My name is Ryan and I am the owner and head teacher of Manhattan Aardvarks.

Outdoor classes were a big hit last year, and I’m proud to announce they will be returning this Spring, with an 8-week semester beginning the week of April 12.

Our classes are currently held with each party sitting six feet apart. Masks are optional for seated parties, however if your child wishes to congregate with other children in the middle of our circle, they will be required to wear a mask.

By the time our classes begin I will be fully vaccinated, and all instruments are thoroughly cleaned after each class.

And as you can see from this photo, I will continue offering live-streamed classes every Tuesday at 10:30AM throughout the spring.

Manhattan Aardvarks offers outdoor music classes on the Upper East and Upper West Sides, featuring the music of David Weinstone’s critically-acclaimed Music for Aardvarks catalog.

With over 12 CDs of original music, Music for Aardvarks songs reflect the unique experience of growing up in the Big Apple. Chances are you’ve already heard one of our biggest hits – The Taxi Song.

My classes have recently been featured on The Today Show, NowThis!, ABC7 Eyewitness News, Southern Living and more.

Click here to see the outdoor class schedule.


Typically parents are able to book a free demo class, but because in-person classes will not begin until April 12, I am offering a free demo to our live-streamed classes. I know, I know – you’re probably a bit “Zoom fatigued” – but I encourage you to explore how our virtual classes are different!

“Ryan makes magic!” – Hoda Kotb

Nature’s Bounty has donated a million meals to Feeding America on behalf of Manhattan Aardvarks!

See my interview with NowThis! on the transition from in-person to virtual classes.