Mixed-Age Music Classes for Kids
Babies through 5 years
The cornerstone of the Music Together® program is our Mixed-Age music class, for children from birth through age 5—and the grownups who love them!Gathering babies, toddlers, and preschoolers together makeseach class fun for all. There are lots of group activities for kids out there,
but Music Together offers a true family music class for the youngest infant to the oldest great-grandparent, and everyone in between.
Imagine an extended family with a dozen or more kids and a bunch of caring adults,
and you'll get the idea!
Each week, a trained Music Together teacher leads the class in singing,dancing, and playing songs that range from tender lullabies to boisterousjams using child-friendly percussion instruments. Our award-winning music,
illustrated songbook, and other print and online resources will help you continue the music-making fun at home and nurture your child’s musical growth—even if you don't think of yourself as a great singer or dancer. Like parenting, making music requires no previous experience or expertise, just a willingness to get down on the floor and get silly with your child!
Take a listen here or download our Hello Everybody app for eight free songs!
The Rationale for Mixed-Age Classes
Music Together was the first early childhood music program to offer music classes for mixed ages. Child development researchers have known for a long time 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.
Benefits of Music for Kids
Read more about the benefits of music for children on the Music Together Blog.
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Babies Music Class: A Great Start
Newborns through 5 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. Even wee babies are alert to
musical sounds and respond to melody and rhythm and you’ll learn
musical ways to interact and bond with your baby,
support their brain development, and nurture their inner musician.
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! (Food, clothing, and shelter are useful, too.)
You'll also learn to recognize which of your baby's behaviors are musical
so that you can support their development (link) 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!