Class Descriptions

Mixed-age

This is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, and when exploring musical instruments, free from age-specific expectations and comparisons. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience.

Each session features a new song collection and you will receive a copy of the illustrated songbook and 2 CDs as part of your tuition. In addition to the songbook and 2 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.

Please click on our Demo Scheduler or call us at 371-9506 to sign up to attend a free demo class!

Babies Class - Birth to 8 months only

A child is never too young to hear and respond to music or language! This version of our program has been especially designed to introduce babies from birth through 8 months and their parents and other caregivers to the Music Together experience. The music activities are based on cutting-edge research and have been carefully chosen to suit you and your baby.  You will meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating musical activities that you can recreate with your baby at home. The song collections are adapted specifically for the needs of infants and represent a balanced and rich vocabulary of music and movement for your baby's development and for your whole family to enjoy. 

Please click on our Demo Scheduler or call us at 371-9506 to sign up to attend a free sample class!

Generations Mixed Age Music Together

Reach out to the seniors in the Austin Community and share the joys of music making with them by participating in a Music Together Generations class. This is a mixed-age class (birth to 5) that takes place at an assisted living facility and includes the residents at the facility.  These classes create a joyful connection among generations and engage the residents' minds and bodies.  The classes are beneficial for staying mentally and physically alert and stir up cherished musical memories for the elderly participants. The classes also inspire the facility staff members to weave music into every day interactions with the elders. The classes help those Heartsong families who do not have grandparents in town by providing weekly interactions with the residents who become an extended family to our Heartsong families! Each weekly 45-minute class includes songs, chants, dancing and instrument play. The residents are invited to sit in a circle around the Heartsong families and participate in any way they are able and to join in on the fun and music making. 

Please click on our Demo Scheduler or call us at 371-9506 to try out this class for free!

Rhythm Kids Level 1 for ages 4-5

Rhythm Kids Level 1 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 Level 1 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 Level 1 follows through on the Music Together® vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age nine.

Classes are for preschoolers ages 4–5 and include:

• 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 rhythm skills, like keeping beat, improvising, ensemble play, and soloing

• Learn to create, cooperate, and express themselves musically. Drums will be provided for the class each week (or you can bring your own). Just add hands!

Parent participation is the hallmark of the Music Together program and parents attend with their children. You and your child will receive a songbook, two CDs, and HomePlay activities so that the entire family can continue in the fun and learning at home and you can stay connected with what your child is learning in class.

Enrolled families will also 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.

Additional information about Music Together Rhythm Kids Level 1:

• Younger children are not developmentally ready for the structure of a Rhythm Kids class. To be eligible, your child must have turned 4 by the first day of class.

• Rhythm Kids Classes are led by Carey YoungbloodAlyssa Cummings and Sally Nava. If you have a 4 or 5 year old, we invite you to attend a sample class, to experience the Rhythm Kids program and learn about the changing musical needs of your growing child! You can schedule this free class on our Demo Scheduler or call (512) 371-9506.

Watch the video below for a sneak peek into a Rhythm Kids class!

Rhythm Kids Level 2 for ages 5-9

Rhythm Kids Level 2 is an exciting music, movement, and drumming class for children age 5 through 9. Children integrate and assimilate rhythm into their 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 Level 2 follows through on the Music Together® vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age 9. 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 include:

• Weekly, 45-minute classes

• Animal Collection Songbook and CDs (2 copies) each semester

• Access to online video tutorials and play-alongs

Children will:

• 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 can bring to class) and drums are provided at Heartsong Music.

Additional information about Music Together Rhythm Kids Level 2:

• Every family enrolled in class receives a Music Together Rhythm Kids edition songbook with activities specially created for 5 through 9 year olds, two copies of the recording, weekly HomePlay activity pages, and access to 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. 

• Younger children are not developmentally ready for the structure of a Rhythm Kids class. To be eligible, your child must have turned 5 by the first day of class.

• While this can be a "drop-off" class, you (or another caregiver) should plan to attend the first and last class of the session. You may attend any and all classes if you wish. However, due to the structure of the Rhythm Kids class, we cannot accommodate younger siblings (except for babies younger than eight months). If you have a child in the Mixed-age class, you can take a class next door while your older child is in the Rhythm Kids class. They are both 45 minute classes.

• Rhythm Kids Classes are led by Carey YoungbloodAlyssa Cummings and Sally Nava. If you have a 5 through 9 year old, we invite you to attend a sample class, to experience the Rhythm Kids program and learn about the changing musical needs of your growing child! You can schedule this free class on our Demo Scheduler or call (512) 371-9506.

Watch the video below for a sneak peek into a Rhythm Kids class!

 

Music Together Guitar Class for Grownups

Music Together Guitar Class for Grownups was designed for parents and caregivers of children currently enrolled in a Music Together class. In this 90-minute class, you’ll learn basic guitar technique and selected songs from the current song collection so that you can make even MORE beautiful music at home. This class is good for beginners who have never held a guitar—good for people who know a little guitar, and great for people who already play some Music Together songs!

Sing and build technique and musicianship in an organic, relaxed way while learning new ways to explore Music Together songs with your child at home and on the road. And, it’s an enjoyable night out with other parents of small children. The class runs for 8 weeks. Participants receive a workbook and bring their own guitar, capo, and tuner. If you would like to learn to play guitar using Music Together songs as the vehicle, this is the class for you!

What's in a class:

A fun, supportive learning environment for adults that includes many aspects of the Music Together philosophy.

Instruction in chords, strums and finger picking, and good guitar technique; movement activities to assist with audiating both chording and rhythm; a variety of techniques to build strength, facility with changing chords, and good practice skills; and the opportunity to make up verses and do ensemble work, just like in a mixed-age class.


An opportunity for parents to socialize with other parents of young children, and an opportunity for the teacher to answer questions about children’s music development as well as guitar technique.


• Small classes and a relaxed group environment that fosters great relationships and participatory music-making

What You Get:

Students receive a collection-specific Guitar Workbook each semester, with an instructional guide, chord charts, and workbook pages for over a dozen songs, to complement the song collection’s family songbook and recording.


A family web page, featuring “How to Tune Your Guitar” video and other resources
 on MusicTogether.com/guitar.

 Please click on our Demo Scheduler or call us at 371-9506 to try out this class for free!