OUR PROGRAMS ARE DESCRIBED HERE.
MIXED AGE/FAMILY CLASS (Birth to 5 years) – the essential Music Together® class
This class is for children birth to 5 years. A child can attend our Mixed Age classes through all nine song collections. This class follows the recommendations of child development researchers – grouping together children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style, community learning. Younger children can enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children, not quite ready for formal instruction, but old enough to participate in class completely independently, can build confidence and learn by leading the younger ones. Adults are happy because several children in a family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers – parents, grandparents, nanny – can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this community friendly, family music experience. Materials include 2 professionally recorded CD's, and a beautifully illustrated songbook. New families also receive a DVD and parent guide.
MUSIC TOGETHER GENERATIONS/MIXED AGE FAMILY CLASS (CHILDREN BIRTH TO 7 YEARS)
Our Intergenerational class format is like that of Mixed Age/Family.* The difference is that the Intergenerational Class is shared with senior residents living in the facility where class is held. In this case the residents from the Ivy Lodge Assisted Living (formerly The Family Lodge) join the teacher and families each week for class, making our essential class even more of a community experience. The residents love being with the families and observing the children and the families offer their children a true intergenerational and musical exchange. Materials include 2 professionally recorded CD's, and a beautifully illustrated songbook. New families also receive a DVD and parent guide. *(Please also refer to the Mixed Age/Family class description.)
BABIES ONLY (Birth to 8 months)
Every child’s development benefits from early exposure to music and movement. Because the early months are so important, Music Together offers two options for babies. Babies eight months and younger at the time of registration may attend a Mixed Age class, whether registered or attending free with an older brother or sister. Babies may also take the special “Babies class” offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together. (The babies class is intended for infants who are not yet moving around and therefore, cannot be repeated). The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in babies. Meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascination music activities you repeat at home with your baby for infinite delight. Materials include 2 professionally recorded CD’s, a songbook and parent education materials.
Music Together Big Kids®® (FOR 5, 6 AND 7 YEAR OLDS)
Classes meet for one hour once a week in a ten week term. Parents are welcome to join us for all classes, but are requested to attend both the first and final class of the term and the last 15 minutes of every class. This way parents are in touch with what we are doing in class. Big Kids classes lay the foundation for Basic Music Literacy, complementing music instruction in school or instrument lessons, and leading to a lifetime of joyful music-making. The curriculum includes solfège, solos and ensembles, folk dances, harmony singing, vocal development, and drumming. In a safe, fun environment, your child can experiment with new activities like conducting and improvisation, story songs, and game songs. Materials include 2 Cd's, a family songbook, parent education materials and activities to take home.
MUSIC TOGETHER RHYTHM KIDS FOR 4 - 5 YEAR OLDS (PARENTS OR CAREGIVERS ATTEND)
Rhythm Kids 4 - 5 is the next musical step for your preschool child (ages 4 - 5) with a parent or caregiver. Each week we drum, sing, dance, play rhythm instruments, and begin to play music-based games. Rhythm Kids 4 - 5 guides children toward developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, where they can begin to take charge, lead others and be musically creative.