Music Together FAQs
What are Music Together classes?
Music Together is a research-based, developmentally appropriate music and movement program for children ages birth through kindergarten, and the adults who love them.
What kinds of activities will we do in class?
In class we sing, dance, chant and play along with instruments to a variety of musical styles, melodies and rhythms. You and your child will also participate and experience creative movement, improvisation, finger play and lap songs. Above all else, we have fun while creating a rich and lively musical community.
Is my child too young for music class?
All children are musical. The same way that a child has the innate ability to speak and understand his native language, he also has the ability to do the same with the language of music.
Do infants really benefit?
Yes! Infant participation will seem passive at first, as they actively absorb what they are seeing, hearing, and feeling. By viewing your parent guide and through parent education in class, parents will learn to recognize their infant's musical responses and observe them reaching musical milestones. As their bodies and nervous systems mature, infants often show progressively more complex musical responses and evidence of song recognition. Parents will learn in class how to enhance their child's music development and to create or expand a musical bond with their child.
May I bring my three-year-old as well as my 10-month-old to the same class?
Absolutely! This is what family music is all about. Research shows that early learning is best facilitated in a mixed-age environment. The little ones learn by watching and imitating the older children. This family-style classroom encourages participation and involvement in the music for every child.
What is my role in the class and why is it important for me to be there?
Some parents are somewhat disconcerted by the concept of being their child's most important musical role model. You may feel that you are not particularly musical - even describing yourself as "tone deaf". Whatever your level of technical skill, the most important things that you can model for your child are simply pleasure, interest and the desire to participate in musical activities.
My child just sits there in class (or my child just wanders around in class). Is my child bored?
There are many different learning styles. Some children may be visual learners who need to watch before they experiment on their own. Others are aural learners who are listening, even when they are across the room. Kinesthetic learners need to move! Tell a kinesthetic learner that he can’t move and you are actually hurting his learning process. Therefore, a child’s learning in class happens in a multi-layered way – through active participation, watching others move, experimenting with instruments and even by just being there and listening to you sing. Instead of waiting for your child to do something in class, let yourself go and do it yourself. Then, watch and listen to him/her at home, and you will see and hear how much he/she is learning and absorbing in class!
What happens after we complete a semester?
There are nine song collections. A different song collection is used each semester, so when you register for your next semester, you can look forward to new songs and chants, taught with the same kinds of activities. Because your child will be at a different place developmentally, an activity will be exciting to him/her whether it is because of its familiarity or because he/she can grasp it in a new way.
Do we use the same music each semester?
There are NINE Music Together song collections which means that you can attend for three years with new music each semester!
What if I didn’t start in the fall? Has my child missed something?
Because the semesters are non-sequential and the activities are designed to be accessible to a child at his/her own developmental stage, a child can enter the Music Together program at the beginning of any semester, and at any age.