The mixed age classes are the heart of Music Together®. Children birth through five years old along with parents and/or caregivers come together to create a musical community. Each child has the opportunity to be “where they are” in their own development. Adults, regardless of musical ability, can help create an environment that helps children achieve basic music competence. Children of mixed ages participate at their own level by singing, moving, chanting, listening and exploring with musical instruments. Parents participate with the children and receive music development information about their child.
Read some informative articles about the benefits of music in the early years from Music Together's national website We Are All Born To Make Music!
This is a one-semester introduction to Music Together®. The music activities and materials are especially designed for new (or veteran) parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in infants. Please bring a cozy blanket. Great class for meeting other parents with babies (not a sibling class). After attending the 10 week session of a Babies class, you will "graduate" into a mixed aged class armed with skills to enhance your musical experience with your child.
Here's a great article on the national Music Together website Babies Are Born Music Makers!
See full description here Guitar for Grown-Ups.
The class is open to parents and caregivers of children registered in a current Music Together semester. If you would like to learn to play guitar using Music Together songs as the vehicle, this is the class for you! Participants will learn basic strums and chords for more than a dozen songs from the current Music Together song collection. This class is good for beginners who have never held a guitar, and good for people who know a little guitar. It's great for people who already play some Music Together songs! All participants 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. Plus, it's an enjoyable night out with other parents of small children.
In senior residential and day programs across the country, people of all ages come together to sing, dance, shake shakers, and swing scarves during weekly Music Together intergenerational classes. As the children’s music-learning is nurtured, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grownups also foster new and important relationships with "Musical Grandfriends." These unique and powerful classes are also greatly enjoyed by the seniors and staff. Seniors look forward to the children's lively visits, the chance to share memories, and the sheer fun of these playful music-making experiences. The additional cognitive, physical, and emotional benefits for both children and elders make the Generations class a win-win for all participants.
Read more about this incredible offering on Music Together's national website Music Together Generations Classes
Would you like Music Together at your child's preschool? Did you know that, even though your big kid is at school full-time, they can still enjoy Music Together? We’ve developed a big kids’ in-school curriculum especially for kindergarten and early elementary school classrooms. Featuring an artistically conceived combination of songs, rhythmic rhymes, instrument play, and movement activities, this curriculum for schools can be taught by a Music Together specialist, or your school’s music teacher after completion of our teacher training. Our research-based curriculum supports children’s basic tonal and rhythmic competence as well as their emerging music literacy. And learning continues to happen even as the activities evolve into creative vocal, rhythmic, and imaginative play, plus a good bit of genuine and silly fun! Children get to “bring the music home” so that you and your child can share the songs and activities learned in school. Just think of the bond this can create among you, your child, and their teachers. You’ll really appreciate knowing what your children are learning at school and joining in on the fun!
Read more about this great program on Music Together's national website Music Together In-School Programming