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The session consists of weekly, 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences--developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers--regardless of their own musical ability.
This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age seven. 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, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience.
What is a Music Together® Class?
A Music Together Class is:
Why Choose Music Together?By: Lili Levinowitz. Center for Music and Young Children Director of Research; Rowan University Professor of Music Education.
- A community of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents/caregivers sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement activities in relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented settings.
- Music learned through developmentally appropriate activities that support and respect the unique learning styles of very young children.
- Children participating at their own levels in mixed-age family-style classes.
- Parents and caregivers contributing to the enrichment of their child’s music environment—regardless of their own musical abilities.
- A new song collection every semester for three years, featuring great arrangements of original and traditional songs in a wide variety of tonalities, meters, and cultural styles.
- A chance to have PURE FUN every week!
One of the joys I have as a Music Together teacher is watching the children I teach grow as music makers - from infancy through their preschool years - into basic music competence. Just as I love to watch my garden develop, I thrive on marking their music development on the path to singing in tune and moving to the rhythm. Many parents realize that reenrolling in Music Together classes is important to their child's emerging music intelligence. They are, however, faced with a sometimes overwhelming array of programming choices. Early childhood art, swim, gym, and preliteracy classes abound.
The impulse to introduce one's child to as many different disciplines as possible is a familiar one. As an educator, I am concerned that this can create a situation where many skills are sampled but few are truly developed. During the years from birth through age five, the brain is much more active than later on, making this a crucial time for "laying down the tracks" and "roughing in the circuitry" that will last a lifetime. The news from neuroscience clearly indicates that what doesn't get used during early childhood will be pared away by our efficient body/brain mechanisms.
Music development involves two systems with a crucial need for input during the years birth through kindergarten: the receptive and expressive systems. The receptive system primarily impacts music aptitude which is developing up until about age nine. During that time, music aptitude can fluctuate or atrophy from lack of quality stimulation. Furthermore, a child's expressive tools - the singing voice and moving body - are maturing at the same time as the "circuitry" is being laid down for these to receive the brain's signals efficiently. Thus, children learn to match what they perceive, evaluate what they sing or move to, and adjust to the changing music environment.
Continuing enrollment in Music Together ensures that your child receives the ongoing stimulation of rich, multicultural music as well as the opportunity for musical experimentation with voice and body. A single semester may open a window in your child's music development, but over time, a weekly routine of community music making in class with follow-through at home can provide a lifetime disposition for music making.
So, parents, please plan to enroll your children for all nine song collections. Deepen their music experience by repeating a collection they first learned or experienced as an infant or toddler. You and your teacher will share the ongoing pleasure of watching your child grow into basic music competence.DID YOU KNOW THAT ALL CHILDREN ARE MUSICAL?
Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of you own musical ability? Experience Music Together and find out how important--and how fun--your role can be! Our Music Together classes build on your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement. We'll help you provide your child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and social musical activities, and to study an instrument should he or she choose to do so.Click Here for Schedule & Registration