Music Together Big Kids®
Your 5-, 6-, or 7-year-old is developing quickly and exploring new activities, mastering new skills, and gaining independence. As a parent, you may be making choices about extracurricular activities that complement their new school experiences and support their growth—in music and
in life. The Music Together Big Kids program helps your child take the next
step in music development by blending the elements of Music Together that parents
and children love with new activities, skills, and challenges that are developmentally
appropriate for 5- through 7-year-old children.
As you may know, Music Together mixed-age classes support
the development of tonal and rhythm
competency, family music making and the disposition to be life-long music
makers for infants through
4-year-old children. Big Kids classes focus on Basic Music Literacy, laying the
foundation for formal music instruction in school or in private instrument
lessons, as well as a lifetime of joyful music making.
At Music Together, we recognize your older child's new
capabilities and provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum that includes
solfege, instrumental solos and ensembles, choreography, harmony singing, vocal
development, and keyboard and drumming skills. The Big Kids classroom is a
safe, familiar, fun environment where your child can experiment with new
musical activities like conducting and improvisation, story songs, "silly
operas," and game songs.
Parent participation is the hallmark of the Music
Together program, but many children of this age are ready for more independence
in the classroom, so parent attendance in each Big Kids class is welcome but
not required. You and your child will receive a songbook, CD, and HomePlay
activities so that the entire family can continue the fun and learning at home
and you can stay connected with what your child is learning in class.
Music Together Big
- Classes are 60 minutes long and meet weekly for twelve weeks.
- During class, children learn musical skills and
appreciation through a special Music Together curriculum developed just for 5-,
6-, and 7-year-olds. Every family enrolled in class receives a Music Together
Big Kids edition songbook with activities specially created for 5–7-year-olds, double
CD, weekly HomePlay activity pages, and a set of Tonal Solfège Pattern Cards.
- Younger children are not developmentally ready for the
structure of a Big Kids class. To be eligible, your child must have turned 5 by the first day of class.
- While this can be a "drop-off" class, you (or
another caregiver) should plan to attend the first and last class of the
semester. You may attend any and all classes if you wish. However, due to the
structure of the Big Kids class, we cannot accommodate younger siblings (except
for babies younger than eight months). You and any younger siblings are welcome
and encouraged to join the last 10 minutes of every class.