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 enviornment.

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


Vision Quest- An Original Musical

Ages 6 - 8

This original musical play, written especially for children ages 6, 7 and 8, is based upon three different Native American legends. The story involves a child who ventures into the forest at night, and encounters various creatures and people, both fierce and friendly, and learns valuable life lessons along the way. There are no auditions required to participate, although enrollment is strictly limited to 12 children. The class culminates in a final performance that is free and open to the public.

Tuesdays for 16 weeks, 4:30-5:45 pm l $256

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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 (Spring Session 1): Mondays for 8 weeks, 5:30-6:15 pm; Saturdays for 8 weeks, 9:00-9:45 am l $128*
Kids Piano Lab Level 2: Fridays for 16 weeks, 4:30-5:15; Saturdays for 16 weeks, 10-10:45 am l $256
Kids Piano Lab Level 3: Saturdays for 16 weeks, 2:00-2:45 pm l $256
Kids Piano Lab Level 5: Mondays for 16 weeks, 4:30-5:15 pm l $256

Kids Piano Lab 1 (Spring Session 2): Mondays for 8 weeks, 6:30-7:15 pm l $128*

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Children's Piano

Kids Piano Lab

Ages 9-12

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. There are three levels of Kids Piano Lab meant to be taken sequentially.

Kids Piano Lab - Level 1 (ages 9-12): 
Introductory students will learn basic concepts and techniques on the instrument including music reading skills, simple two hand melodies, scales, and arpeggios.

Kids Piano Lab - Level 2 (ages 9-12): 
Level 2 participants will progress to learning 3-note chord voicings and extend their range on the instrument.

Kids Piano Lab - Level 3 (ages 9-12): 
Level 3 participants will expand on the skills from Level 2

Kids Piano Lab 1 Ages 9-12 (Spring Session 1): Thursdays for 8 weeks, 6:30-7:15 pm l $128*
Kids Piano Lab 1 Ages 9-12 (Spring Session 2): Fridays for 8 weeks, 6:30-7:15 pm l $128*

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

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NEW! Puppet Theatre

Ages 6-8

Bring objects to life! In this dynamic class, we will use games, music, and ensemble storytelling to build an original play that uses light and shadow puppets that we will create together. This class culminates in a final performance that is free and open to the public.

Puppet Theatre: Wednesdays for 8 weeks, 5:30-6:15 pm l $128*

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Uku-la-la Ensemble

Ages 5-8

This class is for ukulele players ages 5 to 8 who have taken Uku-la-la and wish to continue learning in a group class setting. In Uku-la-la Ensemble, we will learn continuing strumming, picking and chord skills, using group singing and games to reinforce musical concepts, coordination, and the joy of playing the ukulele together!

Note: Beginner 5-8 year olds are welcome to join Uku-la-la Ensemble, but in order to take this class, students must be able to play the C and F chords and identify the note names of each string in standard GCEA tuning on a ukulele.

Uku-la-la Ensemble: Wednesdays for 8 weeks, 4:30-5:15 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): Mondays 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): Mondays for 8 weeks, 6:30-7:15 pm l $128

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