BABIES - Birth to 8 months

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 8 months and younger at the time of registration may attend a Mixed Age Class, whether registered independently or attending free with an older brother or sister. Families with infants are also invited to take our Babies Only class, offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together. (The Babies Only 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 and caregivers who want to learn as much as possible about music development in babies. In class you will meet other parents of infants and learn some fascinating music activities you can repeat at home with your baby. Materials include 2 professionally recorded CD's, a songbook and parent education materials. The fee for the class is $145.00. There is a one-time non-refundable fee of $15.00 for new families.

This fall I am offering two Babies classes one at Hudson Valley Midwifery in Kingston and one at Boudoir Baby in the village of Saugerties. Each class is 8 weeks and meets for 45 minutes. Reservations are required. If you have questions about the Babies class not answered here, please contact Miranda at director@catskillmountainmusictogether.com.

To sign up for the Babies Only Free Trial click here: Babies Only Free Trial Class (Demo)

Testimonial: BABIES CLASS

My son and I started taking the babies' class with Miranda Haydn when he was 10 weeks old. At the beginning, I felt like the class was mostly for me: it gave me the chance to take my son out of the house, to meet other parents with young children, and to learn about what I could do to help stimulate my child's musical development. Soon, however, it became as appealing to him as to me, and he started to respond to the music and to the stimulation of being surrounded by other children near his developmental level. He began kicking his legs in excitement, watching the older babies play instruments, and smiling in response to dancing parents. By the last session, he was even able to vocalize his interest in what was going on around him: he called out a response in the key of the song! Another sign that my son was learning throughout the course was that he would stay awake--wide-eyed and observant--for each class and then nap deeply afterward. It was clear that the exercises were well designed for his age, that they stimulated him a lot, and that he was comfortable in the climate that Miranda created. I would heartily recommend this course for anyone with a baby, but especially to those who have just had their first child and are looking for an educational experience to share with them.

--Katharine Holt (or, "a mother in Saugerties")