Frequently Asked Questions
What are Music Together® classes?
Music Together is a research-based, developmentally appropriate music and movement programs for children ages birth through five, 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 you wait to talk to your child until you are sure that he can answer you back? He talks when he is ready, because he has been immersed in a language from birth. He walks when he is ready because he has felt your movement while in yours arms. Giving a child this same kind of immersion in musical experiences will provide him opportunities to not only learn to sing in tune and keep a steady beat, but to develop his own special way of expressing music through movement.
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. The older children love being the "big kids" and showing the little ones how it is done. 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 does not outwardly participate in the class. Sometimes she just walks around the outside of the circle. Other times she sits in the circle but will not sing. Is she 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! 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 listening. No matter the learning style, all children benefit from positive parent role modeling. So enjoy the class, participate with gusto and then observe at home all of the musical behaviors she will display for you.
Do we use the same music each semester?
There are NINE Music Together song collections which means that you can attend MT for three years with new music each semester. As he develops, your child will participate in activities in new age appropriate ways.
What if we didn't start in the Fall? Has my child missed out?
No. Semesters are non-sequential and the activities are designed to be accessible by all children ages newborn through five.