Every child’s music development benefits from early exposure to music and movement. Because the early months are so important, Music Together®® offers two options for babies. Infants may attend a mixed-age class, whether registered on their own or attending free with an older sibling. They may also attend the special “Babies Class” offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together.
In our Babies Class the music activities and materials are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in infants, and meet other parents of newborns and learn fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby. Babies are naturally musical- and you don't have to be a great singer or dancer youself to nuture their love of music.
This class is recommended for non-mobile infants, generally birth through about 8 months of age.
Currently our classes are held online via Zoom. During our online classes we do NOT face babies towards the screen, this is not "screentime" for your infant. We will ask you to place your baby facing away from the screen, and have the adult face the screen so you can follow along with the instructor. In this way we can help support you, while you are interacting musically with your baby.
Each week in Music Together Mixed-Age Classes, babies toddlers, preschoolers, and their loving grownups, gather for 45 minutes of fun-filled family music time. Your teacher will lead you and the other families in music activities ranging from lullabies to full-on jam sessions (with child-friendly instruments, of course). It's so much fun you won't realize how much learning is taking place!
Why Mixed Ages?
Child development researchers discovered that grouping children of different ages in one class encourages natural, family-style learning, so Music Together developed the Mixed-Age music class. Everyone participates at their own levels: babies vocalize, listen and observe; toddlers play, move, and experiment; preschoolers build confidence as they emerge as classroom leaders. And grownups are happy because everyone can come to one class together!
Rhythm Kids is for children 4-6 years old who are ready to lead musical activities with their peers. Children dig deeper and gain a richer understanding of how music works.
Each week we drum, sing, dance, play rhythm instruments, and play music-based games that reinforce, in a fun, playful manner, the rhythm patterns that we learn in class. Rhythm Kids guides children toward developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, where they can begin to take charge, lead others, and be musically creative, as they:
- make up their own drumming patterns
- invent new ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, sticks, etc.)
- create movement ideas for songs
- practice soloing, ensemble play, and conducting!
Rhythm Kids carries on the Music Together vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age eight. Classes include:
- weekly 45 minute classes (Currently Summer ONLINE: 6 weekly, 30-minute Zoom classes)
- Songbook, CDs, and download codes
- Access to online drum-play videos and other material
- Explore the world of rhythm through movement, instrument play along, and song
- develop basic rhythm skills, like keeping a variety of levels of beat
- learn to create, improvise, cooperate, and express themselves musically
Rhythm Kids is a drop-off optional class. Parents are welcome to stay and participate or children may attend on their own, if they're ready.
Tuition for all Music Together classes includes family materials to use at home (e.g., recordings of our award-winning music, illustrated songbook, parent education resources).