Music & performing arts
KL & Surrounds
Absolute Music Performing Arts Centre (AMPAC)
D-1-23 & D-2-23, Block D, Jalan PJU 1A/20B, Dataran Ara Damansara, PJ (03 7842 2420/www.ampac.com.my). On offer at AMPAC is a comprehensive range of music classes which include keyboard, piano, violin and cello, available as either individual or group options. There’s also the music playground, for children up to 12 years, as well as the rock school (electric guitar/ bass/drums) for future rock stars. They also offer voice classes for aspiring Celines and Eltons. Mon-Fri, 2-10pm; Sat, 9am-5pm.
Aurora School of Dance
Various locations in PJ (www. auroradanceschool.com). The Aurora School of Dance fosters excellence in students by providing a rigorous, diverse and nurturing environment. Dubbed Malaysia’s premier dance school, students receive professional classical ballet training, which is the foundation of all dance and performance opportunities. Ballet classes start off with Dancing Tots, for those three to four years of age. Those four and above can join the Kinder Ballet and Modern classes before entering the Primary level classes. Seasoned dancers can then progress to Advanced Ballet classes. Alternatively, kids can join the studio’s performing arts classes which encompass vocal training, piano and musical theatre.
Bentley Music Academy
Wisma Bentley Music 3, Jalan PJU 7/2 Mutiara Damansara, PJ (03 7727 3333/ www.bma.com.my). Enrol your mini Mick Jagger in Rock School. The centre is the authorised music centre in the country for the Rock School Music Examinations, validated by London’s Trinity Guildhall. Alternatively, let them take up one of the wide range of musical courses teaching everything from classical guitar and cello to singing and saxophone. There are also classes tailored to parents and their toddlers ranging from newborns to primary schoolers. The music academy offers group and individual classes. Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm; Sat, 9am-8pm; Sun, 11am-7pm.
NEW Dance Pot
26-2, Plaza Crystalville, Jalan Danau Niaga 1, off Jalan Genting Kelang, Setapak (012 380 0299/www.dancepot.my). DancePot offers various styles of dance that can specially cater to all ages. Classes begin for kids as young as three years old, which is a good time to get your kids started with dance. What’s nice is that they tailor two classes that run at the same time so that parents can participate while waiting for their children. Besides, this place is also one for K-poppers and Zumba enthusiasts. Give them a call to book a class.
NEW Enfiniti Academy
28-1 Jalan PJU5/20D, Pusat Perdagangan Kota Damansara, PJ (03 6142 8115/www. enfinitiacademy.wordpress.com). Among others, Enfiniti offers singing, dancing, musical theatre and scriptwriting classes for kids and adults. Check out their Act Up! Speech and Drama class for kids aged 7-11 years old where your child can boost self-confidence and discover teamwork and communication. Anyone can be a star at Enfiniti. (Class time) Daily, 9am-10pm; (Office hours) Daily, 9am-6pm.
Junior Jazzercise (Kota Kemuning)
Kota Kemuning, Selangor (019 387 3193/www.facebook.com/ JuniorJazzerciseKotaKemuning). There are hour-long classes for those between
the ages of six to 11 years old and 12 to 18 years old. This unique approach combines both easy dance moves and exercise routines for kids to learn about health and fitness in a fun way. Students will also have a chance to showcase what they have learnt from their classes in performances for their communities.
Karen Barnes School of Dance
14 Lorong Timor, Section 9, PJ (019 3455800). If your child is interested in a career in dance, consider sending him or her to the Karen Barnes School of Dance, which prides itself on developing each student to their full potential. The school provides in-depth as well as modern training in ballet, modern stage and tap for children from pre-school to professional levels. Its excellent facilities, which include a dance and a drama studio, are housed in a lovely bungalow. Give them a call to book a class.
