music class for children of all learning styles.

Groove Garden

An Inclusive and Expectation-free way for children to learn and share music in a collaborative environment. 


Next Class Thursday, April 27th @ 3pm 


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Welcome to Groove Garden. An inclusive way to learn music.

Looking for an inclusive and supportive way to introduce young children to music? Check out “Groove Garden”, a new class designed specially for children who aren’t quite ready for private music lessons.

Groove Garden is an inclusive, hour long musical exploration that allows students of all learning styles to discover the sounds, sights, and sensations of the music that moves them.

This class will take students through the basics of music such as rhythm, melody, and instrument types, and will introduce ideas of musicking as a group and individually. This class welcomes all students regardless of music experience and will culminate in a group performance at the end of the six weeks.

*Musicking – Any activity involving or related to music performance, such as performing, listening, sharing, rehearsing, or composing.



Groove Garden

Thursday,  April 27th @ 3pmm (60 minutes)



Meet your Teachers


Grace Thompson is a 2021 college graduate of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Prior to receiving her bachelor’s in Ethnomusicology at KSU, Grace attended a conservatory Opera Performance program at the State University of New York at Purchase. Being in a conservatory taught Grace that music education does not need to be rigid, stuffy or uptight but rather engaging, exploratory and most importantly, fun!

Grace has experience teaching a variety of students aged 3 up to 65. With two brothers on the autism spectrum, Grace is extremely passionate about the inclusion of differently abled students in the music classroom and hosts the podcast “Music and Neurodiversity in the Classroom” to deliver experiences and theory on inclusion in music education.

Grace is a born performer and has been singing since she was old enough to talk. Major accomplishments include being the first of two high schoolers admitted to sing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, singing in the 2017 Serenade! centennial celebration at the Kennedy Center, as well as singing with the Boston Pops at the Tanglewood Institute. Grace is excited to join the Eastside team and to explore her new hometown of Austin with her husband and dog, David Bowie.


Jillian moved to Austin to continue her pursuits as a vocalist and music educator. She received her Master’s of Music from Texas State University in Vocal Performance and received her Bachelor’s degree in Music at East Texas Baptist University; performing a variety of genres such as opera, art song, jazz, musical theatre, pop, and worship music. 
As an educator, Jillian’s goal is to guide vocalists to reach their highest potential while sustaining healthy singing practices. Her joy comes from see her students grow and succeed in their voice lessons. She is ecstatic to be a part of Eastside Music School to help students reach their highest goals in music!

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