Music Together classes nurture a child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. We sing, dance, chant, and play instruments together in an informal setting. Young children get the opportunity to not only learn through play and experimentation but also watch and listen to the grownups they love and look up to. In fact, this modeling is essential to their growth into confident music-makers. But don’t worry, you already have the only skill you’ll need – the desire to play and have fun with your child! Just being there as a role model and sharing the experience is enough to make a powerful difference. Our teachers are specially trained to create a safe atmosphere where you can happily join in, experiment, and even get silly – all while strengthening the bond with your child.
In the 1980s, Music Together pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other: the babies are often fascinated by the older child, and the “big” children enjoy helping and sharing with the “little” ones. This approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, and family relationships, as well as our 20 years experience in the field. In addition, we do offer an infant class for non-mobile babies 8 months and under, a Bigger Kid class for the 4 1/2 & 5- year-olds as well, and our new Rhythm Kids classes for 5-8-year-olds.
Each class has 6-12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s). Infant siblings 8 months and under do not count in the class numbers.
During the duration of ONLINE classes, older siblings are not only free but we encourage them to join in on the music making!
You will receive a class confirmation email immediately after you register and pay for your class.
Each family is allowed two makeups per semester. Makeups are available at any location. To schedule a makeup, click on ‘Enrolled Families‘ on the home page of the website. Please note: makeups do not carry over term to term and need to be completed during the current session. Make-ups are on a space available basis and do fill up especially at the end of each term so try to book in advance.
Yes, we understand schedules change. However, for class continuity and community building, we can move a child to a different class pending space for the first 3 weeks of the session only. Once we close the term at the end of week three, there are no more class transfers allowed. Due to this, please try to enroll for a class that will work for the duration of the term.
No refunds are given after the session begins. If you cancel before the session start date, there is a $25 administrative fee. Families are responsible for class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal, extra make-ups or credits for future terms and all tuition fees are forfeited.
Music Together will pro-rate tuition through the first 3 weeks of the semester. The cost will automatically be pro-rated when you enroll. Families do receive two makeup classes per semester. We close the session to new registrations in week 3 of the term.
Both or either parent, grandparents or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time – no need to ask. Whole family music making in your home is extremely valuable to your child’s musical development, and attending online classes occasionally helps the other family members to join in at home. Guests are encouraged to fully participate as active members of the class.
Enhance your child’s experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing and follow what the teacher is doing. Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. The songs, chants and movements are easy and accessible. Don’t worry if you can’t carry a tune – you can give your child a positive music experience simply by participating! Your child does not need to sit on your lap, children whose rhythm is more developed may be more kinesthetic and need to move around the room and express themselves rhythmically. Model positive parenting, make music and enjoy yourself! This is even more important while making music online at home as you are the only adult(s) bodies they see expressing rhythm at home! Try not to give verbal directions. It can be tough to resist the impulse to give your child directives such as “Do what she is doing, hold your instrument this way” but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself! Your job is to just relax, and have fun!
Play your CD or downloaded music at home and in the car as frequently as possible, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make the CD and downloaded music available to your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Use the songbook to help you remember the songs or to play along if you play an instrument. Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book, and sing through the songs as you go along. Looking at the printed notes on the page will help children understand that music is something that can be read, like words. Familiarization with notation will help them when they are more ready for formal music instruction, typically when they are school aged.
Instruments are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from musictogether.com/Store.
Gift certificates for any amount towards classes can be purchased at any time. They are a wonderful baby shower or birthday gift! Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts. Let us know if you would like it sent directly to the recipient or to the purchaser. Anyone can buy one on-line by clicking here.