What are classes like?
Six to twelve children ages birth through five and their parents or caregivers (nanny, babysitter, grandparent) meet each week to experience new songs, chants, small and large motor movement activities and instrumental jam sessions. Both adults and children sit in a circle and participate, led by a teacher. The teacher helps the adults understand how to interact and play musically with their child in class and at home. Playing with music is fun and nurtures the child’s musical ability. Children have many opportunities to create and to play - making up rhythm patterns, making up new words to songs, making up movements to express a sound.
The carefully chosen folk songs, chants and original music are all pitched in just the right range for children’s developing voices. Songs in unusual meters and non-major tonalities provide a rich and varied music experience. Children may or may not participate as they choose and are given the freedom to respond according to their developmental level. The class experience, reinforced by listening to CDs and parent involvement, stimulates learning at home through play.
Why are infants in the same class with older children?
Classes are mixed ages from birth through five. A child’s music development benefits greatly from early exposure as an infant. The older children benefit by having the opportunity to be leaders in the mixed age classroom. Activities focus on adult/child interaction rather than child/child, so children of different ages (such as siblings) can enjoy classes together. Sibling discount is available.
How long is the class?
Our Mixed age classes (birth - 4 yrs) and Rhythm Kids (4-5 yrs, 5-8 yrs) meet once a week for ten weeks and are 45 minutes long.
The exception is our summer semester where classes meet once a week for six weeks (classes are 45 minutes).
What if the class I want to register for is full?
If you are interested in a class that is currently full you can call our office or email us to be placed on our waitlist. It's in your best interest to be put on a waitlist -- many times families will switch out of a particular class at the last minute. If a spot opens in your desired class before the third week of the semester you will be notified.
Can I join the class that my friend is already in?
Yes, that's possible. Though you may have joined Music Together® with a friend (and want to be in the same class with him or her), chatting during class is discouraged -- we do our best to create a musical 45 minutes for children and their parents, and our emphasis is placed on the relationship between parent and child, not child/child (or parent/parent). It is not a playgroup atmosphere. So if the class your friend is enrolled in is full, don't give up the idea of taking a Music Together class with your child!
What is the policy on refunds and credits?
Full payment is due with registration. Registration fees are non-refundable. No tuition refunds given after registration deadline. Credit towards a future semester given if you withdraw before the first class. Partial credit may be given if you withdraw after the first class only in exceptional circumstances.
If we miss a class, can we make it up?
During our fall, winter and spring semesters, three make-ups are allowed on a space-available basis. During our summer semester, two make-ups are allowed on a space-available basis. Make-ups must be taken within the current semester.
How do I schedule a make-up?
Make-ups are scheduled online using Make Up Scheduler.
How can I learn more about my child's musical development?
In addition to the parent guide which all families receive with their paid tuition, teachers take time during class to point out key developmental points as they arise throughout the semester.
What sets Music Together® apart from other children's music education programs?
Music Together does not organize class content around themes and ages as other programs do. These themes are more apt to reflect an adult's concept of music education than a child’s way of experiential learning. Music Together provides many and varied experiences, with very little explanation or directed teaching.
Do you do birthday parties?
Yes we do! See Birthday Parties
Can I purchase a gift certificate?
Yes! See Gift Certificates
What comes next when the semester is over?
A different song collection is used each semester –there are nine different song collections- so when you re-register, you can look forward to expanding your repertoire with a variety of new songs and chants. The curriculum is designed so that families can continue classes for three years before revisiting a song collection. In three years, you and your child will learn over 375 songs! If you do continue in the program beyond three years (and we hope you will), your child will experience his or her first song collections in a brand new way. Read more about the Music Together Curriculum.