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Circle of Friends


The Music Studio


1237 Central Avenue
Albany, NY, 12205
United States


The event has already taken a place at this date: 
4:30 pm for 4- and 5-year-olds; 5:30 pm for 6- to 8-year-olds


4-5 years 6-8 years
Contact name: 
Noel Liberty
Email address: 
Circle of Friends is a small, supportive six-week music class for children with special needs.

The Music Studio is proud to offer small-group classes and individual instruction for children with special needs. Recognizing the unique challenges specific to children with autism spectrum disorders, neurological impairments, and complex learning disabilities, we have invited Beth McLaughlin to join our staff. Ms. McLaughlin is a board-certified music therapist who is also a certified music teacher in the state of New York. She comes to us after a long tenure at Wildwood School in Schenectady, and has created an innovative program for us: Circle of Friends, a class we offer for 4–5-year-olds and 6–8-year-olds. Ms. McLaughlin is also offering Adapted Piano Instruction, private piano lessons for children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs. We have regular Open Houses dedicated to our Music for Children with Special Needs; call 518-459-7799 for more information.


Circle of Friends is a 50-minute music class (twice a week for two weeks) for children with special needs and their parents. This class can help parents connect to their child through music or it can serve the child who may not be ready for The Foundation but enjoys and is easily engaged by music. Participants take part in singing, movement, and instrument play in an individualized and supportive environment. Music activities are specifically designed to promote social interaction, communication, and motor skill development, while helping children experience the joy of making music with friends and family.