Birth - 4 Years
Almost all of our classes are mixed-age groups, including children as young as a few months and as old as four or five years old. Educators have long considered mixed-age groupings to be beneficial, and the Music Together® program is designed with this in mind. Activities focus on adult/child interaction, so children of different ages (siblings, for example) enjoy classes together in a family-like atmosphere.
Young children naturally learn language by interacting informally in mixed-age settings - and it is the same process for music. As in a large family, children of different ages learn musical, social, communication, and other skills from each other as well as from the adults — while their individual development is stimulated in age-appropriate ways.
The Music Together "mixed-age" curriculum and philosophy is educationally appropriate and musically challenging for children up through kindergarten age. While many children in our program are younger than that, if your child is pre-school age, please know that “older” kids thrive in our mixed-age classes, where they will continue to be challenged musically, while enjoy a leadership role, and the educational benefits that come from increased confidence and sense of mastery. They’ll also have opportunities for special interactions with the teacher, as they start making greater use of their growing musical, verbal, movement, imaginative, and social skills.
It can be beneficial, if possible, to have a small group of "older" children enrolled together in a mixed-age class, so look for specially-marked classes on the schedule, if you wish.
But mostly, pick the time that works best for your family's schedule, and don't worry too much about the labels.
Infants - 0 - 8 months
They may be pre-verbal, and pre-mobile, but they're not pre-Musical! A specially designed one-semester introduction to music for our youngest music-makers. Musical activities such as finger play, lap songs, peek-a-boo songs, gentle dancing and songs without words are emphasized. The pace is a little slower and quieter than our mixed-age classes, so there's great opportunities to notice and encourage the babies' musical responses.
You'll learn dozens of new songs and chants to sing to your baby all day long. And you'll hear a lot of great tips about how to encourage their musical and language development, and ways to have sound-and-movement conversations with them.
A great way to have fun with your new baby, learn how they learn, and meet other new parents.
Infants are also welcome in our mixed-age classes, if your schedule doesn't work for this class, or you'd prefer a more energetic class environment.
If your baby is already or nearly crawling, it's time for them to join one of our many mixed-age classes.
Demonstration Class - All Ages Welcome
Demonstration classes are held before each session so families new to Music Together can experience a class before enrolling. What is Music Together? What are classes like?
Rhythm Kids - Ages 4 - 6
The next musical step for your preschool child and an introduction to instrument instruction. Using Djembes to teach drum technique and rhythm patterns from around the world, we’ll drum, sing, use other rhythm instruments, and play music-based games. Kids this age can begin to take charge, lead others, and be musically creative. We’ll be using a multicultural curriculum, using our new “Animal” song collections. More information here.