Our mixed-age classes create a family feel, and give children a chance to learn from - and teach! - each other. Mixed age classes give every child a chance to participate at exactly the level that’s comfortable for them. And families love our mixed-age classes because siblings can to play together in the same class, with all siblings benefiting from the experience. The Music Together® curriculum is designed to meet the needs of a broad range of ages and abilities, from infancy through kindergarten.
Six to twelve children, their parents or other caregivers, and teacher gather in an informal circle to sing, play, enjoy movement games, and explore instruments together. The relaxed atmosphere helps everyone learn - children learn basic music skills, and grownups learn ways to share music fun with their children at home as well as in class.
Children are free to participate, watch, or leave the circle and wander around the room. We know that children who appear not to be paying attention are really learning in their own way, and will often repeat class activities perfectly once they're at home.
Hear from parents and teachers and see some classes in action:
Fun in class - and at home!
Every class features a mix of songs, chants, rhythm and tonal play, movement games, and music exploration with simple musical instruments. Some activities are guided, and some feature free improvisation and exploration. Classes flow from quiet activities to all-out “shake-your-body” fun, and always end with a quiet lullaby and ritual goodbye song.
Families receive two CDs of the music used in each semester (one for the home, one for the car!), as well as a beautifully illustrated songbook with activities to enjoy together at home and a sing-a-long storybook. From week to week, the songs and activities presented in class might vary, but all are based on that semester’s set of songs, so it's easy to become familiar with the music. Listen to some song samples: