The Aspen Music Festival and School offers a wide variety of kids and family programs meant to inspire the next generation of classical music enthusiasts. Whether you're enjoying a family picnic at Music on the Mountain, singing and dancing at Gotta Move!, or gathering a multi-generational group to enjoy a Family Concert, you're sure to experience the excitement of the Aspen Music Festival and School and create cherished family memories that will last a lifetime. Also, explore our summer long educational programs — not just for kids! These programs allow locals and summer residents the opportunity to learn and grow their musical skills with lessons and musical activities throughout the summer.
Select a program of interest below to learn more.
Summer Educational Programs: Reserve Your Spot and Dig in Deeper for Personalized Musical Experiences with the AMFS!
Sing Play Move | P.A.L.S. (Passes and Lessons Scholarship) Program | Festival Lessons
Festival for Kids
Kids Notes and Family Concert
Family Concert: GAIL KUBIK: Gerald McBoing Boing
A lively, short concert that will introduce kids to the world of classical music. Young Gerald doesn't speak words—he creates a tapestry of interesting sound effects instead. Dejected and feeling outcast at one point, he finds fame and fortune providing sound effects for a radio station. From a children's book by Dr. Seuss.
Arrive early for Kids Notes, and enjoy activities designed to prepare kids for the concert. After the concert, grab a sweet treat to go!
Easy parking for families in the Benedict Music Tent/Harris Concert Hall lot.
- Kids Notes pre-concert event: Meadows Hospitality Tent and lawn
- Family Concert: Benedict Music Tent:
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022
Kids Notes pre-concert event: 2-2:50 pm (free; activities best for ages seven and younger)
Family Concert: 3 pm (free; open to all ages, with an adult)
Modeled on “Music Together,” children sing, move, and play instruments, developing their curiosity about music. Always engaging and captivating for young music lovers, kids are sure to have fun in this high-energy, multi-age environment. Designed specifically for infants through age 5, with an adult.
Easy parking for families in the Benedict Music Tent/Harris Concert Hall lot!
Dates/times coming soon...
Annie Flynn – All-Valley Music Together
Tammy Barr – Aspen Music Together
Tunes & Tales
Description: In collaboration with the children’s librarians at the Pitkin County Library and the Basalt Regional Library, kids are treated to enchanting stories blended with music performed by AMFS students and local musicians. For kids under age 9, with an adult.
Pitkin County Library:
Dates/times coming soon...
Inside - limited audience capacity
Basalt Regional Library:
Thursdays at 10:30 AM - July 21, 28, August 4, 11
For more details, visit the AMFS Events page.
Summer Educational Programs
Registration opens March 1, 2022!
Description: An early childhood music education program for the youngest classical music fans! Sing Play Move’s curriculum is based in folk/world music, action and game songs, nursery rhymes, instrumental play, free/creative and guided movement, and simple composition. Children and parents alike will delight in thoughtful, engaging, and fun classes led by master music educator Kate Klotz.
Register for an available spot to be placed with a socially-distanced group, OR join together with three-five other families to create your own private class pod
Location and Schedule:
June 27 - July 1, 2022
Location coming soon...
30 minute class sessions, plus 5-10 minutes of music exploration time
This is a subscription-based course that meets daily Monday-Friday. Curriculum is progressive within the week by day, and it is highly recommended to attend class daily for the entire week. Children attend class with a parent or caregiver to experience music-making together!
- Socially-Distanced Classes: Families will sit together on personal blankets, spaced out from other families.
- Separate Materials: Each family group will be provided with their own instruments and materials to use during class, and we'll take care of all the cleaning.
- Masked for Safety, if Unvaccinated: Masks may be required for any unvaccinated adults or child over age 4, particularly when singing.
- Small Groups: We can only accommodate five-six families per session, to ensure both appropriate distancing and individual attention.
A summer program of private lessons, chamber music, music education activities, and exclusive access to the Aspen Music Festival and School's summer season.
For locals or full-time summer residents of the Roaring Fork Valley.
Application opens Monday, March 14, 2022 at noon — Application deadline is Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 10 pm (MDT)
The P.A.L.S. program is designed for local students (full-time or full-time summer residents of the Roaring Fork Valley) who are currently studying an instrument (including voice) and wish to devote serious focus to this instrument during the summer months. The P.A.L.S. program is not for beginning students, as you should already have at least one school year of experience on your instrument before applying to P.A.L.S.
High school and middle school students (entering grades 6-12 - P.A.L.S. division) receive a series of 5 one-hour private lessons, while students entering grades 1-5 (Little P.A.L.S. division) receive a series of 5 half-hour lessons. More information coming soon.
Lessons with top AMFS students are available to all interested (part-time or full-time) residents of the Roaring Fork Valley each summer. Purchase a single lesson or a series. This opportunity is open to music enthusiasts of all ages, with or without prior music experience! $35 per half-hour lesson. Learn more.
If you would like to hire a musician for private lessons outside of the summer months, a courtesy listing is provided here of local musicians who frequently work with the AMFS and come highly recommended.
Kids and Family Programs
Music on the Mountain
Description: AMFS music students play spirited chamber music with the stunning Elk Mountain Range as a backdrop. Perfect for the whole family — bring a picnic or purchase lunch at the Sundeck restaurant. (Gondola ticket or strenuous hike required to get to this event.)
Location: Top of Aspen Mountain
Schedule: July 9, 17, 23, 30, & August 6, 13 at 1:00 PM
For more details, visit the AMFS Events page
The Festival encourages children to come to concerts to experience the joy of live music. Children can attend events inexpensively with this program, which offers a heavily discounted Youth Season Pass (just $50!) and/or $5 tickets to children ages 4-18 for any regularly scheduled event.
For a classic family Festival experience, join us for free on the David Karetsky Music Lawn and in the Kaye Music Garden just outside the Benedict Music Tent. The Lawn and Garden are free and open at all times for those who wish to quietly listen to and enjoy the concert.
To learn more, please contact:
Katie Hone Wiltgen
Dean of Education and Community
970 205 5055
Manager of Education and Community Programming
970 205 5057