2009 CAMP OF THE CREATIVE ARTS (CCA)
The Music Train is founding member and current co-director. CCA is a summer program, providing high quality, meaningful, creative experiences for children, 3-7 , in the areas of Visual Art, Dance, Music, Spanish and Yoga.
2011 PRESCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Using the same enriching curriculum from the Family Music Classes the MT began to bring music education to pre-schools around Denver. We were touted by many schools as the highest quality music program available for pre-schools
2011 MUSIC AT JEFFERSON PARK
Founded and spearheaded. Working in conjunction with the Jefferson Park United Neighbors group this outdoor summer concert series has been a community gathering spot for 5 years strong. It is sponsored by the Broncos and other great local businesses. The Music Train was given a good neighbor award for starting this series
2010 LULLABIES CD
The Music Train released The Lullabies CD; an acoustic collection of old gems and new favorites dedicated to Anya Jane's (the owner and director) kids, Joli and Sean. Featuring Art work by Eduardo Starch, one of the Andes Survivors. In 2012 it was named, "The Best Lullaby CD Ever" by the Mom Edit.
2005 FAMILY MUSIC CLASSES
The first car hit the track when we began offering family music classes for infant through 4 year olds and their adult caregivers. Created and developed by The Music Train, the classes explored the fundamentals of music through a rich curriculum of song, movement, dance and play,
Whether it was Irish step dancing or practicing scales as a kitty cat, we created a vibrant community of music participants and lovers!
2007 THE FAMILY CONCERT SERIES (FCS)
The second car hit the track when the FCS was born. Created as an adjunct to the classes, these shows are for all ages to enjoy great live local music together! We call it a "night out" for the whole family. Now in our 9th successful seasons, The MT FCS is one the of best family events in Colorado.
About Us, Our History
Since 2005, The Music Train has brought music to life for kids and families through concerts, classes, lessons, special events, consultation and referral services. What started as a small class in a church basement has turned into a full time organization that provides numerous opportunities for people to connect to themselves, others and the community through meaningful musical experiences. Serving thousands of families a year, The Music Train continues to create musical legacies at every turn and new families join our family every day!
Hi, i'm Anya Jane Thomson, owner and director of The Music Train!
For 20 years I have taught, performed and produced music for a variety of ages, styles, events, settings and schools. I remember the day, in my twenties, that I claimed I was a musician; doors began to fly open and I walked through every one! I feel so lucky to be doing what I love with people I adore. It was in my blood as My father, grandfather and many unless and aunts have lived their lives through music. I am currently performing in a working band that plays all over the state and am the owner and director of The Music Train.
I am from Minneapolis, MN and currently live in Denver, Colorado with my two kids 14 and 12.
2015 The Music Train Introduced the kid/teen/family showcase. Open mic's for youngsters and their families to share their musical talents. All ages and levels are welcome to participate. Recently we featured Wilson Sperry, 8, on violin and Amber Kiley, 13, singer/songwriter on piano and vocals
2008 FAMILY HAPPY HOUR
A smaller scale of The Music Train Family Concert Series. Held outdoors on the patio of local cafes, bars and restaurants. Grown ups come to relax, have a glass of wine and a bite to eat while their kids dance, sings and jam with rhythm instruments to acoustic versions of well loved songs!