Class Descriptions

Show classes for:
MUSIC TOGETHER Mixed-Aged (Newborn-Age 4)

This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age four 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, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. Adults, regardless of musical ability, can help create an environment that supports children achieving basic music competence. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience. Parents receive a songbook, a CD of songs, chants, tonal and rhythm patterns, DVD outlining the current research on early childhood music development, as well as an access code for the Music Together online Family Music Zone with a downloadable version of the CD.

MUSIC TOGETHER Babies (Newborn-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 eight months and younger at the time of registration may attend a Mixed Ages Class, whether registered on their own or attending free with an older brother or sister. Babies may also take the special “Babies Class” offered as a one or two semester introduction to Music Together. The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in babies. Meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby. Parents receive a songbook, a CD of songs, chants, tonal and rhythm patterns, DVD outlining the current research on early childhood music development, as well as an access code for the Music Together online Family Music Zone with a downloadable version of the CD. s well as an access code for the Music Together online Family Music Zone with a downloadable version of the CD.

MUSIC TOGETHER Older Kids (Age 3-5)

This is for (experienced!) 3-5 year old children who have had a lot of Music Together and are ready for something a little different. Content includes playing rhythm-patterns, improvisation, introduction to musical concepts, children conducting, and dramatic play. Caregivers accompany the children. Younger siblings are also allowed in class although activities are geared towards older children. Parents receive a songbook, 2 CDs of songs, chants, tonal and rhythm patterns, as well as DVD outlining the current research on early childhood music development. Parents receive a songbook, a CD of songs, chants, tonal and rhythm patterns, DVD outlining the current research on early childhood music development, as well as an access code for the Music Together online Family Music Zone with a downloadable version of the CD.

CANTA Y BAILA CONMIGO Mixed-Age (Newborn- Age 5)

Canta y Baila Conmigo™ is music and movement in Spanish for children 0-5 and their adult caregivers. It is a unique program that combines music education and language immersion. With Canta y Baila Conmigo™ you and your child will be transported as you sing, dance and play to the irresistible sounds and rhythms of Spanish speaking cultures. Designed for beginners and native speakers alike, Canta y Baila Conmigo™ creates a playful, interactive atmosphere where language learning is integrated naturally and organically in the musical experience. Each semester of Canta y Baila Conmigo™ features a different collection of carefully selected folk classics, familiar children’s songs and new adaptations of traditional songs and rhymes, all beautifully arranged and recorded for the family take-home CD. In addition to the CD, families receive a songbook containing Spanish lyrics, sheet music, cultural information, and an English Language supplement for Spanish learners with song translations and language notes.

CANTA Y BAILA CONMIGO Preescolares (Age 3-5)

Join us for the same beloved parent/child class in Spanish, this time geared to ages 3-5. A focus on role play, imagination, and even pre-literacy skills that's "just right" for this curious, active age group. Each semester of Canta y Baila Conmigo Preescolares™ features a different collection of carefully selected folk classics, familiar children’s songs and new adaptations of traditional songs and rhymes, all beautifully arranged and recorded for the family take-home CD. In addition to the CD, families receive a songbook containing Spanish lyrics, sheet music, cultural information, and an English Language supplement for Spanish learners with song translations and language notes.

CANTA Y BAILA CONMIGO Niños Grandes (Age 5-7)

This Canta y Baila Conmigo™ class is specifically geared toward early school-aged kids, who are still at a critical point in both their music and language development. Canta y Baila Conmigo™ Niños Grandes capitalizes on the enthusiasm and growing independence of this age group. Using the same music collection as the parent-child class, Niños Grandes expands older kids’ learning experience through role play, more complex rhythm and melodic activities, improvisation and cooperative games. The goals of the class are for kids to expand their communication skills in the Spanish language, deepen their music-making experience, and strengthen social and interpersonal skills. Parents are encouraged to join in for the last 10 minutes of class. Niños Grandes is perfect for kids who have “graduated” from the parent-child class format, and as always, welcomes all levels of Spanish.

RHYTHM KIDS (Age 3-5)-Drum Like an Animal

Drum Like an Animal is Rhythm Kids for Preschoolers! Class involves drumming, singing, dancing and age-appropriate, but equally as fun, music games. This is way more than just a drumming class with our main focus being to develop rhythm using the voice, the body, and the instrument. Our class format and activities strengthen and draw out a child's natural sense of rhythm while they have FUN!. Caregivers attend and drum along with us!

