You may have noticed in the last couple of weeks that there's an ad for Kindermusik over in the left sidebar. Kindermusik bought the ad through BlogAds without any discussion with me first, so I don't have any obligation to them other than to run the ad, but this is a great opportunity for me to promote them because I actually took a class with Alex a few years ago when he was a baby and liked it quite a bit.
There's a ton of research out there touting the benefits of music for young children. My favorite tidbit is that the music of Mozart - my favorite composer - is very mathematical, and there's a strong correlation between music and math.
If, like me, you believe music is good for a child's development, then you might want to take a Kindermusik class. It's been a while for me, but as I recall, the instructor was quite good about explaining the benefits of the various things we were doing. Keep in mind that this was a class for babies, so we were all holding our kids and moving their limbs for them, and fully participating. I'm sure the classes for older kids don't require that degree of parent involvement.
I would have liked to continue taking classes with Alex, or to take them with Tyler, but the location of the classes was about as bad as it could be - in a strip mall with zero parking. The stress of going simply wasn't worth it. But that's the sort of thing that's probably specific just to the classes we were attending, and most, if not all, of you won't have that problem.
Like most children's programs, Kindermusik offers a free trial class. You can click on the ad over to the left or on this link to learn more. (I seem to recall the cost being comparable to a Gymboree session, but as I said, it's been a while so don't hold me to it.)