Musical Families

Open to children (4 and under)
       and their families!

Each session is formatted to engage children (babies, toddlers, preschoolers) and adults in singing, playing instruments, and moving to music while sharing songs, activities, and rhymes for music-making experiences at home. No formal musical training is required of anyone attending the classes. The goal is for everyone to feel comfortable being musical in a welcoming and child-friendly environment.

Musical Families

*At least one parent/grandparent/caregiver must accompany each child during these sessions.

Designed by Dr. Rachel Whitcomb, this unique program offers interactive sessions of multi-generational music-making for young children (birth - age 4) and their parents, grandparents, and/or caregivers. This year, City Music Center is proud to partner with the Music Education department at the Mary Pappert School of Music to provide our aspiring teachers with instructional opportunities.

Meet your hosts for the 2019-20 season, Hailey Holcomb and Nina Day:

Hailey Holcomb and Nina Day

*Music Education students: Hailey Holcomb (left),and Nina Day(right)

Both Hailey and Nina are current music education majors at the Mary Pappert School of Music and are active collaborators with Musical Families founder Dr. Rachel Whitcomb.

2019-20 Season Schedule
(all sessions are held at the Mary Pappert School of Music)
PNC Recital Hall, 10:00am - 10:45am

Musical Families Dates of Operation:

November 9, 2019
December 14, 2019
January 25, 2020
February 22, 2020
March 21, 2020
April 18, 2020

Season Passes are available now for just $30!

The season pass covers all 6 sessions and saves 50% off the walk-in price. We also offer a "Pick-3" package (any 3 dates) for $20, otherwise the fee is $10 at the door. Season passes and pick-3 packages require registration and payment in advance.

Program pricing:

  • Season Pass: $30 for all 6 sessions (must register in advance)
  • Pick-3 sessions: $20 for any 3 sessions (must register in advance)
  • Walk-in: $10 at the door for each session


What if I miss a session that I've already registered and paid for?

For those that have purchased a pick-3 package, please email to arrange another date.  Sorry, no replacements or substitutions for the season pass.

About the founder Dr. Rachel Whitcomb

Rachel Whitcomb

Rachel Whitcomb is Associate Professor of Music Education at Duquesne University where she teaches undergraduate methods courses focusing on early childhood and elementary general music. She has extensive experience teaching music to children, ages 2 through 12, in both public and private schools in various states. At Duquesne, she has coordinated and taught multiple classes for children on campus for nearly a decade. In 2010, she created the Early Childhood Music Initiative, a program that provided music classes for underserved preschools throughout the Pittsburgh region. Her research has focused on the improvisational activities in preschool and elementary music classrooms. 

Dr. Rachel Whitcomb

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