Aspen Music Festival And School

Sing Play Move


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the full 2020 session of the Aspen Music Festival and School is canceled. Registration for school-year AfterWorks programs (Beginning Strings, Lead Guitar, and Maroon Bel Canto Choirs) will open in August.  2021 summer information and registration for Education and Community summer programming will be available on our website in late winter. 

An early childhood music education program of the AMFS

Class Options and Times:

During Sing Play Move, children attend one of the four daily class offerings with a parent or caregiver. On Friday, all participants attend large group class and have an opportunity for an orchestra observation!

Upon registration, you’ll select which daily class time and age division is right for you. Please note: classes are limited in size to twelve children plus their parent or caregiver, and it is strongly recommended to attend class daily for the entire week.

Monday through Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church (Aspen):
9 AM – Infant Class (birth-1)
9:45 AM – Toddler Class (1-2)
10:30 AM – Preschool Class (3-4)
11:30 AM – Kinder and 1st-Grade Class (~5-6) *

* Children may attend Kinder class if they are entering Kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year. 

* Children may attend without a parent or caregiver if they attended Kindergarten during the 2019-20 school year.

Friday meeting at the Harris Hall Box Office:

9:15-10:30 am: Family Class for all age divisions, with parent/caregiver at the Benedict Music Tent, where we observe part of an orchestra rehearsal with the Aspen Chamber Symphony

Program Details


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. Using our voices, our bodies, and instruments, students explore music making and music appreciation in ways that are appropriate for the youngest music lovers! Children and parents alike will delight in using John Feierabend’s First Steps in Music, a music and movement program for infants through elementary-aged children that focuses on creating students that are tuneful, beatful, and artful.  Through our carefully designed week-long curriculum, children will play with the AMFS 2020 theme and have fun connecting with AMFS ensembles and repertoire.  Sing Play Move families will join in the AMFS celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with the season theme “Beethoven’s Revolution" and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with the theme "Uncommon Women of Note."


This is a subscription-based course that meets daily Monday-Friday. Curriculum is progressive within week by day. A child's tuition allows them access (with a parent/caregiver) to five classes within the selected class division. Choose the one class division that works for you!

Please note: Class sizes are limited to only twelve children to allow for plenty of individual attention. Friday class is a larger format meant for musical exploration and repetition of small group materials, with a special opportunity to observe an AMFS Orchestra!


Class Divisions:

The Infant and Toddler Classes engage parents/caregivers to actively make music with their children in a collaborative environment.

The Preschool and Kinder Classes foster individual music making through group activities, movement, instrumental exploration, guided listening, composition, and play.

*Have children in multiple divisions? We can help! Contact Heather Kendrick at to determine the right class to fit your needs.


About The Teacher

Kate Klotz is the Director of Choirs at Monarch High School in Louisville, CO.  Prior to her appointment at Monarch, Kate served as the Artistic Director for the Boulder Children’s Chorale and taught K-5 general music. She is a frequent guest instructor, clinician and choral adjudicator and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences. Kate has been praised for her light-hearted and kind approach to helping young students achieve musical excellence and specializes in teaching beginning vocal technique and music literacy. She is currently the Children’s Choir Repertoire and Resources Chair for the Colorado Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. 

Kate holds a Masters of Music from Colorado State University and received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds all three levels of Kodály certification and has also completed Orff Schulwerk training.  She has performed with the Colorado Conductor’s Chorale, the Spokane Symphony Chorale, Boulder-based Cantabile Singers, and currently sings with Anima Chamber Ensemble. Kate resides in Louisville, CO, where she enjoys yoga, gardening, and soaking up the Colorado sunshine.



Sing Play Move: 

$125 for the first child
$100 for each additional child from the same immediate family

(tuition includes daily classes and materials for the entire week-long course)


How to Apply

Because of the AMFS's delayed season start, the Sing Play Move program (originally scheduled for June 29-July 3) has been cancelled for summer 2020 and will return in summer 2021.


Festival for Kids is generously underwritten by The Aspen Thrift Shop.

Huge thanks to Christ Episcopal Church for their continued support of AMFS Education programming,
including Sing Play Move.
536 West North Street
Aspen, CO  81611



To learn more, please contact:

Katie Hone Wiltgen
Director of Education and Community Programming
970 205 5055

Heather Kendrick
Manager of Education and Community Programming
970 205 5057

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO