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Class length: 45 minutes
Music Together® is a series of mixed-age classes featuring music, playful movement activities, and instrumental jam sessions for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The class offers a research-based, developmentally appropriate music curriculum with emphasis on adult involvement and entire families enjoying and making music together. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child to class.
Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. By emphasizing actual music experiences rather than concepts about music, Music Together introduces children to the pleasures of making music instead of passively receiving it from CDs or TV.
Central to the Music Together approach is that young children learn best from the powerful role model of parents/caregivers who are actively making music. The program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and by facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home within the context of daily life.
Music Together is committed to helping families, caregivers, and early childhood professionals rediscover the pleasure and educational value of informal music experiences. All our teachers have successfully completed Music Together’s training program. Music Together applies the latest research in early childhood music development to the program. A curriculum pioneer since 1987.
What are classes like?
We begin each class by singing the Music Together Hello Song. During a 45-minute class, children and caretakers sing, dance, and play instruments as a community of musicians. We use songs without words, chants, and traditional favorites to explore music and learning in a fun and playful environment. We will dance together to feel how sound can affect our movement (i.e. eurythmics). We will play drums, maracas, rhythm sticks, sand blocks, or resonator bells as we learn about many aspects of music (i.e. keeping a steady beat, articulation, dynamics, etc.). We may use props like parachutes and ribbon sticks to move through space while further developing the link between sound and movement. At the end we sing a lullaby together and say Goodbye to our friends with the Music Together Goodbye Song.
How are classes structured?
Classes are structured in 9-10 week sessions. The songs are developed over the course of the session, which is why Music Together does not permit open enrollment. Enrollment is closed for the session after the 3rd week. If you miss the registration date for the current session, call our registrar (512-474-2331) to find out how you can get enrolled for the next session.
We offer Music Together at our Camp Craft Road location as well as at our satellite location, Christ Lutheran Church; 300 East Monroe, Austin, TX 78704. These classes are indicated as “CLC”.
(For classes during our Summer I 2018 session, please see the ACMS Original Classes page for options.)