Class Descriptions

Generations

Our Generations class is like that of Mixed Age/Family.* The difference is that the class is shared with senior residents living in the facility where class is held making our essential class even more of a community experience. (The photo posted here is from a class at the Ivy Lodge Assisted Living in Saugerties. The residents love being with the families and observing the children and the families bring their children to share in a true intergenerational and musical exchange. Currently there is a class running at The Thompson House at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.

Materials include 2 professionally recorded CD's, and a beautifully illustrated songbook. New families also receive a DVD and parent guide. *(Please also refer to the Mixed Age/Family class description.)

Photo by Karin Bruno

For more information about any of our classes, please contact Miranda at 845-657-2600 or click on contact us on the home page to reach us by e-mail. Thank you!

Mixed Ages - Summer - 6 classes

This is our essential Music Together® class is for children birth to 5 years. A child can attend our Mixed Age classes through all nine song collections. This class follows the recommendations of child development researchers &S211; grouping together children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style, community learning. Younger children can enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children, not quite ready for formal instruction, but old enough to participate in class completely independently, can build confidence and learn by leading the younger ones. Adults are happy because several children in a family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers &S211; parents, grandparents, nanny &S211; can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this community friendly, family music experience. New Materials include an app "Hello Everybody", a professionally recorded CD, and a beautifully illustrated songbook. New families a parent guide.  There is online activities through our Family Music Zone.  

Canta y Baila Conmigo®

Canta y Baila Conmigo creates a playful, interactive atmosphere where lanuage-learning is naturally and organically integrated into the music experience.  CyBC appeals to a wide variety of families, from native and heritage Spanish speakers to brand new Spanish-learners.  It is different from other early childhood lanugage offerings in that, rather than "teaching" Spanish vocabulary through songs, "CyBC teaches the "Spanish language through music."  Because of the quality of the music experience, families come for the language and stay for the music.

Each semester features a collection of carefully selected folk classics, familiar children's songs, and new adaptations of traditional songs and rhymes.  The repertoire authentically represents a wide varity of Spanish speaking regions and cultures, including Andea, Mexican, Afro-Hispano, Caribbean, Castillian, Argentine and more.  Along with the take home CD, families receive a songbook containing Spanish lyrics, sheet music, cultural notes, and an English Language Supplement for those who are learning Spanish.  CyBC features three music collections that are separate and unique from the nine Music Together song collections, and three more that are being created.

Mixed Ages - Summer - 5 Classes

This is our essential Music Together class is for children birth to 5 years. A child can attend our Mixed Age classes through all nine song collections. This class follows the recommendations of child development researchers &S211; grouping together children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style, community learning. Younger children can enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children, not quite ready for formal instruction, but old enough to participate in class completely independently, can build confidence and learn by leading the younger ones. Adults are happy because several children in a family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers &S211; parents, grandparents, nanny &S211; can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this community friendly, family music experience. New Materials include an app "Hello Everybody", a professionally recorded CD, and a beautifully illustrated songbook. New families a parent guide.  There is online activities through our Family Music Zone.