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Mixed Age & Intergenerational Classes

Mixed Age Classes (0 – 5) with Adults

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Mixed Age and Intergenerational Classes

Mixed Age Classes (0 – 5) with Adults
Wouldn’t it be fun to be part of a musical community of parents, toddlers, babies and preschoolers all singing, dancing and playing instruments together? A class that both your toddler and baby can share?

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Child development researchers have found that grouping together children of varying ages fosters natural, family-style learning. The hallmark of the Music Together program, our Mixed-age Class gives children the environment they need to grow musically while interacting both socially and musically with peers of different ages. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because their children can go to class together. And any or all of your child’s caregivers – parents, grandparents, nannies – can come share in the experience, both in class and at home. The whole family is welcome!

“My 2 year old has started singing many of the songs on her own – and when she hears her favorites in the car she says “This is my song!” It’s my 5 month old’s first class & she always smiles when we sing the Hello Song. Our teacher is amazing and everyone in the class participates which makes each session really fun.”


Intergenerational Classes (0 – 5) with Adults and Seniors from Providence ElderPlace

Are you lonely for Grandma and Grandpa? Join us Tuesday mornings for an intergenerational music making experience with your child and the seniors from Providence ElderPlace at Irvington Village.

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Parents and children sit together in our usual music making circle surrounded by 5-8 senior residents in a joyous, inclusive environment. There are interactions between all ages in the room: children, parents and seniors can participate together as a music making community. Families have a chance to visit with seniors before and after class.

Grab the chance to make a difference in someone’s life – the seniors as well as yours and your child’s.

“Kudos to Music Together for the intergenerational classes on Tuesday mornings with the ElderCare residents: what a win-win situation for the children and the seniors. Our teacher is great at creating a wonderful musical community. The only gripe I have is that sometimes I get a little choked up by the sweet interactions between the residents and the children!”

A good read

Music and memory make a powerful combination in a class for young and old
By David Stabler, The Oregonian: January 31, 2011