During this incredibly challenging time, we need music and community more than ever. That is why Music Together Worldwide has created a new, online version of the beloved family music program to keep us connected until the day when we can meet together again in person to sing, dance, play and make joyful Music Together.
What is Music Together at Home?
- One small-group, interactive class via Zoom, every week with your teacher. Instead of going to class once a week, your class will come to you, via computer, tablet, or phone. Weekly classes will last approximately 30 minutes. Zoom is an online video platform, and we have been getting rave reviews from those who have participated in the Zoom classes we have held so far.
- Supplemental videos from Chickadee Music Together teachers. Videos including favorite song activities, musical crafts, lullabies, parent education and more will be available on our private Facebook page and Vimeo.
- Access to family resources from Music Together Worldwide. Coloring pages, musical games, and videos from our own Uncle Gerry.
- Maracas collection music (songbook, CD, download code) mailed directly to your door. Please be sure to verify your address upon registering, so we send them to the right place!
What about screen time for toddlers and preschoolers?
We know screen time isn't generally recommended for this age group, but here's the difference: YOU! When children stare at a screen and passively receive information, they don't take it in the same way, nor do they learn in the same way as when they have the active participation of a parent or caregiver. So, just like in our classrooms, you are still your child's most important music teacher. Your child will interact with their teacher and their classmates, but it is truly the interaction with you that will continue to support their musical development all week long. We'll give you lots of ideas for fun ways to play with these songs at home while we're all looking for activities to fill our days!
Music Together Mixed-Age classes for ages birth to five include 45 minutes of singing, moving, listening, improvising and exploring musical instruments in a playful and relaxed atmosphere. Whatever their own musical abilities, adults help to create an environment that supports each child in developing his or her love for music, as well as basic competence in musical skills. Each session features one of nine award-winning song collections so families can continue the music-making fun at home. Music Together was the first early childhood music program to offer music classes for mixed ages. Child development researchers know that the natural, family-style environment of mixed-age classes is the best way for young children to learn. In our experience, it works! In Mixed-Age classes, the older children love to show what they know, and the younger ones love to watch and imitate. The relaxed, no-pressure environment lets all kids learn at their own pace.
Newborns through Eight Months
You might be wondering what your newborn could possibly take away from a music class and how old they have to be before they can benefit. At Music Together®, we know it's never too early to get babies started in class! Your little one is a natural-born music-maker, ready to start learning music at birth.
As in everything, you are your baby's first and best teacher. But don't get nervous! When you sing in the car and dance in the living room, you're showing your baby how to make music and that making music is important to your family. That's all your baby needs from you—musically, at least!
In the Music Together Babies class, for infants from birth through 8 months, you'll learn a lot of fun musical activities for babies. You'll also learn to recognize which of your baby's behaviors are musical so that you can support their development at the time when your baby's brain is at its most receptive.
The Babies class has other benefits, too! Singing and dancing with your baby is a beautiful way for the two of you to bond. And making music with other parents of newborns is a great way to make new friends in your community who are as sleep deprived as you!