OUR PROGRAMS ARE DESCRIBED HERE.
MIXED AGE/FAMILY CLASS (Birth to 5 years) – the essential Music Together® class
This 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 – 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 – parents, grandparents, nanny – can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this community friendly, family music experience. Materials include 2 professionally recorded CD's, and a beautifully illustrated songbook. New families also receive a DVD and parent guide. A video is posted here
MUSIC TOGETHER GENERATIONS/MIXED AGE FAMILY CLASS (Birth to 7 years)
Our Generations class format is like that of Mixed Age/Family. The difference is that the Generations class is shared with senior residents living in the facility where class is held. The residents join the teacher and families each week for class, making our essential class even more of a community experience. The residents love being with the families and seeing the children and the families offer their children a true intergenerational and musical exchange. 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.) Please watch the video here:
BABIES ONLY (Birth through 8 months)
Every child's development benefits from early exposure to music and movement. Because the early months are so important, Music Together® offers two options for babies. Babies 8 months and younger at the time of registration may attend a Mixed Age Class, whether registered independently or attending free with an older brother or sister. Families with infants are also invited to take our Babies Only class, offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together. (The Babies Only class is intended for infants who are not yet moving around and therefore, cannot be repeated). The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents and caregivers who want to learn as much as possible about music development in babies. In class you will meet other parents of infants and learn some fascinating music activities you can repeat at home with your baby. Materials include 2 professionally recorded CD's, a songbook and parent education materials. The fee for the class is $145.00. There is a one-time non-refundable fee of $15.00 for new families.
The term is 8 weeks and meets for 45 minutes. Reservations are required. If you have questions about the Babies class not answered here, please contact Miranda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sign up for the Babies Only Free Trial click here: Babies Only Free Trial Class (Demo)
Testimonial: BABIES CLASS
My son and I started taking the babies' class with Miranda Haydn when he was 10 weeks old. At the beginning, I felt like the class was mostly for me: it gave me the chance to take my son out of the house, to meet other parents with young children, and to learn about what I could do to help stimulate my child's musical development. Soon, however, it became as appealing to him as to me, and he started to respond to the music and to the stimulation of being surrounded by other children near his developmental level. He began kicking his legs in excitement, watching the older babies play instruments, and smiling in response to dancing parents. By the last session, he was even able to vocalize his interest in what was going on around him: he called out a response in the key of the song! Another sign that my son was learning throughout the course was that he would stay awake--wide-eyed and observant--for each class and then nap deeply afterward. It was clear that the exercises were well designed for his age, that they stimulated him a lot, and that he was comfortable in the climate that Miranda created. I would heartily recommend this course for anyone with a baby, but especially to those who have just had their first child and are looking for an educational experience to share with them.
--Katharine Holt (or, "a mother in Saugerties")
MUSIC TOGETHER RHYTHM KIDS FOR 4 - 5 YEAR OLDS
(PARENTS OR CAREGIVERS ATTEND)
Rhythm Kids 4 - 5 is the next musical step for your preschool child (ages 4 - 5) with a parent or caregiver. Each week we drum, sing, dance, play rhythm instruments, and begin to play music-based games. Rhythm Kids 4 - 5 guides children toward developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, where they can begin to take charge, lead others and be musically creative as they:
* Make up their own drumming patterns;
* Invent new ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, sticks, etc);
* create movement ideas for songs;
* and even take a drum solo!
Rhythm Kids 4 - 5 follow through on the Music Together® vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age eight.
Classes are for preschoolers ages 4 - 5 and include:
* 10 weekly, 45 minute classes
* Animal Collection Songbook and 2 CDs each semester
* Access to online drum-play videos and other material
Your child will:
* Explore the world of rhythm through movement, instrument play and song
* Develop basic skills, like keeping beat, improvising, ensemble play and soloing
* Learn to create, cooperate, and express themselves musically
RHYTHM KIDS LEVEL 2 (K - 2)
Rhythm Kids K - 2 is an exciting music, movement and drumming class for children in Kindergarten through second grade (ages 5 - 8). Children integrate and assimilate rhythm into their daily lives, as they:
* Learn multicultural drumming patterns;
* develop new repertoire on various percussion instruments;
* explore movement and dance while singing songs;
* play games based on music and drumming;
* have fun with a host of rhythm activities.
Rhythm Kids follows through on the Music Together® vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age 8. As part of the Rhythm Kids experience, children and their grownups can enjoy drumming play and practice sessions at home with the help of online play-along videos featuring Rhythm Kids creator Tom Foote.
Classes are for children K - 2 (ages 5 through 8) and include:
* 10 weekly, 45 minute classes
* Animal Collection Songbook and CDs (2 copies) each semester
* Access to online video tutorials and play-alongs
* Learn, create, discover and explore music, movement and drumming
* Enjoy age-appropriate ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, tambourines, etc).
* Explore traditional drumming patterns through animal names and movements
* Experience drumming, song, and dance from around the world (Mali, Puerto Rico, Turkey, etc.)
* Find new ways to connect mind, body, and voice through rhythm
* Develop skill in improvising, soloing, conducting, composition and improvisation
* Participate in active musical games that are both enriching and totally fun!
Students should have their own hand drum for use at home and in class.