“Children get a sense of what it takes to be a folk singer by learning an instrument, penning their own music and lyrics, recording in a studio and designing album artwork. To give kids a taste of the real indie-music experience, classes culminate in a showcase performance at a live music venue.” -Time Out New York Kids

“Children get a sense of what it takes to be a folk singer by learning an instrument, penning their own music and lyrics, recording in a studio and designing album artwork. To give kids a taste of the real indie-music experience, classes culminate in a showcase performance at a live music venue.” -Time Out New York Kids

“[Blue Balloon] is the best class I've come across since becoming a parent! Rachel Lipson has created an incredible program for children to explore music and instruments in a way that empowers them and enables them to follow their dreams.” -Mama and Tata  

“[Blue Balloon] is the best class I've come across since becoming a parent! Rachel Lipson has created an incredible program for children to explore music and instruments in a way that empowers them and enables them to follow their dreams.” -Mama and Tata

 

“Paul McCartney, Carole King and Stephen Sondheim all had to start somewhere. Rachel Lipson, a songwriter, music teacher and performer, tries to catch budding composers at a very young age.” –The New York Times "The Knitting Factory has been host to many boundary-pushing musicians. That will still be true on Sunday, but these artists will be younger than usual, and they’ll be redefining the limits of what children can do. All are students at Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People, a school that the songwriter, performer and former teacher Rachel Lipson founded with the goal of letting children master instruments by writing their own songs." -The New York Times

“Paul McCartney, Carole King and Stephen Sondheim all had to start somewhere. Rachel Lipson, a songwriter, music teacher and performer, tries to catch budding composers at a very young age.” The New York Times

"The Knitting Factory has been host to many boundary-pushing musicians. That will still be true on Sunday, but these artists will be younger than usual, and they’ll be redefining the limits of what children can do. All are students at Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People, a school that the songwriter, performer and former teacher Rachel Lipson founded with the goal of letting children master instruments by writing their own songs." -The New York Times

"Your kids are in school learning all day long, so in their off hours, why not sign them up for something they actually want to do? If your child is always belting out Miley Cyrus at home, get him to “Roar” in tune with Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People. These private lessons (in your home) will teach your kid the fundamentals of an instrument, along with the skills to actually write their own songs, culminating in an end-of-year performance on stage at the Knitting Factory!” -Brooklyn Based

"Your kids are in school learning all day long, so in their off hours, why not sign them up for something they actually want to do? If your child is always belting out Miley Cyrus at home, get him to “Roar” in tune with Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People. These private lessons (in your home) will teach your kid the fundamentals of an instrument, along with the skills to actually write their own songs, culminating in an end-of-year performance on stage at the Knitting Factory!” -Brooklyn Based


Student Testimonials

“We get to learn different chords and play games. And we get to record and listen to our songs.” –Maggie (age 4)

“We get to learn different chords and play games. And we get to record and listen to our songs.” –Maggie (age 4)

“The way you teach me how to play guitar and piano is fun and I learn a lot.  I really look forward to my lessons and if I miss them, I get sad!” –Sophie (age 10)

“The way you teach me how to play guitar and piano is fun and I learn a lot.  I really look forward to my lessons and if I miss them, I get sad!” –Sophie (age 10)


Parent Testimonials

"I love working with Rachel and her hyper-talented team of musicians.  My sons and I think it is pretty awesome to have actual musicians in our house!!  Not only is the quality of the instruction excellent but working with Rachel is a pleasure.  She runs a great business and I highly recommend Blue Balloon to anyone seeking top notch music education!" -Kara Van Kirk Levin

 

"We LOVE Blue Balloon!  Our kids (4 and 6) have been working with Blue Balloon's kind and talented teachers for a few years now and it's always both mind-blowing and endearing to hear the songs they come up with and see their enthusiasm for playing and writing songs. They're even motivated to practice!" -Kristi Guigliano

 

“The kids are so much more engaged and motivated to learn how to play when they are the songwriters. Ada actually loves to practice because she’s singing her own stuff. And the ideas that they come up with: people getting married on unicorns, mermaids and chalk, a list of the things that keep a person warm…the song titles alone are worth the price of admission. If it were up to me, all kids would learn music this way.” –Brooke

 

"Is my daughter learning to play an instrument and about the fundamentals of music? Definitely. But that is not what I love about Blue Balloon for her. In her weekly lesson, she has this completely unique space where she is learning how to be creative, how to turn her emotions and experiences and fantasies into art and sound. And, perhaps best of all, she is being led on her musical and songwriting journey by the most lovely, creative, talented artist. The relationship that has blossomed between my daughter and her teacher is really at the heart of her Blue Balloon experience." -Kate

 

"Blue Balloon has given my children a creative voice through music and poetry.  Rachel’s approach to music is creative and fun so the kids enjoy the learning process.  Both my kids have been taking lessons with Blue Balloon since before they could read – after 6+ years with Blue Balloon music is a first language to them both!" -Anne Marie Lubrano

 

"We all love Blue Balloon! Not only are the teachers amazing but the idea of teaching music by teaching how to write songs is truly inspiring. Our daughter has a book of her songs, filled with pieces written as early as when she was 5 years old. Instead of approaching an instrument as something to be mastered and a little intimidating, the kids are encouraged to embrace an instrument with freedom and to express ideas, feelings, and moods. Our daughter entertains dinner parties with dramatic performances or plays us a song she wrote for our anniversary, which makes for unforgettable moments." -Bettina Funcke

 

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