Music Together is a research-based, internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.
What does a Music Together class look like?
In a Music Together class up to twelve children and their parents or caregivers meet weekly in a 45-minute class to sing songs, dance, play with simple musical instruments, have fun with chants, fingerplays, rhythm games and a rich variety of other music and movement activities. Classes are informal and designed to be lots of fun, so the adults, regardless of their musical ability, feel comfortable and encouraged to sing, dance, and play as part of the group, giving the children a joyful experience of community music-making. The children are free to participate in any manner which suits them that day; each child develops at his or her own level in a noncompetitive, nonperformance based environment.
What is included in my tuition?
Tuition includes the weekly 45-minute class (number of classes per session varies, but is generally 10-weeks during the school year and 6-8 weeks during the summer), plus each family is given one professionally recorded CD, a digital download and a beautifully illustrated songbook, containing all the songs we'll be singing during the semester. The songs collections have been designed to offer a wide experience of different rhythms, tonalities, styles and instruments. They are a mix of traditional songs, world music, instrumental play-alongs, original music and rhythmic chants. There is a different song collection for each semester, rotated over three years. Having the CDs to play in the car, at home, or at grandma's lets the whole family share the joy of music making every day; these song collections quickly become family favorites. New families will also receive a Parent Guide DVD and booklet, outlining Music Together's educational philosophy.
Why a mixed age class?
Child development researchers recommend a mixed-age format because it fosters natural, family-style learning. Every child is given the freedom to participate as he or she chooses, without being burdened by age-specific expectations, and siblings can attend together.
Are Music Together classes appropriate for children with special needs?
Yes! All children are musical, and we welcome children with special needs. Our classes are structured to offer a wide variety of musical activities and experiences, which children can process at their own pace and developmental level, regardless of age or individual need. Further, research has shown that music can help to strengthen gross motor, fine motor, speech and socialization skills in all children and often proves an invaluable resource to parents, who through music find a deeper way of interacting with their child.