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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, 2 CDs of songs, chants, tonal and rhythm patterns, as well as DVD outlining the current research on early childhood music development.

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.

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, and dramatic play. Caregivers accompany the children. Younger siblings are also allowed in class. 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.

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.

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.)

Somerville First Time Mom's-Music Together Class

This is a special 6-week Music Together class designed for Somerville First Time Mom's members ONLY. The 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, 2 CDs of songs, chants, tonal and rhythm patterns, as well as DVD outlining the current research on early childhood music development.