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Welcome to First Notes! 

Fall 2018 registration is open for priority registration for families returning from the Spring 2018 session. General registration will open at 7:00 AM on Monday, July 23.

Our playgroup is meeting on Mondays from 9:30 to noon.
Free to registered Music Together® families, $5 per child for all others. 

The remaining days for open play on Mondays at the Wilkins School are July 9, 16, and 23. We'll be closed during the month of August.

Registration for Summer 2018 is still open.
We now allow unlimited makeups, so if you're late joining us, you can still attend all of your classes!


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





Contact Us



First Notes
Karen Sloneker, Director and Certified Music Together Teacher
216 Amber Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206