In our Mixed-age Music Together class for newborns through 5 years old, you will find children and their families singing, dancing, and playing instruments together. There will be 8 to 12 children in each 45-minute class. You will come once a week and if you have to miss a class you can have 2 makeup classes during the session. You will hear laughter and a blend of diverse voices, and you will see smiles and looks of amazement and curiosity on the faces of parents and children. While some children sit in the laps of their parents or caregivers, others independently explore the room, the instruments, and their own movement in relation to the music. Some children are spontaneous singers and movers, while others are careful and astute observers. Even when your child gives no response or seems uninterested in listening or participating, important learning is still taking place. The young child's brain is twice as active as the adult brain and is soaking up the environment effortlessly and without fatigue and often reenacts the class once home!
Classes begin with the "Hello Song," in which each child is greeted individually. The music continues with selections from one of the nine Music Together collections (a new collection each session), which include well-known traditional songs and nursery rhymes, music from as far away as Africa and South America, and fun chants that allow children to focus on rhythm. Simple instruments and props such as sticks, shakers, drums, scarves, and balls may be used and explored however the children wish. Most children eagerly anticipate the instrument-play period—a real "jam session"—near the end of each class. Then comes a lullaby, a sweet time for parents or caregivers and children to reconnect. At the end of class, each child is acknowledged once again in the "Goodbye Song," and each also has the opportunity to strum the teacher's guitar or autoharp. This is another way Heartsong Music gives children a hands-on, experiential introduction to music. For many children, this is the highlight of their class time!
At the beginning of each session, in addition to receiving an illustrated songbook and two CDs, enrolled families will receive a code to access Music Together's Family Music Zone. There, you'll be able to download the songs from the current song collection, in addition to exploring fun content created just for you. To access the Family Music Zone, parents will create an account at www.musictogether.com/account using the code found on the inside back cover of the CD booklet.
In order to give children the richest music experience, it is important that you (and your child's other caregivers):
• Participate in class.
• Play the recording often.
• Have FUN!