Child development researchers recommend mixed-age groupings because it fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy observing and imitating the older ones; older children benefit from singing to, moving with and being appreciated by the younger ones. Each child is given the freedom to participate as he or she chooses, without being burdened by age-specific expectations, and siblings can attend together. The mixed-age format is central to the Music Together® approach, which is specifically designed for early childhood - a time when children use the magical process of play to essentially teach themselves the things they need to learn.
In a Music Together Class
A group of six to twelve children and their parents and caregivers meet for 45 minutes each week to enjoy a variety of playful musical activities. The Music Together teacher guides the class through traditional and original songs and chants with a broad mix of tonalities, meters and cultural styles. A dozen experiences are included in each class including singing, small and large movement, instrument play, props, dancing, improvisation and more. The approach is fun and interactive and incorporates informal instruction, allowing the children to engage at their developmental level. It's a relaxed atmosphere that invites and encourages participation by both children and adults, regardless of musical skill, talent or training. In a Music Together class, families rediscover the pleasure and educational value of informal, homemade musical experiences.
Music Together is an early childhood music and movement program that helps children develop their natural musical abilities by providing a rich, stimulating musical environment during the critical period between birth and eight years. Through exciting weekly classes, quality supporting materials and parent involvement, Music Together inspires families to bring music-making back into daily life, giving children the foundation for a lifetime of musical expression and enjoyment.
An innovator in the field, Music Together began as an educational project of the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ. It pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. It is now being taught nationally and Internationally. Mid-Hudson Music Together LLC offers classes in Poughkeepsie, Millbrook, High Falls, Beacon & New Paltz.
Your tuition includes two professional recorded CDs and a beautifully illustrated songbook for the semester’s collection of music with family activity suggestions. Classes include parent education to help adults understand and enhance their child's music development. Families will also receive a quarterly e-newsletter and access to the national informative website. New families receive a DVD and booklet, "Music Together® At Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically"; a guide for parents and caregivers.
Summer tuition is $120 for the first child and $79 for siblings. Infant siblings born after 10/5/16 may attend for free in our Mixed Age classes.
Young Mixed Ages (0m-4y)
Wednesdays, September 13 - November 15; 12:15-1pm in Beacon
Sundays, September 10 - November 19; 9:45am in Beacon (No class 10/8)
For more information or to register please visit Music Together's website or email Sabrina at Director@MHMusicTogether.com to sign up for the demo class or for any questions.