The Essential Music Together® Class
This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through kindergarten—and through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages in one class. This approach fosters natural, family-style learning where 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 developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments.
We welcome the whole family to join in this important family music experience and any caregiver—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the child(ren) to class.
To see a mixed ages class in action, check out this wonderful video at musictogether.com
Music Together Big Kids® Big Kids™ Program helps your child take a 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.
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®
Through family music-making, Music Together® mixed-age classes support the development of tonal and rhythm competence for infants through 4-year-old children. In contrast, Big Kids classes lay the foundation for Basic Music Literacy, complementing 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, ensembles and solos in singing and instrument play, folk dances, harmony singing, vocal development, 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, 2 CDs, 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 Kids Classes
- Classes are 60 minutes long and meet weekly for 10 weeks, three semesters per year. Since the program provides a cumulative learning sequence, a minimum of three semesters is recommended, with six or more preferred.
- 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, two copies of the recording, and weekly HomePlay activity pages.
- 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 or have received permission to enroll from the Director.
- While this can be a "drop-off" class, you (or another caregiver) should plan to attend your child's first class, and attend the last class of each 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.
Wanna be a rock star? (To your child?) Join us for Guitar for Grownups and learn basic strums and chords for more than a dozen songs from the current Music Together song collection. This class is great for busy adults, including beginners who have never held a guitar and people who already know a little. We'll build technique and musicianship in an relaxed, playful way while learning new ways to explore Music Together songs with your children. And don't forget -- you'll get to enjoy the company of other parents who are taking a night out!
You will need a guitar, a capo, and a guitar tuner. Please get in touch if you need suggestions or have questions.