Mixed Ages Class
Music Together was the first early childhood music program to offer music classes for mixed ages. Child development researchers have known for a long time that the natural, family-style environment of mixed-age classes is the best way for young children to learn. In our experience, it works! Mixed Ages classes offer developmentally appropriate musical experiences for children from birth to age five. Mixed age groupings foster natural, family-style learning where the whole family can participate together. Older children love to show what they know, the younger ones love to watch and imitate, and adults model active, joyful music-making. The relaxed, no-pressure environment lets all kids (and adults!) learn at their own pace. Class activities include singing, moving, listening, observing, and exploring instruments. The wide variety of adult-child activities encourages fun interaction and offers new ways for families to play musically at home. Our nine song collections with songbooks, cds, and online resources provide years of exciting musical growth. Parents, grandparents, friends, and caregivers are always welcome to accompany the children. Classes meet for 45 minutes.
Big Kids Class
Music Together Big Kids® is a 60-minute class geared to the interests and abilities of 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds. The program blends the elements of Music Together® that parents and children love with new activities, skills, and challenges that are developmentally appropriate for this age group. Big Kids classes lay the foundation for Basic Music Literacy, complementing music instruction in school or instrument lessons, and leading to a lifetime of joyful music-making. The curriculum includes solfege, solos and ensembles, folk dances, harmony singing, vocal development, and drumming. In a safe, fun environment, your child can experiment with new activities like conducting and improvisation, story songs, and game songs. Parent attendance is welcome but not required. Each child receives a binder, Big Kids songbook, CD, solfege cards, and HomePlay pages. The entire family is encouraged to stay connected and continue the fun and learning at home through the weekly HomePlay activities. Classes meet for one hour.
Generations classes foster connections between seniors, parents and children through meaningful and joyful music-making. It’s like having an extra set of grandparents! Activities are much like our mixed-ages classes that engage children, caregivers, and “Grand Friends” in singing, dancing, movement and instrument play. The fun songs, liveliness and laughter brighten everybody’s day. Families with children infants to age 5 are invited to participate in these classes held at a senior living facility. Classes meet for 45 minutes.
Infants nine months and younger at the time of registration may enroll in this one-time introduction to Music Together classes. Activities and materials are specifically designed for parents to learn as much as possible about their infant’s musical development. Families will receive a baby-safe instrument, 2 music CDS, a songbook full of activities and ideas, Growth Chart, Parent DVD, and a special information booklet just for babies! Classes meet for 45 minutes. No older siblings, please.
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