Will my toddler be upset if there
are babies in the room?
- We've worked
with 1000s of toddlers, and they behave like big brothers and sisters in
the presence of babies.
alternate between ignoring and engaging with the babies (like at
still look to their grown-ups for instruction
- The research
shows that all children learn best in a MIXED AGE environment
- In a class of
just big kids, a child might perform in class earlier, but our focus is on
LEARNING not on PERFORMING. Your child should be interested in
exploring and experimenting on his/her own time in his/her own way.
By having children of different ages/stages in the room together, your
child will do what makes sense for him/her when it is appropriate.
There is NO PERFORMANCE pressure in a Music Together class
- Some younger
children are more advanced musically than their older friends...
especially if they began taking Music Together classes as young infants
and the toddlers in the room just started. A toddler who is more
advanced socially or physically will not be threatened by a younger child
who might be doing some musical things that are more advanced.
Do I want my toddler in a music
class with infants?
- Humans aren't
generally born in litters. Instead, children have evolved to learn
best in a MIXED AGE environment.
- Your child is
learning in a developmentally appropriate way- he/she is watching and
perhaps participating, while the babies are watching your child (as well
as the grown-ups.)
- Your child is
alternating between being delighted by the babies and ignoring them.
That's what bigger kids do when their with babies. It's the natural
- The grown ups
are modeling how to sing and dance and follow directions- your child is
watching and maybe also modeling for the babies! Your child is
alternating between being a baby him/herself and taking a leadership role.
- Rest assured,
your child is learning. There's a lot going on in class musically,
and whether or not babies are there is probably weighing heavily on your
mind, not your child's!
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!
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