What makes Music Together® special? Your child is having FUN, while getting a research based music education.
We believe: All children are musical. No matter what your musical background is we teach you to nurture the musical growth of your child.
What happens in class?
45 minute classes: We sing, dance, play with drums, bells, shakers, castanets, ribbon wands, ukuleles and more.
Your child learns to sing on pitch and tap to the beat in a NURTURING setting.
Classes have a maximum of 12 children, with newborns to five year olds, including their adult caregivers.
Can I register late for a class? Yes! We accept registration up to the 5th week. Simply schedule make-ups for the missed classes.
Should I expect my child to sing, dance and play instruments in class? They do not need to do anything! It is a RELAXED environment. Children will tend to naturally develop their musicality by coming to class.
How many caregivers can attend? All adult caregivers are welcome. You can bring grandparents, nannies etc. Why? You, and the adult caregivers around your child, are your child's most important role models. Children learn from watching you and listening to the adults in their lives
Do adults sing and dance? Yes! We welcome all voices, regardless of musical ability.
Can one adult bring 2 children? Yes. We have many nannies and parents come with one adult supervising two children.
What if my child is shy or needs to move? We are highly inclusive. We welcome shy and outgoing children, gentle observers and bouncy movers.
What if my child needs to wander? Wandering is very normal for toddlers as they are just learning how to walk. They often need to explore the room. Wandering for a two year old and older is perfectly natural as well. We do request that two year olds are gently guided to learn not to run in class for the safety of the infants. However, we know that this is a learning process and that this will take time.
Will my child do anything in class or at home? Research shows the what children learn in class will often show up at home, rather than in the classroom. Some children will attend two or three semesters before you see them doing anything musical at all.
A digital download, 2 CDs, a songbook, and a parent DVD are included in the price! You get new award winning song collections that change each semester for 3 years. The songs vary, to keep variety and stimulation for your child's brain, along with a few songs that are done every class for stability.
What if my child's nap schedule changes and we need to switch classes within a semester? We encourage children to stay with the same classmates to foster community and stability for your child. However, if you need to change classes we will do our very best to switch you, but we cannot guarantee it.
If I need to switch classes, what is more important, the teacher, or the program? The program! If you need to switch class times and teachers, the most important thing for your child is to stay consistent with the Music Together program. This is how their musical development will be given the maximum advantage.
Are the classes appropriate for 2.5 to 5 years old? Yes! Developmentally our classes are truly designed for ages 0 - 5. "Big kids" are in the perfect place to learn pitch and rhythm in a stimulating environment. If they so desire they get a special opportunity to be engaged in the class in a way which helps the imaginative process and leadership skills. Plus they learn about community building and socialization.
Why mixed ages classes? Research at the Music Together® center in Hopewell, New Jersey has shown that mixed ages classes are the best for a child and for the whole family.
The children learn from one another in this family setting. The infants look up to the bigger kids as role models and become entranced with the older children. The older children can become helpers in class, learn to be nurturing and can become a "role model." Parent's let go of comparing children of the same age and simply relax into the family environment.
Is my infant too young? We have had hundreds of infants that started with us at 2 months or 2 weeks! It is amazing to watch infants develop musically as they stay with us for semester after semester. Research shows that 0 - 8 months is a powerful time for your child to absorb basic pitch and rhythm. Infants begin to gently move to the rhythm of the music, make sounds that are on pitch and many other beautiful pre-verbal responses.
As infants become toddlers they have had the advantage of starting so young with the classes and are, therefore, much more comfortable in a musical environment. Both babies classes and mixed ages classes are appropriate for infants.
How long does it take to develop basic pitch and rhythm? The Music Together program is designed to take 3 years in a relaxed, non-performance oriented setting. However each child develops at their own pace and there is no prescribed formula.
Travel plans? Illness? A maximum of 4 Make-up classes are allowed per semester (with the exception of the 3 week session which allows one make-up). Make-ups are very easy to schedule and cancel by yourself on our website. We suggest you schedule your make-ups at the beginning of the semester if you know you will miss a class. Please stay home if you or your child are ill/contagious in any way and use a make-up.
Do make-ups transfer to the next semester? No. Make-ups do not transfer to the following semester.
Are you a drop in program? We are not a drop-in program. We intentionally create a consistent environment for your child to get to know the teachers and the other children in their class. For liability & safety purposes all children that are relatives, friends etc. will not be able to attend unless they are registered with our center. We do allow a very occasional older sibling drop-in. Please read below:
What about older sibling drop-ins? We prefer that you make an effort to make other arrangements for your older sibling. However, if you cannot find another arrangement you can pay a $20.00 drop-in fee for each older sibling.You can pay using our store.
Easy Muni access: 6,71, 43, 37 and N Judah are within blocks from our central locations and there is easy daytime street parking.