RHYTHM KIDS Big Kids (Age 5-10)

Rhythm Kids™ is a dynamic and innovative program for children age 5-10. After Music Together classes and before a child is ready for private lessons, Rhythm Kids™ is the next step in a child's musical development. This program helps children integrate and assimilate rhythm into their lives. With a lighthearted and innovative teaching approach, children (ages 5 to 10) learn multicultural music, rhythms, movement and drumming all while they HAVE FUN! Parents receive a CD, handouts, and video support to reinforce the rhythms learned in class. Caregivers drop off their children for this class, but are welcome to come drum with us at the end of class each day.

RADIANT CHILD YOGA Little Yogis (Age 4-6)

Little yogis (ages 4-6) learn yoga breathing, postures and meditation in each hour class. Imagination is key with this age group! Activities like “blowing out birthday candles” help us tune in and help little yogis learn yoga breathing. We go on yoga adventures! “Traveling” to faraway lands, little yogis are guided through poses that represent all that they encounter. A tree, a mountain, a lion in the jungle! Music is incorporated into each class to help students remain engaged and relaxed and to reinforce the positive messages of the yoga practice through thoughtful and kid-friendly lyrics. Deep relaxation is always followed by a simple meditation. Each class ends with a mindful game, activity or simple art project. Little yogis will leave class with a weekly “homework” assignment to continue their practice at home (for example a coloring page with a new yoga pose, instructions to practice the meditation learned in class, etc.) Little Yogis (Age 4-6) receive a canvas tote bag, a kids yoga mat, and a silk meditation eye pillow. Simple meditation props such as gemstones and feathers will be handed out during the series. (Parents may participate or observe at this class)

RADIANT CHILD YOGA Big Yogis (Age7-9)

Big Yogis (ages 7-9) will continue to explore the joys of yoga as they practice more physically challenging postures to build strength, balance and focus in their one-hour class. Yoga breathing, postures and meditation will be included in all classes. Big yogis focus on building strong body and breath awareness, cooperative skills, and self-confidence. Children will help “teach” the yoga adventures – calling upon creativity and imagination whilst building leadership skills. Activities like partner yoga enforce cooperative learning and are great fun! Deep relaxation is always followed by meditation or a simple chant. Each class ends with a mindful game, activity or simple art project. Big yogis will leave class with a weekly “homework” assignment to continue their practice at home (for example, practice teaching a posture for class the following week, instructions to practice the meditation learned in class, etc.) Big Yogis (Age 7-9) receive a canvas tote bag, a kids yoga mat, and a silk meditation eye pillow. Simple meditation props such as gemstones and feathers will be handed out during the series. (Parents may drop-off or observe this class.)

GROOVY GLEE One (Age 5-6)

Groovy Glee One is a music class for 10-15 children ages 5-6 who love to sing and dance. It's a funky and fun way to experience the joy of community music making. Each week kids warm up their voices and bodies with vocal and movement exercises, focusing on singing pitches accurately and moving to the beat.Groovy Glee will also be an introduction to part singing, teaching the children to learn to sing one thing while someone next to them sings something else. We will practice this skill first by singing rounds and ostinatos. Throughout the semester, children learn songs of various styles, such as: pop, folk, gospel, rock, musical theater, and incorporate some simple choreography. The teacher accompanies the class with guitar and piano playing. Classes meet for 50 minutes, for 12 weeks, and the 13th week children participate in a concert performing the songs they learned for their family and friends.(Parents may drop-off or observe this class) No auditions required.

GROOVY GLEE Two (Age 7-9)

Groovy Glee Two is a music class for 15-20 children ages 7-9 who love to sing and dance. It's a funky and fun way to experience the joy of community music making. Each week kids warm up their voices and bodies with vocal and movement exercises, focusing on singing pitches accurately and moving to the beat. Groovy Glee will also be an introduction to part singing, teaching the children to learn to sing one thing while someone next to them sings something else. We will practice this skill first by singing rounds and ostinatos, and begin to sing songs in two-part harmony as a chorus. Throughout the semester, children learn songs of various styles, such as: pop, folk, gospel, rock, musical theater, and incorporate some simple choreography. The teacher leads the class with guitar and piano playing. Classes meet for an hour, for 12 weeks, and the 13th week children participate in a concert performing the songs they learned for their family and friends. (Parents may drop-off or observe this class) No auditions required.