“Mommy, that is teacher Barbara.” My daughter pointed and then quickly ran behind me to hide, as most 3-year-olds would. We had spotted Barbara out of context, in a shopping mall, so my daughter was taken off-guard. But within a few moments, Barbara had engaged my little girl and they were excitedly talking about her next Music Together Class.
That’s classic Barbara. Barbara Hendricks knows music. And Barbara loves children. With a B.A. in Elementary Education & Music from Calvin College as well as a Master of Music Degree from Michigan State University, you can see that Barbara has put her time and energy into the field she is passionate about.
Her musical presence in Grand Rapids predates 2002, when she opened the Audation Station. Later, the name was changed to Music Moves for Children when Music Together classes were added to their offerings [an early childhood program for ages 0-5] as well as piano lessons. In the fall of 2009, Barbara answered the call to provide expanded services and moved her studio to it’s current location [6143 28th St SE] where she and a dedicated staff now offer a wide variety of musical instruction under a new name, the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids.
One of their newer offerings are GLEE Choirs. Directed by a fabulous Forest Hills instructor, Steven Vecchio, this is a great way for students to enjoy singing music they love. And I think it’s cool that there is a choir for three different age groups starting with kindergartners.
If you have more than one child, you know the headache of running your children to multiple locations for different lessons. The Academy of Music makes your life easier by housing ALL of the following:
- Early Childhood Music Classes
- Preschool and Kindergarten Piano Transitions Lessons
- Glee Choirs, grades K and up
- Piano Lessons
- Guitar Lessons
- Trumpet, Trombone & Flute Lessons
- Rock or Jazz Combo Instruction
- Piano Pedagogy
And so you can try out the Academy for yourself, read on for 3 special Offers…
#1: You’re Invited! FREE Holiday Music Together Class
- Tuesday, December 13 at 10:15 am
- Tuesday, December 13 at 6:15 pm
- Thursday, December 15 at 11:30 am
Sing, chant and move to your favorite holiday songs with your birth-age 5 children. Plus there are prizes & drawings for new visitors and enrolled students that bring a friend. Musical stocking stuffers & class gift certificates are available to help you finish up your Christmas shopping.
Space is limited, so register online or call 616.965.1655 to reserve your spot.
#2: Perhaps you giving your child an instrument for Christmas?
Consider signing up for lessons at the Academy. If you mention grkids.com, the Academy will give you $25 off of lessons beginning in January.