Family Music Classes

Family Music Classes

Our 2024 Fall Classes will begin in September. 

No summer classes will be held. 

REGISTRATION (all classes)

Please call the church office (610-375-7163) or email Carla ( to register for a class! 

Our homeschool classes include recorder, orff, drumming, learning to read music,
notation and creative movement activities. 

Suggested Class Fees - ALL CLASSES
 (fall/winter/spring semesters): 

Given the current economic challenges, we are continuing the suggested semester fee of $25.00 per family instead of a per child suggested fee. If the suggested family fee does not work for your family, that is not a problem. We understand that the pandemic and economic climate has affected families in many different ways. 

All of the fees are used towards the cost of instruments, materials, curriculum and
instructor continuing education for the classes. 
There are no instructor fees. 

Additional fee for home school classes for cost of recorders. 

Class fees/donations can be brought to a music class or sent to:
 (please make checks payable to "Bethany Lutheran")

Bethany Lutheran 
attn.: Music Classes
336 Franklin St. 
West Reading, PA. 19611

Please call the church office (610-375-7163) or email Carla (  to be added to our waiting list for classes that are currently filled. 


Parking is all on street. Bethany does not have a parking lot.
West Reading has street cleaning parking restrictions for each street April - December,
signs are posted on each street.
For permit only parking areas, the signs indicate that parking is allowed up to 2 hours without a permit. 
About our Family Music Classes!

Our Orff approach program provides a creative environment for making music through the exploration of singing, playing instruments, listening, movement and imaginative play. Parents or a caregiver and children participate together in the classes.

We sing, dance, move and use a wonderful variety of instruments in the classes. Sometimes we put books to music, sometimes we include finger plays and sometimes our puppet friends help us sing. 

About our Instructor!

Our music instructor is Carla Seidel. Carla founded this outreach program in 2002 to help bring the joy of music to all children. Carla has a passion for music and loves working with children.
Carla has received certification through Music Rhapsody, the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Musikgarten, Kutztown University Academy for Church Organ Studies and the American Guild of Organists. Carla has also studied at Alvernia University and Columbia University; and also with Kids' Music Round, Come Children Sing Institute and World Music Drumming.
Carla has more than 30 years experience as a Church Musician directing various choirs for children, teens, adults, handbells and instrumentalists. 
Carla currently serves two congregations as a Church Musician. 


In the event of inclement weather, any class cancellation will be listed on and channel 69 under "Bethany Lutheran - West Reading Family Music Classes".

Household Items/Make Your Own At-Home Musical Instruments
and Movement Ideas! 

These are just some creative with finding SAFE items in your kitchen and around the house. 

Only use items that are SAFE for children and NO Choking Hazards.

Materials to make rain sticks and ocean drums: 
- empty paper towel or TP holders (or other tubes you may have) at least 1 for each child, some children might want to tape tubes together for a longer rain stick
- tape (preferably masking tape, packing tape, duct tape - colored tape would be fun) 
- paper plates (2 for each child) - sturdier plates (preferably plastic coated or cut resistant plates for a better sound and durability); 8.5 inches is a good size for smaller hands but whatever size you have on hand will work 
- foil 
- dried beans, rice, small/tiny seeds, beads - anything similar you have on hand that could be used to put inside the ocean drum and rain stick
- markers or crayons; stickers
- stapler (for mom or dad to use) 

Rain Stick: tape one end of paper towel holder closed; make small balls with foil and place in tube, not quite to the top; then add dried beans, etc. Tape other end of tube closed. Make sure ends are securely sealed so nothing falls out. Decorate the outside of the tube. 

Ocean Drum: using paper plates, right side up, add dried beans, etc. 1/4 - 1/2 full; place other plate on top, staple around the edges then securely tape around the entire edge so nothing falls out. Decorate the outside of the plates. 

Fill a sturdy small container that small hands can hold and not break and that can not be placed in their mouth; with dried beans, rice, pasta; could also use beads. Seal the container tightly and securely so nothing falls out of the container. 

Place a small box of dried pasta in a storage bag that can be tightly sealed (so pasta does not fall out).

Rhythm Sticks
Wooden spoons; spatulas. 

Make your own by cutting 3/4" wooden dowels into 6" sections then sanding the ends until completely smooth.

Plastic bowls, pots and pans, boxes, buckets.
Drum sticks: pool noodles cut into 10" sections make fun quiet drum sticks. 

Metal Sounds
Tapping spoons together, tapping metal pots and pans/lids with a wooden spoon or spatula. 

Scraping Sounds
Cooling rack and a spoon, whisk or spatula.

Sand Blocks
Cut pool noodles into 5" or 6" sections then cut each section in half lengthwise, rub together. 

Any kind of silk type scarf that will move easily.

Laundry Boats
Laundry baskets! 

At-Home Parachute
Old bed sheet or large scarf.

(Email for video instructions to make ocean drums, rain sticks and ideas for household item instruments OR for suggestions to purchase instruments to use at home)

Ladybug song!