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for ages 3-4



it's time pre-k got guitar lessons.

Ever want your pre-schooler to learn to play music by Taylor Swift, Morrissey, Adele, and other powerhouse musicians?

Yup. We care about teaching good music.

This 45-minute drop off class gets pre-schoolers playing simple melodies of songs they know + love.

Wanna know the best part?

You (the fabulous parent)
get to actually learn alongside them at home.

Here's one parent's rave review: 

My husband and I feel blown away what Stephanie, Melissa, and their team have achieved - these kids adore her, everything was organized to perfection, and the talent was just mind blowing / heart warming.

Our daughter is so happy and proud of herself. We had to hold back tears when she played her first song!

- Lauren, Brooklyn mom of 2 kids

Your child will use colored stickers on the guitar (or ukulele)
and start playing single-note melodies in short 10-minute lessons.

  • Learn 1-2 songs on an instrument every week
  • Write songs and discover how to be unconstrained in sharing what matters to you
  • Discover how to set clear goals - and actually keep them with a rehearsal schedule and at-home creativity times

  • Perform on the microphones in our professional rehearsal studio

  • Discover how to play and sing at the same time

  • Learn basic cognitive skills like distinguishing left hand from right hand

  • Begin learning how to read with colorful music sheets custom-made for pre-schoolers



10:15 - 11 A.M.
11:15 - 12 P.M.
12:15 - 1 P.M.

March 12-June 18
(no class 4/9, 4/16, 5/28)


3:45-4:30 P.M.

March 9-June 15
(no class 4/13, 4/20, 5/25)

Lead Teacher: Melissa Johnston

 Please note: participants of Pre-Schoolers Play Guitar will have their own small capstone performance at the last class. It will take place in our rehearsal studio.

This is a 12 week semester. Classes are a 45-minute drop off class.
We request that all children be potty-trained before joining our class.

All dates, times, and locations subject to change until February 15.

We're in the heart of Prospect Heights.


Classes meet weekly at
Complete Music Studios.  

Complete Music Studios
227 St Marks Ave
(between Vanderbilt and Underhill Aves) 
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Equipped with a relaxing waiting room and multiple restroom facilities, Complete Music Studios often has a place to park the scooters and strollers.

Enjoy one of the neighborhood's many cafes like Little Cupcake Bakeshop and Blue Marble, or grab homemade donuts across the street at R&D Foods. A scoop of ice cream is just next door at Ample Hills Creamery.


FREE (regular price $397)

Get our in-depth online course Pre-Schoolers Play Guitar
FREE with your tuition.

This online course follows our curriculum in class and gives you a step-by-step guide to creating a daily practice routine at home.

The tutorials and trainings are designed for YOU, the parent, to follow along and support your child practicing at home. How?

By learning alongside them in short, 10-minute lessons.

The online course includes:


+ Stephanie Carlin

Hi! I'm Stephanie Carlin, and I am so damn committed to creating a world where kids can express themselves without getting derailed by fear or self-doubt.

This program a gift for the right child. It's not for everyone - just for the right people.

Before I founded Free Spirits Music I taught at countless music schools. The staff was underpaid and overworked. The locations were often a beat up church or the basement of a school, with little to no aesthetic or equipment. Teachers did their best to squeak a couple chords out of the kids, but they had limited training on how to comfort, encourage, or nourish the profundities of their students' thoughts.

At Free Spirits Music, I've changed all that.

My classes are taught in high-performing studios built for rockstars. I create rock shows with packed crowds overflowing with excitement. Our prices are higher than other studios because we offer a heightened experience. I pride myself on paying our music educators a competitive wage - something that is severely lacking in today's industry.

I stand for every child being fully self-expressed in their artistic spirit. I created Free Spirits Music to give voice to exactly that.

I cannot wait to meet you.

+Mel Johnston

My name is Mel Johnston and I'm a musician, writer, and educator based. I am committed to cultivating a love of music with my students that they will always carry with them.

The first song I can remember performing onstage was Frank Sinatra's "All the Way" at the age of six. From an even earlier age, though, I always had a love for singing and experimenting with my voice. As I grew older, I immersed myself in classical voice and music theory, skills that I use each day as a teacher, even if at the time I preferred belting my face off over the sounds of the rock and jazz bands I played with through high school and college.

While a student at New York University, I ditched my studies in classical voice in favor of studying literature and poetry, but still found myself making music every single day, on and off-campus. Now, as a teacher and performer, I've unified my deep loves of music and storytelling in order to empower the people I teach.

+Sam Decker

My name is Sam Decker, and as a versatile multi-instrumentalist, I perform and teach keyboard, drums, composition, and woodwinds.

Originally from the Chicago area, I attended New England Conservatory in Boston, where I studied with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, Ken Radnofsky, John McNeil, Frank Carlberg, and Cecil McBee. I also studied contemporary classical composition and improvisation with Katarina Miljkovic. During my time at NEC, I was selected to perform with John Hollenbeck, Dave Holland, Jason Moran, Lee Konitz, and under Christian Wolff during residencies, and was featured on New England Conservatory’s Jazz 40th Anniversary CD.

I am a member of the band Green and Glass and I co lead the Decker/LoRe Quartet with Alex LoRe, which released its first EP in 2012. I'm also a part of the Logan Strohsal Group, and our first record Up Go We was recently released by Sunnyside Records.

I currently teach at the Woodside Music Studio in Park Ridge NJ and I am a Teaching Artist with Arts Connection. I am a proud member of the Free Spirits Music family.

WanNA try a FREE class?

Explore the studio, meet the teachers, and make your own guitar pick!

Saturday, February 11 @ 10:15AM
Monday, February 13 @ 4:00PM

Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is your return policy?

We will happily offer a full refund up to 3 weeks prior to the first day of class. After that, your tuition is a non-refundable investment. You may transfer it to another child at no additional cost. We trust you to make a wise and thoughtful decision.

+ Will you feed my child?

It depends. Healthy snacks are given to students in any classes longer than 45 minutes. Please make sure your child is well fed before class - it will keep away the grumpies.

+ This seems expensive. Why should we do this instead of something cheaper?

You should always do what's best for your financial budget! We offer a high-value, high-quality learning experience. Our breakthrough results are superior to many music programs in NYC. All that being said, payment plans are available!

+ We are going to miss a few classes. Can you pro-rate us?

Because keeping a small class size is important to us, we cannot offer pro-rated prices for missed classes. The tuition from every child is carefully calculated. We do, however, offer a makeup class towards the end of the semester!

+ What is the girl/boy ratio?

It varies every year. In the past, classes have been about 70% girls and 30% boys.

+ Where is class located?

Complete Music Studios, 227 St Marks Ave, between Vanderbilt and Underhill Avenues in Prospect Heights. Next to Ample Hills Creamery.

+ How much one-on-one time does my child get with the teachers?

There is no one-on-one component for ages 4-6. For ages 7+, each child gets a 10-20-minute private session with Stephanie to create his or her original song.

+ What should I do if I have a question that isn't listed here?

Email and we'll get you the answer!