Frequently Asked Questions

In-Person FAQ

Is my child the right age? Classes are appropriate for kids aged six months to four years. (Older siblings love it too!)

How much is tuition? Tuition is currently $325 for an 8-week session. Early registration specials and other promotions often lower tuition to as low as $275, bringing the price per class to roughly $34. Drop-ins are $50.

Who teaches my class? That would be me, Mr. Ryan. But you can just call me Ryan.

What's your COVID policy? Families are permitted to site as close or far away as they are comfortable. Masks are not required for children. All instruments are disinfected after each class, and I am fully-vaccinated.

Can I drop-in? You are free to drop-in via our scheduler. It's much cheaper to register for the entire session, however. If you anticipate missing more than two weeks of class, I will create a custom registration package for you if you.

What if it rains? In the event of inclement weather, class will be cancelled. Everyone enrolled in the class is free to book a make-up. If you are signed up for the entire session and we have 2 or more rain cancellations, we will extend an extra week.

Do you have any discounts? Siblings are half-price and siblings under six months are free.

I'm signing up late - do you prorate? Yes! The system will automatically prorate the cost at checkout.

Do you offer private classes or birthday parties? Yes, please email me to discuss availability.

Can I bring a friend? Sure, just send them the drop-in link and have them sign up.

What's up with the Aardvark? Manhattan Aardvarks features the music of David Weinstone’s critically-acclaimed Music for Aardvarks catalog. With over 12 CDs of original music, chances are you’ve already heard one of our biggest hits – The Taxi Song.

Livestream FAQ

How do I access the class? First, you'll need to register. Once you do that, you can access the class by clicking on the Parent Portal.

Do I need any materials? We'll be using some shakers, rhythm sticks, scarves and drums. Amazon has the "official" instruments, but things you have around the house can work just as well.

How do we interact with you? There is chat underneath the livestream, but if you go fullscreen it won't be visible. You can access the chat from a different device (phone, tablet, laptop) by visiting

About Ryan

Ryan Christopher is a self-taught musician from Silver Spring, MD. After moving to New York to study acting, his focus shifted towards singing and songwriting. After working as a bartender for several years, he was offered the opportunity to teach "this really fun kid's class" by a friend. Finding the work fulfilling and uplifting, he worked over the next few years to make it a full-time job. In 2018, he founded Manhattan Aardvarks.

Ryan lives in Brooklyn and continues to pursue his artistic career under his full name.

About Music for Aardvarks

Music for Aardvarks is distinct from other children’s music programs in that all classes are based around David Weinstone’s original songs, rhythms, and chants.

Created in 1997, Aardvarks classes quickly grew popularity leading Weinstone to begin licensing his original songs and teaching methods.

Ryan Christopher began as a teacher for Sivan Vigder's highly popular Music for Manhattan classes in 2015, and later founded Manhattan Aardvarks in 2018 when Sivan decided to pursue other opportunities.

Manhattan Aardvarks offers in-person music classes to the Upper West and Upper East sides of Manhattan as well as live-streamed classes worldwide.

Manhattan Aardvarks is geared towards children aged six months to four years and incorporates a wide variety of musical activities including singing, dancing, musical story telling, instrumental jam sessions and musical puppet play.

With influences of rock, blues, ballads, folk, jazz and pop, Manhattan Aardvarks classes uniquely reflect and celebrate the lives of children growing up in an urban environment, as well as more traditional themes universal to all children.

The music is innovative, intelligent, and irresistibly appealing to both kids and their parents. But don’t just take our word for it – hear it for yourself!

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