All Ages Welcome
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.
Big Kids - Ages 5 - 7
Music Together Big Kids® is a 60-minute class geared to the interests and abilities of 5, 6, and 7-year-olds. Like our mixed-age classes, the class is firmly rooted in playful enjoyment of music, but adds new more structured activities, skills, and challenges that are developmentally appropriate for this age group.
Big Kids classes are designed to be a developmentally-appropriate bridge between our mixed-age classes and formal instrumental instruction, leading to a lifetime of joyful music-making. Using his or her "first instrument" -- his or her voice and body -- your child will start developing the connection between the music they experience and more abstract musical concepts, leading to Basic Music Literacy. The curriculum includes solfège, solos and ensembles, folk dances, harmony singing, vocal development, and drumming. In a safe, fun, playful environment, your child can experiment with new activities like conducting and improvisation, story songs, and game songs.
Parent attendance is welcome but not required. If you do drop off your child, we ask that you return for the last 10 minutes of class. Each family receives a Big Kids songbook, CD, solfège cards, and HomePlay activities, so that the entire family can continue the fun and learning at home and parents can stay connected with what the child is learning in class.