Sing, dance, and have fun! You might be surprised to hear that you are your child’s most important music teacher right now—and it doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself a great singer or dancer. Young children develop dispositions for certain behaviors, including learning to love music, by observing and imitating their loved ones. Simply by participating enthusiastically during class and playing with the ideas at home, you’ll give your children the modeling they need to learn to love to make music. Please wait to socialize or use your cell phone until after class and instead help us create a music-only environment.
At Music Together®, children are never required to sit in the circle or expected to conform to an adult’s idea of participation. We know that children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly, through observation, interactions with adults and older children, and through imitation, play, and, especially, movement. One hallmark of Music Together is the insight that children will naturally develop music ability simply when they are immersed in a community of families all making music. Children’s responses depend on their most dominant learning style and temperament as well as their age and developmental level. Some might follow the teacher right away. Many will simply want to watch and absorb, particularly in the first few weeks of class. Some might crawl or toddle around; others are stimulated by the music and respond more actively, running, jumping, or dancing. All are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment. Throughout the semester, your teacher will help you tune in to how your child learns best so you can support their music development in class and at home. Feel free to ask if you have questions!
Play your songs at home and in the car frequently, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make it available to the music available for your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Create your Family Music Zone account and download the Hello Everybody app for digital versions of the songs and more activity ideas to try! Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and get new ideas for musical ideas to use at home. The music notation is in the book if you play an instrument and want to play along. (Always wanted to learn an instrument? Check out our Guitar Class for Grownups!) Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book and sing through the songs as you go along.
Each class has between 6 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).
If your child is sick, please keep them home and schedule a make up class. We offer three to four makeup classes during each semester session. Please visit our Make Up Scheduler to learn more.
Switching classes can not be guaranteed; there is a $10 transfer fee to switch once classes begin (at the discretion of the center director). There are many educational benefits for children to have the continuity of musical community in their classes; we often see a child's comfort and trust level grow as they experience a similar group of familiar faces each week. We do, however, understand that situations arise and you may need to request a transfer. This will be considered depending on availability and class size.
Registration remains open for a few weeks after the session begins. We do not prorate for classes missed due to late registration. Instead, families may makeup class(es) during the semester.
Please feel comfortable to nurse or bottle-feed your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms.
For your child's safety, our class sizes are limited. Please do not bring extra children (under age 8) to class unless previously arranged. Visiting spots are available on a first-come first served basis.
When space is available, siblings are welcome to visit class one time at no charge. Two subsequent scheduled sibling visits are permitted at a rate of $10 per child. Please reserve a spot for the visiting sibling using the Make-Up Scheduler.
Please call the office to discuss out-of town visitors (with children under age 8). A $15 visiting fee will apply.
Yes, parents, grandparents, caregivers or older siblings (8 and above) are welcome to attend class at any time—no need to ask! It is wonderful to have extra singing role models! Please let your visitors know ahead of time that the class is participation oriented. Older children are expected to participate in music-making.
Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it’s the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and gaining self-confidence. Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviors earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behavior of children of varying ages. Plus, it allows everyone—siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers—to share in the musical experience.