Q: At what age is my child ready for music class?
- Your child is ready the moment (s)he is born! Babies are born exquisitely equipt to learn immersively from their environment by observing and interacting with the most important people in their lives. As soon as you are ready for your child to be in a group environment, your child is ready to be here learning. We encourage you to come try a class at your convenience to see how responsive and attentive children are to music, even at birth.
Q: Why should I bring my child to Music Together® classes?
- Music Together was first offered to the public in 1987 and pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum. Ongoing research at Music Together’s lab school in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as the research of others, continually informs Music Together’s work on program content and development, varied applications of the program, and teacher training. Everything we do in class has an educational purpose. Just ask one of our highly trained teachers!
Q: My child cannot sit through a class. Is this class right for him?
- Yes! Our class contains a lot of movement, both while seated and standing. We understand children learn in various ways, one being kinesthetically, which means through motion. Children as young as our students cannot be asked to sit when their bodies need to move. Our kinesthetic learners wander the room and participate in class wherever they land. Occasionally we need to redirect a behavior, such as running, that may end up injuring your child or another but for the most part, children are free to roam and explore while they participate in class.
Q: My child never moves a muscle during class and wants to be held the whole time. Is she getting anything out of it?
- Yes! Some children are observational in their learning style. They need to watch or listen to learn. To the untrained eye, this can appear as though the child is disengaged when, in reality, the child is taking in everything she needs in order to experiment with it later, once the class is finished. Listen and watch at home as you listen to your music outside of class. After a few weeks, your child will demonstrate to you how much she’s taken away by repeating the actions to her favorite song or singing to herself in her room.
- Non-participation can also happen when a child has a reserved personality. Learning to be in a social learning environment is an important skill for children to develop and it’s nice when it can happen before being dropped into a school setting. We encourage grownups not to push these children past great discomfort but to hold them and model the playful interaction in class through their own participation while offering the comfort their child needs to stretch this social muscle.
Q: My child has completed all 9 collections of the Music Together curriculum. Does that mean he’s finished at Music & Me?
- No! Children who begin our program young enough to cycle through to the song cycle they began with are ready to explore it again with new skills. It’s like revisiting an old friend. Some children may be more stimulated by the Masters class environment when they revisit their old music. This class is especially designed with the older preschooler in mind and taps into their creative needs and burgeoning independence. Children five-eight may be interested in exploring Rhythm Kids, which does come with new songs and a new approach to learning, albeit still playful.
Q: What class is most appropriate for my child and why are the classes mostly mixed-ages?
- The majority of our Music Together classes are for mixed-ages and are appropriate for kids birth to five. Because we approach learning in an immersive and developmentally appropriate way, honoring the age and stage of development for each child, children across this age range acquire music by exploring our activities in the ways most appropriate for them while having the added benefit of observing other children at varying levels of development.
- Running mixed-age classes allows a family with multiple children to participate together as a whole unit; not something typically found in educational or extra curricular activities. It supports the family bond and gives the whole family a way to play together in class and out.
- If you’ve ever watched babies study a room, they are invariably drawn to watch older children and they delight in all they see them do. Studies show that children benefit from a mixed-age learning environment. Younger children see older children modeling activities closer to their own developmental abilities making them eager to try what they see. Older children gain confidence being the acknowledged leaders in the classroom and learning how to properly engage socially with varying ages.
- We do offer an infant-specific class because pre-mobile babies are interacting with the world and their grownups in ways that change over the first nine to ten months and make them more ready for independent learning. We use this time in a child’s development to more directly address the special ways in which they are taking in information and further support the growing bond between adult and child. Should the timing of the babies class conflict with a parent’s schedule, the mixed-age class is equally appropriate and grownups can be coached through engaging the baby in all the special ways we do in the infant class.
Q: I’m worried about exposing my child to illness. How do you keep germs at bay?
- Keeping our classes healthy is a priority at Music & Me. We disinfect our instruments and props between each use, wipe down door handles and often touched surfaces daily and wash our hands religiously. Families or teachers experiencing illness are asked to stay home from class until they are past being contagious. We recognize that post viral coughs can last for weeks after a cold has resolved and some children cough due to asthma. Likewise, teething children often have runny noses that are unrelated to illness. Families in these situations do not need to stay home.
No matter how diligent we are, viruses often are in an incubation period for 36-48 hours before any symptoms present themselves, meaning you could be contagious before you know you’re sick. This is something none of us have control over, however, with best efforts, most of the time these colds can be avoided. (Keep in mind, if you are taking your child to the grocery store, children’s museums, play spaces and restaurants, you are as or more likely to be exposing him to illnesses.)
Q: Are there discounts for families with multiple children or for families who wish to take more than one class in a semester?
- Yes! Please visit the Tuition page for detailed information on our family discounts.