The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards seeks to gather the opinions of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Our readers and online followers voted for their favorite businesses, attractions, family services and more.
Here are the winner and finalists in the “best arts and music learning experience” category.
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Winner: The Music Settlement
Through its three centers – Center for Music, Center for Early Childhood, and Center for Music Therapy – and Bop Stop performance venue, The Music Settlement provides accessible, life-enhancing music and arts experiences to people of all ages and abilities. Its Center for Music delivers music instruction in a variety of musical styles in private lessons, ensembles, immersion programs, and performance opportunities. Its Center for Early Childhood is a top-rated, 5-Star “Step Up To Quality” program that uses music and the arts in preschool, kindergarten, and summer camps. Its Center for Music Therapy utilizes specially designed music-based interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional.
11125 Magnolia Dr., Cleveland
Beck Center for the Arts
Beck Center for the Arts is more than a non-profit arts organization that combines professional theater with arts education in Northeast Ohio. Beck Center creates arts experiences for all ages and abilities. It is the largest theater and arts center on the West Side, serving over 65,000 people per year. Beck Center produces live professional theater, and theater for children, teens, and adults, with free art gallery spaces, and dance, music, theater, and visual arts education programming for all ages.
17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
In the late ‘60s, musician and educator Dan Pratt discovered a successful music program in Germany that empowered young children to express themselves creatively, while hitting major developmental milestones. He saw families coming back to it again and again, and he knew his calling was to build on what he had learned and share it around the world. In 1978, he introduced the first Kindermusik class, and the rest is musical history. Today, they are continually building their on-demand training center, and offering more school curricula kits.