Columbia College Chicago

Kids Classes

Sherwood cultivates your child's potential through fun and accessible classes in music, dance and theatre. Our kids programs are open to anyone who wants to participate and are taught in a playful and informal learning environment.

* For current tuition rates and schedule, visit our Online Registration Center.

Creative Dance

Ages 6-8

In this class, children will develop dance technique while learning about dance and choreography. Through a combination of group activities, games and movement, students will be introduced to Modern, Ballet and West African dance styles, and learn skills that will help them create their own choreography, which will be showcased at an end of session performance. Comfortable, close fitting pants and top and bare feet are required for students' safety in this course. Please no ballet shoes.

Creative Dance: Saturdays for 8 weeks, 12:30-1:15 pm l $128

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Kids Piano Lab

Ages 6-8

Kids Piano Lab 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 Sherwood’s digital keyboard lab. 

Kids Piano Lab - Level 1 (ages 6-8): 
Introductory students will learn basic concepts and techniques on the instrument including music reading skills and simple one hand melodies

Kids Piano Lab - Level 2 (ages 6-8): 
Level 2 participants will begin working on two hand pieces as well as further developing music theory and technical skills.

Kids Piano Lab - Level 3+ (ages 6-8): 
Participants will expand on the skills learned from previous levels.

Kids Piano Lab 1 (Summer Session 1): Mondays for 8 weeks, 4:30-5:15 pm l $128*
Kids Piano Lab Level 2: Mondays for 16 weeks, 5:30-6:15; Saturdays for 16 weeks, 9-9:45 am l $256
Kids Piano Lab Level 3: Fridays for 16 weeks, 4:30-5:15 pm; Saturdays for 16 weeks, 10-10:45 am l $256
Kids Piano Lab Level 4: Saturdays for 16 weeks, 2-2:45 pm l $256

Kids Piano Lab 1 (Summer Session 2): Wednesdays for 8 weeks, 4-4:45 pm l $128*

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Children's Piano

Kids Guitar

Ages 6-8

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. There are two levels of Kids Guitar meant to be taken sequentially: Kids Guitar 1 and Kids Guitar 2.

Kids Guitar 1 (ages 6-8): 
Kids Guitar 1 participants will learn basic concepts and techniques on the instrument including how to read and play melodies and chords on the first three strings. 

Kids Guitar 2 (ages 6-8): 
Kids Guitar 2 students will learn all notes in the first position as well as how to play at least one solo piece.

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

Kids Guitar 1 (Summer Session 1): Saturdays for 8 weeks, 10:00-10:45 am l $128*
Kids Guitar 1 (Summer Session 2): Mondays for 8 weeks, 4:30-5:15 pm l $128*

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Hip Hop Dance

Ages 6-8, 9-12

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

Hip Hop Dance (ages 6-8): Thursdays for 8 weeks, 4:30-5:15 pm l $128
Hip Hop Dance  (ages 9-12): Thursdays for 8 weeks, 5:30-6:15 pm l $128

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Voice for the Young Performer

Ages 6-12

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.

There are two sections of ‘Voice for the Young Performer’ for children, one for ages 6 – 8, and one for ages 9 – 12.

Voice for the Young Performer (ages 6-8): Wednesdays for 8 weeks, 5:30-6:15 pm; Saturdays for 8 weeks, 12:30-1:15 pm l $128
Voice for the Young Performer (ages 9-12): Wednesdays for 8 weeks, 6:30-7:15 pm l $128

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