Foundation Music School was founded in 2006 by Kelly McCallum. Kelly began teaching family music classes with a handful of families, a passion for music and a dream of creating a school of the arts that could serve the community of Fort Collins. With her vision and dedication, Foundation Music School has steadily grown into what it is today, now offering a variety of classes for anyone interested, regardless of age, ethnicity, income or ability.
Family Music classes bring the world of music to children from birth to 5 years old and their parents or caregivers through bouncing, instrument playing, lullabies, dancing, parachute play, movement, finger plays and more. Music Makers Pre-instrument and Instrument classes include singing, dancing, instrument and ensemble playing and movement to provide children with the musical tools necessary to be successful at playing an instrument. Our beginning Group Instrument programs utilize the benefits of small group classes to provide students with a total musicianship approach to their instrument that is fun and motivating. Through a group approach, children are able to learn from each other and overcome performance anxiety.
Graduates of the beginning instrument programs are equipped with skills often reserved for more advanced students and are ready for the focus and intensity of private instrument lessons. In private instrument lessons, students study with teachers with advanced degrees and are given the opportunity to work in ensembles throughout the year, perform in community recitals and participate in a week long summer music camp that is both fun and inspiring. Private lessons are student-centered, ensuring that material is relevant and motivating.
For our students with diverse needs, Foundation Music School offers Adaptive Lessons, Group Music Therapy Services and Private Music Therapy Services facilitated by Board Certified Music Therapists with years of experience and training. Music Therapy utilizes music to work on non-musical goals and objectives in the areas of speech and language skills, socio-emotional skills, motor skills, academic/cognitive skills, and sensory regulation. Board Certified Music Therapists plan and implement musical experiences which help clients in the areas of development, learning or rehabilitation. Music Therapists utilize the different elements of music to activate the brain and influence behavior.
In addition to the classes offered in-house, Foundation Music School provides outreach into our community through Wings, Early Childhood Music program in PSD, and the Teen Mom and Baby Program. Each week, Foundation Music School provides services to over 1,000 people in our community.