What happens in a MT class?
Each week fully trained, registered Music Together® teachers lead groups of six to twelve children and their parents or caregivers (nannies, babysitters, grandparents, or relatives) in forty-five minutes of music and movement experience. Each weekly class offers a dozen songs and rhythmic rhymes, including fingerplays, small- and large-movement activities, and instrument play. Each week is a different experience as we explore the wide variety of 25-28 songs/chants from our current collection of music (1 of 9 collections).
Experience Music Together® and find out how important--and how fun--your role can be!
BABIES (to 12mos)
A born sounder and mover, your baby is already equipped with the means and potential to make music. You've probably noticed how they respond when you play a song in the car or sing them a song to soothe them. Developing your baby's natural musicality will open the door to a world of possibility, not only for music learning but for all learning. The early months are so important to this process, which is why we designed this special class to help you every step of step of the way.
Music Together offers a one-semester Babies Class for families with infants from birth through 12 months of age. In this class, the activities are specifically designed to teach you how to support music development in infancy and how to connect with your baby through music using methods such as "purposeful touch," "sound-layering," "dancing for baby," etc. And since our Babies Class uses the same song collections as our other classes, you will experience a seamless transition as your baby grows into our mixed-age class experience.
A Mixed-Age class is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five, exploring all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, and exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important and joyful family music experience!
Mixed-age class with Grandfriends
If you’ve ever wished for an extra set or two of grandparents, then we have a class for you! The Generations music class is a Mixed-Age Music Together class with the sweetest twist: the addition of senior participants. Kids and their grownups visit their “Musical Grandfriends” at a local retirement home or senior center and spend time making music as a large extended family.
These intergenerational music classes for seniors and children are popular retirement home activities because the fun songs and children’s liveliness and laughter help to brighten up everybody’s day. Making music together connects people in ways that few other activities can, and this type of class bridges the generations by helping seniors, staff, parents, and kids form new and satisfying relationships.
Rhythm Kids® is an exciting music, movement, and drumming class supporting the Music Together® philosophy that all children can complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age 8. Children will sing, dance, move, drum, and play to songs and beats from around the world while they integrate and assimilate rhythm in new ways.
Rhythm Kids Level 2 is an exciting music, movement, and drumming class for children in Kindergarten through second grade (ages 5 through 8). Children integrate and assimilate rhythm into their lives, as they:
learn multicultural drumming patterns;
develop new repertoire on various percussion instruments;
explore movement and dance while singing songs;
play games based on music and drumming;
have fun with a host of rhythm activities.
Rhythm Kids carries on the Music Together® vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age 8. As part of the Rhythm Kids experience, children and their grownups can enjoy drumming play and practice sessions at home with the help of online play-along videos featuring Rhythm Kids creator Tom Foote. Classes are for children K–2 (ages 5 through 8) and include:
weekly, 45-minute classes
Songbook and CDs (2 copies) each semester
Access to online video tutorials and play-alongs
Learn, create, discover and explore music, movement and drumming
Enjoy age-appropriate ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, tambourines, etc.)
Explore traditional drumming patterns through animal names and movements
Experience drumming, song, and dance from around the world (Mali, Puerto Rico, Turkey, etc.)
Find new ways to connect mind, body, and voice through rhythm
Develop skill in improvising, soloing, conducting, composition, and improvisation
Participate in active musical games that are both enriching and totally fun!
To get the most out of class, Level 2 students will need a drum. We use 9" x 18" djembes, but get whatever size you think is best for your child. We have secured discounts for our students through certain retailers. Ask your teacher for a list of websites and discount codes.