This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth to age five through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience.
Every child’s development benefits from early exposure to music and movement. Because the early months are so important, Music Together offers two options for babies. Babies eight months and younger at the time of registration may attend a Mixed Ages Class, whether registered on their own or attending free with an older brother or sister. Babies may also take the special “Babies Class” offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together. (This class cannot be repeated.) The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in babies. Meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby.
Music Together Big Kids® Classes
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 solfège, 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 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.
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Music Together® Guitar Class for Grownups
Music Together Guitar for Grownups was designed for parents and caregivers of children currently enrolled in a Music Together class. In this 60-minute class, you’ll learn basic guitar technique and selected songs from the current song collection so that you can make even MORE beautiful music at home. This class is good for beginners who have never held a guitar—good for people who know a little guitar, and great for people who already play some Music Together songs!
Sing, dance and build technique and musicianship in an organic, relaxed way while learning new ways to explore Music Together songs with their child at home and on the road. And, it’s an enjoyable night out with other parents of small children. Classes run for 8 weeks. Participants receive a workbook and bring their own guitar, capo, and tuner. If you would like to learn to play guitar using Music Together songs as the vehicle, this is the class for you!
Music Together® Preschool also offers classes designed for preschool settings:
Weekly Music Together Preschool classes are 30- to 45-minutes long and include an artistically conceived flow of songs, nursery rhymes, instrumental jam sessions, fingerplays, and movement activities. The combination and types of activities are research-based and support children’s developing competence in tonality and rhythm. In addition, activities evolve from the child’s world and include vocal play, animal sounds, rhythm play, language play, and a good bit of genuine, silly fun. Classes are taught by a registered Music Together teacher who is trained in music development and skilled in leading participatory music activity. Children “bring the music home” to their parents through the family CD and songbook.
Please visit the Music Together Preschool section of the website for more information on this program.
Classes for Children with Special Needs:
All of Music Together’s classes are open to children with disabilities. Some Music Together centers offer classes specifically designed for children with special needs. Check with your local Music Together Center Director about your family’s choices.
Music Together Within Therapy®
A number of board-certified music therapists also offer individual and small group clinical services using the Music Together CD, songbook, and other materials designed for clinical use. To find a board-certified music therapist offering Music Together, or for more information on how music therapy can benefit your child, call (800) 728-2692 x332 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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