What can I expect from class?
Music Together® is designed for children ages birth through kindergarten. At Music Together we believe that music ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking, and that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of their culture. Music Together classes nurture the child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement as we sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich her musical environment and guide her towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment. Be prepared to move and sit in comfortable clothes and socks are required for all grown-ups and children.
Why aren’t there separate classes for different age groups?
This approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, and family relationships, as well as our 25 years experience in the field. In the 1980s, Music Together pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other: the babies are often fascinated by the older child, and the “big” children enjoy helping and sharing with the “little” ones. We do offer a baby music class 0-9 months of age for families at specific locations.
What is the class size?
Each class has 6- 12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s).
Why are second class choices required for registrations?
Availability in a class upon registration is based on the availability of the location, teacher, space in the class, and a minimum of 6 families registered in a class. The only part of this component that I know to be 100% true at the time of registration is that there is room in the class for someone to register. The location, teacher, and minimum 6 family minimum registration are typically 99% true.
Is there a discount for Twins and Triplets? YES!! YES!!!
Contact Us, or leave us a message at 718-229-0033 for details.
How many little boys in green and blue shirts do you see? This class has girl twins and boy triplets!
Can I bring my un-registered older sibling to class?
Throughout the semester, Music Together classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday. Older siblings of registered students may occasionally visit provided the older sibling is HEALTHY and that the visit is prearranged with the school office. Visitation spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. An older sibling is welcome to attend one time per session as our guest. After that there is a $25.00 guest fee.
Make-ups: What if I miss a class during the semester?
Families are allowed two makeups per semester. Make-ups are available at any location on a first come first served basis. You can schedule a make-up online.. (Please note: make-ups do not carry over from previous semesters). Any questions, leave us a message at 718.229.0033 and we will get back to you within 24 hrs.
Can I switch to a different class?
Changes can be made depending on class availability. There is a $25.00 class switching fee if you choose to change your class after the registration deadline.
What if I need to withdraw from class?
Families wishing to withdrawal from class must do so before the registration deadline for each semester which is 10 days before the start date of a given session. Families are responsible for class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal and all tuition fees are forfeited if the school office is not informed of your withdrawal before the registration deadline. If circumstances necessitate withdrawal from class, please call the office.
What if I start classes after the semester begins?
We understand that families may learn about our classes after our class session begins. We provide "catch -up classes" for late registrants to attend so that you have the opportunity to get in all of your classes for that session. Note that you still have your 2 "make-up' classes for each session. Late registration will be customized on a case by case basis.
Can we eat in class?
Please feel comfortable to nurse your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms. This is due to cleanliness and the fact that we do not know what allergies children in the class may or may not have.
Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class? YES!
Both or either parent, grandparents or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time – no need to ask. Two grown-ups are always welcome to attend class with a child. Please let us know if you have out of town family visiting that wants to attend with you on a given class.Whole family music making in your home is extremely valuable to your child's musical development, and attending class occasionally helps the other family members to join in at home.
As a parent, what is my role in class?
Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing. Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. Support the creation of a music only environment while in class by not talking to your children or other adults during the 45 minutes. Since it is difficult for a young child to mask out adult conversation please wait to socialize till after class, and instead contribute to the creation of a musical environment for the children to absorb.
Try not to give verbal directions. It can be tough to restrain the impulse to give your child directives such as "Do what she is doing, hold your instrument this way” but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself! Wandering toddlers is fine, but If you want your child to come back to you, avoid calling to him from across the room. If necessary, redirect your child physically back to you or the circle. Of course watch out for your child’s safety, but mostly your job is to just relax, and have fun!
How should we use the Music Together Materials?
Play your CD at home and in the car as frequently as possible, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make it available to your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Use the songbook to help you remember the songs or to play along if you play an instrument. Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book, and sing through the songs as you go along. Looking at the printed notes on the page will help children understand that music is something that can be read, like words. The language of music on a page will be familiar to your child/ren and help them when they are more ready for formal music instruction, typically when they are school aged. Imagine, your child will have the confidence to look at music notation and not be intimidated. Their love of music can continue to thrive.
New Music Together parents receive our introductory DVD “Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically”. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of things covered in the video. We are also happy to discuss your child's individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class. If you are a returning student and it has been months or years since you have read the Parent Guide or seen the new DVD, reread it or ask for a copy of the DVD today! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child's music development.
Where can I buy some of the instruments we have in class?
Instruments are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from: MusicTogether.com
May I bring a camera to class
Occasionally classes at Music Together are professionally photographed and/or videotaped. These photographs/videos are sometimes used for publicity purposes. By attending our classes you give us permission to use photos and videos for these purposes. We will NEVER identify you or your child by name in any photo or videos. Our classes are participatory and educational experiences between adults and children, we ask our families to please refrain from taking photo or video during class time,however we welcome pictures before or after class.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Gift certificates towards Music Together classes at any Mommy, Music, & Me, inc. location may be purchased online in our store at any time. It makes a very thoughtful and long lasting baby shower, birthday, or holiday gift. Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts. Let us know if you would like it sent directly to the recipient or to the purchaser.
Do you do Birthday Parties? YES!
After a spectacular 45 minute music making experience with participating grown-ups and children birth through 5 yrs. of age, everyone is ready to eat and have birthday cake! We will bring everything needed to make music in your home or other birthday venue. It is always an honor to celebrate your child's birthday with your family and friends. Contact Us or leave us a message at 718-229-0033 for pricing and ask us about available birthday party space ideas.