Programs at McKinley Arts and Culture Center
Come Join Us!
We offer a variety of music-based programs at our location at McKinley Arts and Culture Center, located close to downtown Reno (925 Riverside Dr.), including:
- Experiential classes
- Individual lessons
- Music therapy sessions
- Special workshops
- Teen Beat Summer Music Camp
Our schedule of classes, workshops, and session availability changes often. You can check out the schedule and full class descriptions online. However, to check availability and to register for group and/or individual sessions, please call the office at 775-324-5521.
Individual Music Therapy
Music therapy is the use of music as a tool to help achieve cognitive, physical, sensory, interpersonal, and emotional goals. Music is a powerful way to help the brain and body to learn or re-learn important skills. Learn more about music therapy in our Why Music Therapy section.
Experiential Music and Dance Classes
We offer experiential music and dance classes for children, teens, and adults. Our classes are open to all people who want to participate, regardless of ability. We make sure accommodations are made for people with any degree of disability so that everyone is learning, having fun, and being part of our community. Here is the link to our Current Class Schedule.
Individual Music Lessons
Our adaptive lessons bring the joy of learning an instrument to people who may have any number of physical or mental challenges that may limit their ability to learn from a traditional music teacher. Our music therapists have a unique understanding of how to support people with disabilities in learning how to express themselves through singing or playing an instrument at higher and higher levels. We also provide music lessons for people who do not need adapted instruction. We currently offer instruction in piano, guitar, banjo, ukulele, bass, violin, voice, percussion, and drums.
We offer a variety of workshops for everyone from infants to seniors. Our workshops are a wonderful way to experience a new form of dance or music in a fun, supportive and inclusive environment. Community and connection is at the center of everything we do. Here is the link to our Current Workshop Schedule.
Teen Beat Summer Music Camp
Every summer, we do one week of Teen Beat Summer Music Camp for teens with disabilities. For some of our campers, this is the highlight of the year. It’s an opportunity for teens to come learn to work together, have fun, make friends, be creative, and end the week with a show for their friends and family!
From some of our parents:
“Wow, we really weren’t sure Mark would like this, but after the first day we knew how much he was enjoying himself. We couldn’t believe the confidence we saw in him when he was on stage. He looked like he was a pro!”
“One of the most exciting things about camp was that Kyle made a new best friend. We exchanged numbers with the other boy’s parents and have already planned to go bowling together next week. He has never really had a friend, and he can’t wait!”
“This is the highlight of Eddie’s year. Ever since he came last summer this is all he has talked about. When is music camp? When do I get to play music again? When we told him that he going to be able to go to music camp again this year, you would have thought he won the lottery!”
Teen Camp is the week of July 10th, 2017 Monday through Friday,
10am – 2pm. Call 775-324-5521 to register! Camp fees are $100.
One of the best things we do is put on great performances for the community. Not only do The Note-Ables perform, but all of our participants have opportunities throughout the year to shine for the community. Our individual participants have the opportunity to perform in the Spring Recital and our group participants perform in our annual Artown music festival and Fall Showcase. We also have Halloween and Christmas parties for participants and their families. Lots of fun stuff for everyone.
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