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 educators.
- 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 intelligence?
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 & Me...)
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.