First Notes

Winter Weather Policy
In the event of a school district cancellation in the district where our classes are held, we will also cancel classes. If the start of school is delayed, our classes will be held at the regularly scheduled time. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Shining Light are in the Pittsburgh Public School District; Musik Innovations is in the North Allegheny School District; the Wilkins School Community Center is in the Woodland Hills School District. On the weekends, we will make an independent decision and will post all cancellations on this website, as well as on facebook.

Welcome to First Notes!


What We Believe 

  • All children are musical.
  • All children can achieve basic music competence - they can learn to move their bodies accurately to the beat and can sing in tune - with enough experience in the early years. 
  • Parents and primary caregivers are essential in the musical growth of children, regardless of the musical achievements of the adults.
  • Children learn best in a playful, developmentally appropriate setting, without performance expectations.
  • Music is a fun, meaningful, and essential life skill.     

What This Looks Like in Class 

  • Classes meet once a week (10 week sessions, except for the 6 week summer session) for 45 minutes a class, with 6 to 12 children and their parents/caregivers.
  • Everybody sings! The Music Together® teacher acts as a guide to help parents and primary caregivers to create a fun model for making music as a family. 
  • Everybody dances! We love dancing all around the room - sometimes in a more planned way, often just moving freely through space, dancing to music with the people we love.
  • Everybody plays! We use rhythm instruments, scarves, shaker eggs, rhythm sticks, and other instruments/props several times each class, maintaining a fun, playful environment that encourages involvement, and exploration.
  • Every registered family receives a songbook, CD, and a code to access the Family Music Zone at There are nine song collections that rotate over three years, and three summer collections.
See Parts of a Class and Hear What Parents Say






 PO Box 90004 Pittsburgh PA 15224