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You can enroll your newborn and infant in our regular classes because babies are born into a world of bigger people and they know how to learn from the world around them.
Younger siblings of enrolled children can attend class for free up to 8 months.
You may also decide to enroll in our BABIES class for one session. This class is for newborns and infants up to 8 months old. In this class we spend more time addressing the specific developmental aspects of your newborn's brain. After this class, we ask that you "mainstream" into our regular, mixed-age classes.
Why music classes for babies?
Because babies begin their musical
processing earlier than you think:
- babies start
developing the auditory system and musical memories(!) in utero
- the rate at
which a baby learns during his/her first six months is NEVER achieved
- by 6 months a
child is already filtering out music not of their own culture
Should I wait until my baby is
bigger and can do more?
- You'll be
missing an opportunity to support that developing brain when it is most
primed for musical input.
- First we have
to take it in, then we can put it out there. Children can only
express their musicality in a purposeful way after they have developed
some degree of musical competence
Waiting until a toddler is able sing and dance before coming to
class means having missed an opportunity to support that child’s early
- Babies love
watching those older kids, and having babies in class gives those bigger
kids a chance to be big in front of the babies.
Is a baby music class a class with
NO!- not at Music Together!
- The Music
Together repertoire consists of a well-rounded complement of tonalities
and rhythms and world musics. The
recordings highlight different instrumentations and often showcase
interesting melodic layerings and rhythmic variations.
- your baby's
brain can and SHOULD be exposed to a rich variety of music. Consider
this: between 6 and 9 months is the period of the greatest visible number
of neural synapses in the brain. After
that, there seems to be pruning. This
is good reason for exposing very young children to lots of different kinds
Is the music too grown up?
- just as we
speak to our kids using words that are more sophisticated than the
expressive vocabulary of child, so we should immerse the children in music
that they are not yet able to produce themselves.
- we don't just
talk to our children with one part of speech like nouns or just verbs- we
give them the whole syntax. So we should also immerse the children
in the full language of music so they can eventually become fluent!
Do I want my baby in a class with bigger
- Humans aren't
generally born in litters. Instead, children have evolved to learn
best in a MIXED AGE environment.
- Your baby is
learning in a developmentally appropriate way- he/she is watching and
perhaps mouthing the instruments. He/she is cooing, kicking or bouncing in
response to the music. The big kids are doing their thing, and your baby
is enthralled. Babies love to be with you, that's for sure, but let them
be with those other children- because they really love that, too!
- The grown ups
are modeling how to sing and dance and follow directions- the bigger kids
are modeling the next step for your baby. And perhaps they are
choosing to engage your child in a way that only an older child can.
Is this a Mommy and Me Music class? Or can I sit back and watch?
You've got to participate! Music
Together is an “Adult and Me” activity where participation from the grown-ups
is a must.
learn best from having the adults with whom they have a bond model the
music making for them. That’s why
our Music Together classes rely on the adults to sing and dance. The children learn by watching and soon
enough by experimenting themselves.
Together is an INFORMAL learning environment. For the CHILDREN,
activities are FREELY CHOSEN- but in order for them to understand what is
going on, they have to see YOU DOING IT!
Together is a NON-PERFORMANCE oriented program. We don't make the
children do anything! But you have to copy the teacher :-) to model
the behavior. When your child does something musical or reaches a
musical milestone, we celebrate it!
- Your child
may choose not to participate in class- and surprise you by doing
everything at home! Wonderful! But if you don't model the
behavior in class, your child may wrongly learn that only teacher sings
and dances. He/she may not be inspired to try to do it him/herself!
My child's sleep schedule is
erratic. How can I keep to a specific time?
hard! Try your best- but if you miss your appointed time- know that:
- Our make-up
policy is UNLIMITED! (Who does that?!!) Naomi is a mom. She
- In the
alternative, you can come to class while your child is still sleeping.
Parents do it all the time. The kids usually wake up. And they
wake up happy- because it's so interesting in class!
part of what you are learning in class is a repertoire of things to do
with your child. Don't miss out on that if you can help it!
- Naomi will
try to accommodate your changing schedules to the best of her
ability. Keep your eyes on the prize: learning to sing on key and to
keep a steady beat. The process to get there will be during those
early years. Your child will go through lots of phases during that
time. We'll do our best to keep the music-learning going throughout
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So don’t wait to take your child to
a music class! Enjoy the mix of ages and stages in the room! The music can and should be interesting! Be a beloved adult who sings and dances for
your child. It’s good for your soul and
good for your child’s developing brain.