Music Together®: Music and movement classes for children from birth through age 7 and the grownups who love them!
Registration for Fall 2014 is now open.
Interested in attending one of our free demo classes in September? Click on "Demo Classes" in the menu above. Registration is required.
Are you looking for an engaging activity that will support your child's overall development, his or her cognitive, verbal, social, physical, emotional AND music development—and that will be 45 minutes of PURE FUN for you both each week? Come try Music Together!
We offer classes in Apple Valley, Arden Hills, Blaine, Forest Lake, Hudson, Hugo, Lakeville, Prior Lake, River Falls, St. Paul (Creative Kidstuff and Dancers Studio in the Midway area), Shoreview, Stillwater and Woodbury.
A Music Together Mixed Age Class...
- is an award-winning program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their accompanying adults
- uses a joyful, research-based curriculum that supports children's overall development
- offers mixed-age classes so siblings can be together
- features fall, winter, spring and summer sessions
- invites you to attend a free demonstration class to see if our program is a good fit for your family
At Music Together, our goal is to nurture each child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. We sing, dance, laugh and play rhythm instruments in a relaxed yet focused setting that enriches children’s musical environment and guides them toward a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
We recognize that all children are musical and that every child needs a stimulating, supportive musical environment to achieve basic music competence. We define this as the ability to sing in tune and move and sing with rhythmic accuracy, and to participate with pleasure and confidence in the wonderful human capacity for music making.
We teach ten-week fall, winter and spring sessions in all of the locations listed above and offer shorter summer sessions (eight-weeks) in most locations. We offer a series of free demonstration classes preceding each session or you can visit one of our on-going classes as a free demonstration class to see if Music Together is a good fit for your family. To find out how to register for a free demonstration class, go to our "Demo Classes" page.
Experience our classes...
- Children and adults sharing songs, chants, instrument play, dancing and movement in a relaxed, community setting during weekly classes.
- Music learned through carefully researched, developmentally appropriate activities that support and respect the unique learning styles of very young children while emphasizing and facilitating adult involvement.
- A mixed-age format, with children ranging from newborn (yes, newborn!) up to kindergarten in the same class for a family-style learning environment where siblings can participate together.
- Parents and caregivers learning to recognize musical behaviors and to understand the stages of musical development in early childhood in order to best support their children's development.
- Famiies taking home two copies of a new Music Together CD each session, an illustrated songbook, and for families new to our program, a DVD and accompanying booklet called “Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically” and a music development growth chart to help track their child's progress.
- FUN! Singing, dancing, laughing, playing and learning.
All Children are Musical!
The ability to sing, to dance, to express oneself musically is a wonderful part of being human. Before recorded music, many homes had pianos, guitars, or drums—and people knew how to play them. Family gatherings, special moments and daily routines were frequently accompanied by homemade music, and children learned the basics of singing and dancing naturally—by watching their parents and family members and joining in the fun.
Times have changed. We are now more likely to be consumers of music than active participants in creating it, and many children are growing up without the early musical experiences they need to learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence and pleasure in making music. Our goal at Music Together is to reverse this trend.
A curriculum pioneeer since 1987, Music Together began as an educational project of the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, whose purpose is to do original research on early childhood music development as well as to bring together the best existing research. Out of this effort have come the four principles on which Music Together is based:
1. All children are musical.
2. All children can achieve basic music competence which we define as the ability to sing in tune and in rhythm and to be able to have rhythmically accurate movements.
3. The participation and modeling of parents, regardless of their musical ability or experience, is essential to a child’s musical growth.
4. This growth is best achieved in a playful, developmentally appropriate, non-performance-oriented learning environment that is musically rich and diverse yet immediately accessible to the child’s—and the adult’s—participation.
Putting these principles into action in Music Together classes, we focus on the actual experience of music rather than teaching concepts or information about music. Research shows that children need to reach basic musical competency first, before stepping into learning about music. They need to first unlock the code for the music of our culture and they do this by listening to and experimenting with music.
If you would like to learn more about the history and educational philosophy of Music Together, as well as the practical nuts-and-bolts aspects of participating in our program, call us at 651.439.4219. We would be happy to discuss the program in more detail. You can also visit the Music Together national web site at www.MusicTogether.com where you’ll find an in-depth explanation of the program.
Your child can be delighted and amazed by music. Make the most of these special years by making music together.
There are many programs in the Twin Cities that offer early childhood music classes: Kindermusik, Musikgarten, Growing with Music, Gymboree and the MacPhail Center for the Arts. Give us a call to find out how Music Together is different!