Arts & Humanities


The Y's mission to promote programs that build a healthy mind, body and spirit: we're so much more than a gym!  In addition to frequent special workshops, the Y offers music, theater and art classes so that children's artistic potential is nurtured.  Theatre classes conclude with a performance so that family and friends can watch their thespian in action!

For more information about music, theater and arts classes at the Y, please contact Grace Lehman at or 734.661.8034.


Beginner Piano (ages 6-15)
In this series of private lessons students will learn the basics of reading music and how to play simple songs. For the first-time student music will be provided for the first lesson. For the remaining lessons students must have the required book purchased from a local store. Continuing students should check with the instructor about their music. It is necessary that students have a piano and practice at home to complete their assignments. If a student must be absent, please contact the instructor prior to the Saturday class. A parent must also be present during the class period. Because enrollment is limited the class is available to Y members only. For registration please contact the program coordinator at 734/661-8034.

Beginner Guitar (Ages 6-11) 
Join us and have the fun of learning to play the guitar. Local musician, popular instructor and guitarist David Swain will cover the basics of holding, strumming, string names and tuning, and teach us how to play a number of new and fun songs. Everyone needs to bring a guitar. In fairness to acoustic guitar players, amp power for electric guitars will be set by the instructor.

Crazy for Collage for School Age Children
This class offers children an opportunity to have fun, express themselves and experiment with a wide variety of media. Rita Malone will help your child create collages with an emphasis on self-expression and fun. Tuesdays 6:30-7:15. 

Fun with Theater (Ages 7-11) New Day! Monday, 4:30-5:25 p.m. (Ages 7-11)
Ann Arbor drama instructor Anne Rhoades teaches this introduction to the “fun”damentals of theater. Students develop their confidence and creative acting, speaking and movement skills in an enjoyable and supportive setting. Short scripts, theater games and improvisation will help class members understand how to tell a story on stage. The class provides many sessions of fun for those interested in the craft of acting and can offer experience for students wishing to participate in the Theater Performance class. 

Theater Performance (ages 8-14)  Class begins Thursday, January 22
Jaclyn returns to teach this fun and truly creative theater class in which scenes from a play are learned, rehearsed and performed. This session we will work on a scene from “Frozen”. If class members are interested we may also do some singing. All students will get a part in the play so attendance on the first day is very important. A presentation for family and friends will take place at the end of the session. Students should have some experience in the Fun with Theater class or some other theater experience.


Art 1. Young at Art (Ages 3-5 with Parent) - New!
Together children and parents will create, design, paint and draw – exploring several different types of creative expression. Classes will incorporate your child’s interest and imagination into every project. All materials will be provided.

Art 2. Mixed Media Art (ages 8-11) – New!This class will explore color mixing, abstract art, crayon resist paintings, collages and more! Experiment with different materials as we layer and combine various media into works of art. This class is a great opportunity to get your hands on a number of diverse materials – from paints to crayons to oil pastels and more. All materials will be provided. 

Art 10. Making Special Valentines
Let’s be creative! Valentines are special and this workshop offers new ideas and methods for making each valentine a personalized handmade gift from the heart. Learn new hand lettering techniques, work with pretty papers and use beautiful valentine-themed stamps to decorate your cards. All materials will be provided. Join us for a fun workshop and let your valentines express your personality. The class is suitable for adults and children 10 years of age and up. Saturday, January 31. 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. $12 Members, $17 Community Members.