try out the piano in a group setting and build the foundation for continued individual study in piano or other instruments. Students will acquire a familiarity with the keyboard, learn beginning music reading skills, and play simple melodies. Classes are taught in our digital keyboard lab.

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Kids Piano Lab

AGES 6 - 8

Kids Piano Lab level 1 begins every 8 weeks for new students. Once a student enrolls in the Kids Piano Lab program, they will typically continue with that same group of students, at the same day and time every term, until the student becomes advanced to the point of moving into private instruction. Kids Piano Lab classes are 8 weeks long for introductory classes, and 16 weeks long for all subsequent continuing classes.


VOICE

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VOICE FOR THE YOUNG PERFORMER

AGES 6 - 8

By singing with a group, students will learn how to develop their stage presence and be introduced to vocal technique through a variety of popular songs. Through interactive games, students will learn basic rhythm and pitch. At the end of the term, children have the opportunity to participate at an end-of-session performance for friends and family.


Guitar

Are you interested in playing for family and friends or becoming the next rock star? Kids Guitar class is a great way to get introduced to the guitar! Learn chords, strumming patterns, and melodic lines as well as how to play with others in a fun, relaxed setting.

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Kids Guitar

AGES 6 - 8

A new Kids Guitar program begins every 8 weeks for new students. Once a student enrolls in the Kids Guitar program, they will typically continue with that same group of students, at the same day and time every term, until either the student become advanced to the point of moving into private instruction, enrollment in the class dwindles down below the minimum required to run the class, or until the student chooses to drop out of the program altogether. Kids Guitar classes are 8 weeks long for introductory classes, and 16 weeks long for all subsequent continuing classes.

A guitar is required for all guitar classes. We do not rent guitars, however, your instructor can help recommend one for you.


DANCE CLASSES

All of our dance classes were developed in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago's Dance Center, and offered in their state-of-the-art studios, located at 1306 South Michigan Avenue.

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Ballet

AGES 6 - 8

In this class, children will develop a foundation of ballet technique in a fun, supportive environment that allows them to create, improvise, collaborate with their peers. Through a combination of structured skill, movement games and group activities, students will be introduced to traditional ballet dance and choreography. Students will have opportunities to develop their own original ballet-influenced coreography, which will be showcased at the end of the session. Comfortable, close fitting pants and top and ballet shoes are required for participation in this class. Leotard and tights are optional.

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Hip Hop

AGES 6 - 8

In this class, students learn the fundamental movement techniques of an eclectic collection of dance forms that fall under the umbrella term "Hip Hop." Hip Hop Dance celebrates creativity, individuality, and confidence through self-expression. This may include the basic movements of breaking, popping, locking, tutting, and house as well as other vernacular dances. Students  learn movement alongside basic histories of the dances, as well as values that are central to hip hop dance forms. We practice a combination of choreographed and freestyle exercises that are showcased at an end-of-term performance for family and friends.


ENROLLMENT OPENING OCTOBER 2018

SUMMER CAMPS FOR YOUNG CREATIVES IN THE PERFORMING, VISUAL, AND MEDIA ARTS

Summer Arts and Media Camps

AGES 6 - 12

  • Filmmaking
  • Digital Media Arts
  • West African Dance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Improv Comedy and Sketch Writing
  • Drawing
  • More
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The Summer Arts and Media Camp at Columbia College Chicago is a unique full-day urban camp program for young creatives. Featuring experienced teachers and counselors, small class-sizes, guest workshops, and access to Columbia’s state-of-the-art facilities in the South Loop.

REGISTRATION OPENING OCTOBER 2018

My child had a wonderful experience. Everyone from the teachers to the staff were inspiring and giving in their time and expertise.
— JOHANNA F.

Suzuki String Camp

AGES 4 - 12

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The 2019 Suzuki Preparatory String Camp will offer fun and innovative classes that will keep your child motivated and engaged in summer study. Our course offerings for violin, viola and cello are built around the Suzuki method, and will give your child a unique opportunity to broaden and deepen their musical knowledge. Students must have at least 6 months of previous study on their instrument.  

Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music. Learn more about our Suzuki Music Program here.

MORE INFORMATION COMING SPRING 2019

My son had an amazing experience at Columbia!
— Erendira R.