What are these classes?
All our classes are research-based, developmentally appropriate music and movement programs. We offer the following classes most semesters:
What kinds of things will we do in class?
In class we sing, dance, chant and play along with instruments to a variety of musical styles, melodies and rhythms. You and your child will also participate and experience creative movement, improvisation, finger play and lap songs. Above all else, we have fun while creating a rich and lively musical community.
Is my child too young for music class?
All children are musical. The same way that a child has the innate ability to speak and understand his native language, he also has the ability to do the same with the language of music. Do you wait to talk to your child until you are sure that he can answer you back? He talks when he is ready, because he has been immersed in a language from birth. He walks when he is ready because he has felt your movement while in your arms. Giving a child this same kind of immersion in musical experiences will provide him opportunities to not only learn to sing in tune and keep a steady beat, but to develop his own special way of expressing music through movement.
Do infants really benefit?
Yes! Infant participation will seem passive at first, as they actively absorb what they are seeing, hearing, and feeling. By viewing your parent guide and through parent education in class, parents will learn to recognize their infant's musical responses and observe them reaching musical milestones. As their bodies and nervous systems mature, the infants often show progressively more complex musical responses and evidence of song recognition. Parents will learn in class how to enhance their child's music development and to create or enhance the musical bond with their child. For more info, see this page specifically about babies.
May I bring my three-year-old as well as my 10-month-old to the same class?
Not only may you, but we encourage it! Research shows that preschoolers learn best in a mixed-age environment. The little ones learn by watching and imitating the older children. The older children love being the "big sibs" and showing the little ones how it is done. This family-style learning environment facilitates participation and involvement in the music for every child, at whatever developmental stage they may be.
Why aren't there separate classes for different age groups?
In the 1980s, Music Together pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other; this approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, and family relationships, as well as our 20 years experience in the field.
What is my role in the class and why is it important for me to be there?
Because you are your child's most important role model, she will learn best by watching you and listening to you. Therefore, your participation as a music-maker is vital to your child's developing love of music.
I am tone deaf! Won't I ruin my child musically if I sing to him?
No! We promise that you will not hurt your child's musical prowess by singing to him, even if you are not always in tune. He will hear plenty of "in tune" music through other mediums, but your voice and your presence are most precious to him. What you (and/or other primary caregivers) do, he wants to do too. Although we, as teachers, are able to help your child learn skills, your child must gain the positive disposition toward active music making from you.
My child just sits there in class (or my child just wanders around in class). Is my child bored?
There are many different learning styles. Some children may be visual learners who need to watch before they experiment on their own. Others are aural learners who are listening, even when they are across the room. Kinesthetic learners need to move! Tell a kinaesthetic learner that he can't move and you are actually hurting his learning process. Therefore, a child's learning in class happens in a multi-layered way - through active participation, watching others move, experimenting with instruments and even by just being there and listening to you sing. Instead of waiting for your child to do something in class, let yourself go and do it yourself. Then, watch and listen to her at home, and you will see and hear how much she is learning and absorbing in class.
What happens after we complete a semester?
There are nine Music Together song collections and a growing number of Canta y Baila song collections. A different song collection is used each semester, so when you register for your next semester, you can look forward to new songs and chants, taught with the same kinds of activities. Because your child will be at a different place developmentally, an activity will be exciting to him whether it is because of its familiarity or because he can grasp it in a new way.
What if we didn't start in the fall? Has my child missed something?
Because the semesters are non-sequential and the activities are designed to be accessible to a child at his own developmental stage, a child can enter the program at the beginning of any semester and at any age.
What if we miss a class?
Schedule a makeup online, even before you miss any classes. In the last week of the semester, makeup spots can be harder to find, and earned makeups do not carry to the next semester. By scheduling ahead you may find that you never end up missing any classes at all, and if that happens, your bonus visit was a gift from us. These are great opportunities to make sure that a parenting partner, friend, grandparent, aunt, or alternate babysitter gets familiar with your child's music too.
How do I sign up?