Various locations in KL (www. kindermusikatsim.com.my). With over 30 years of experience in early childhood development, Kindermusik is the world’s most respected name in musical learning. All classes or workshops held are conducted to stimulate brain development and motor skills in a fun, relatable way. For a taste of what Kindermusik has to offer, sign up for a free trial class.
Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (formerly Jalan Ipoh), KL (03 4047 9000/www.klpac.org). KLPac runs a unique programme – the only one in the country – for teenagers and young adults. Theatre For Young People (T4YP) is aimed at providing a platform for young people between the ages of 16 and 25 to express themselves by creating meaningful theatre. Also on offer is a children’s theatre programme which lasts three semesters. Each semester has ten sessions and the programme is split into two age groups – three to six years and seven to 15 years. Theatre-based activities and games help children develop their abilities to interact and encourage selfexpression as well as a sense of discovery. During the school holidays, there are also programmes spanning one to two weeks for those who’d like a lower level of commitment.
(Box office) Daily, 10.30am-6.30pm.
Musikhaus Enrichment Centre
Block B-15-1, Sunway Giza Shopping Mall, No2, Jalan PJU 5/12, PJU 5, Kota Damansara (03 6148 1886 /013 300 8655/ www.musikhaus.com.my). With the tagline, ‘Brain stimulation through music’, Musikhaus offers music-filled classes for mini musical Einsteins. Musikhaus Babies, catered to newborn to 18 month olds, provides melody-filled parent-child bonding sessions while Musikhaus Bubbles teaches tots to be independent through imitation. There is a musical playschool for children aged between two and four years old. Instrument classes cater for ages four and up.
Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm; Sat-Sun, 9.30am-3pm.
PJ Live Arts Centre
2A-3 Block K, Jaya One, 72A Jalan University, PJ (03 7960 0439/www. pjlivearts.my). Alongside making people laugh and cry with their excellent roster of productions, PJ Live Arts is a non-profit organisation that reaches out to the community and uses the arts to raise funds for charity. PJ Live Arts encourages community involvement in the theatre and nurtures young artists. Let your child learn or thing or two about arts through their shows.
(Box office) Mon-Fri, 12noon-7pm.
NEW Jammin’ Senzation
4M Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jelutong (04 659 5122/www.jamminsenzation.com). In addition to other regular music classes, this school runs a course that integrates singing, aural training and rhythm with movement. They also provide vocal, dance, speech and drama training.
Tue-Fri, 10am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-7pm.
3H-3A-1, Quay One, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong (04 899 1722/04 8991 2722/www.penangpac.org). A joint venture between The Actors Studio and Eastern & Oriental Berhad, penangpac is a non-profit organisation with an aim to share the love of the arts with the public. Here, classes are open for both children and adults ranging from cultural dances like Zapin to contemporary pop and lock moves akin to Quest Crew.
Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm.
Alto Music Centre
55a Jalan Laluan Pinji Seni 4, Taman Pinji, Ipoh (05 255 0564). Get your little ones started on the right track with Alto’s Little Fingers, Guildhall electronic keyboards as well as digital piano and classical piano courses.
Helen O’ Grady Children’s Drama Academy
Various locations nationwide (www. helenogrady.com.my). Drama is used as a developmental platform whereby speech-work, coordination, improvisation activities and exercises are focused on. Here at the world’s most popular children’s drama programme, kids will learn skills that will help boost confidence, self esteem and social abilities in a safe, healthy environment. Classes are for those aged five to 17 years old and are divided by age groups; lower primary, upper primary and youth theatre. At the end of each year, these young actors and actresses will present a short, scripted production for Mum and Dad to watch and applaud. The academy also offers holiday programmes to occupy kids’ school breaks.
Various locations nationwide (www. musikgarten.biz). Musikgarten emphasises the philosophy of understanding how music and movement can foster a child’s music skills. Here, classes can cater to kids as young as newborns and carry on till they are eight years old, when they finish off by learning the keyboard. Parents can join in for the baby classes, which makes the experience a lot more enjoyable for the child. Check out their website to see where you can find classes near you.