If you’re like many of us, you probably grew up learning in classrooms separated by age: First-graders in one room, second-graders in another, and so on. This is a common way to educate children, but it’s not the only way. You may have heard that Montessori schools combine multiple ages into each classroom, but did you know Music Together pioneered bringing mixed-age groupings to parent-child programs? Read more.
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Kate Battenfeld has been teaching Music Together in Carlsbad, CA, for almost 20 years. She is also a music educator at Buena Vista Elementary School. Here’s her story.
Returning to Music Together After Thirty Years: Every week, Alexa Gutter takes her nineteen-month-old son Julian to Music Together class in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She and Julian enjoy singing the “Hello Song” and playing instruments and dancing alongside Teacher Michelle. For Alexa, these rituals are even more meaningful since, as a toddler, she and her own mother, Aila Newton, shared these very same Music Together activities. … Read more
In a Music Together Generations class, “Hello, Everybody!” means something extra special. That’s because there’s a third generation of music-makers in the room! Generations is a mixed-age Music Together class with the sweetest twist: the addition of senior participants. Read more
Jack Sullivan, a longtime Music Together student from Marietta, Georgia, loves Music Together so much, his parents put the song collection poster on his birthday cake! We caught up with Jack’s mom, Tanya, whose family has been coming to Music Together for four years. Read more
Look around a Music Together class and you’ll notice different behavioral “personalities.” Some children sit still and stare at their parent or teacher singing. Others gaze out the window or look at their toes. And some are constantly in motion, jumping or toddling around exuberantly, even when everyone else is in a close circle quietly singing. Do you recognize your child in any of these examples? Read more
From the “Hello Song” to “Goodbye, So Long, Farewell,” families and teachers all over the world are connected through song and a shared love of music-making. When families have to relocate, the familiarity of Music Together songs, rituals, and activities comes in handy. Read more
At one point or another, we have all experienced the connection and bonding that can arise when making music or dancing with another person or in a group. Maybe it was singing in a choir or singing as a family in the car. Read more
On a sunny Tuesday afternoon at the Las Villas de Carlsbad retirement and assisted living center in Carlsbad, California, a large group of senior residents, children, and parents jam and sing to a rousing rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In” as part of their weekly Music Together class. Read on…
Bonding with their new children is a common concern among adoptive parents. Will he love us? Will he attach to us? Will he trust us to take care of him and keep him safe? Adoption professionals define bonding as “the process that a child goes through in developing lasting emotional ties with his or her… Read more »