Why Informal Instruction?
Play is the work of a child. Unlike adults, children learn best
experientially. As parents, we all remember fondly the delight with
which our children first discovered that they could make a toy move by
touching it, or that they could spin themselves round and round until
they got dizzy. Now imagine if you had tried to require your baby or
young child to sit down and pay attention while you “taught” those
skills. How successful do you imagine you would have been? And how much
fun would it have been for your child? Music Together® offers a
musically rich environment in which your children can develop Basic
Music Competence* the way they learn best - playfully!
Why mixed age classes?
- Mixed age groupings are now recommended by early childhood
- Younger children observe and learn from older children.
- Older children benefit from being in a leadership role.
- Children of the same age are not necessarily at the same stage of
musical development. Children develop the components of Basic Music
Competence* at different ages and in varying orders.
*Basic Music Competence is the ability to sing both in tune and
in rhythm and to make rhythmically accurate movements.
What if I’m not musical? Can I really help my child develop musical
YES!!! Research shows that a child’s disposition toward music is
learned from his/her primary caregivers. Your enthusiastic
participation teaches your child that music is FUN and interesting.
Your child will learn accurate pitch and rhythm from exposure in class,
listening to recordings, and other musical experiences, so you don’t
need to feel pressure to “perform” perfectly. Just relax and join in
using whatever voice and movement ability you have. In Music Together
classes we provide a fun, playful music learning environment for Mommy
& Me! (or Daddy & Me... or Grandma & Me... or Nanny &
Can babies really benefit from Music Together® classes?
YES!! Although babies may seem not to be participating, they are
actively absorbing everything they hear, see and feel. You will learn
to recognize your infant’s musical responses, and you will probably be
amazed by how early they develop. Did you know that very young babies
actually adjust the pitch of their cries to match the pitch in their
environments? Infancy is a wonderful time to start to build a life long
musical bond with your child.