(0 – 3 ½ years)
Did you know that all children are musical?
Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability?
Experience Music Together® and find out how important--and how fun--your role can be! Our Music Together classes build on your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement. We create an environment in which your child's musical aptitude is nurtured and skills such as listening, language, balance and social interaction are developed. We have so much fun in music class. It's a family experience where we celebrate each other while sharing music, movement, and a little silliness.
Materials: Includes digital download and CD of music, as well as a Read-at-Home Book with lyrics and illustrations. Parents may also purchase a baby instrument pack: 2 all-natural, wooden rhythm instruments, wooden rattle, peek-a-boo scarf and earth-friendly, cloth carrying pouch. ($18)
Music Together (0 – 3 ½ years)
FALL SESSION ( 10 WEEKS)
Outdoor classes will be held at 617 Berkshire Drive in Park Forest
Indoor classes will be held at The Music Academy: 2790 W. College Avenue, State College
For class locations and updates to the calendar, please also see the registration form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my child won’t sit still?click arrow to expand
Young children are learning to move and moving to learn! Every class has a balance between sitting and moving and playing instruments, which meets the needs of most children. Some toddlers have just learned to walk, and they do it almost constantly and at a high speed! Other children may quietly watch, observing but not participating for weeks on end. All children are learning if they are in the room! As long as your child is not posing a major distraction to other children and is not destroying anything in the room, let them wander, but model for them the activity we are doing. Most children eventually join in when they see how much fun you are having!
Can your classes help my shy child?click arrow to expand
Our classes offer a safe, nurturing environment where very shy children often flourish. We believe in the Montessori principle of “Follow the Child,” so your child is never forced into an activity they are not ready for. Many children come out of their shell over the course of the semester and enjoy the community music making our classes provide. Children are especially motivated if their accompanying adult is participating in a relaxed, pleasant manner. Forcing a child to participate may negatively color his perception of music and music class. With patience and understanding shy children flourish in music classes.
What do we do in music class?click arrow to expand
A lot! Every activity has been carefully chosen for its musical, social, cognitive, aural, gross motor, fine motor and/or speech benefit to your child. Our classes use a lot of singing games, focused listening activities, simple instrument playing and movement to engage your child in the most beneficial way. The best part is, your child is having so much fun bouncing, dancing, singing, thinking and playing, they have no idea how many skills they are absorbing!
How early can I tell if my child is musically talented?click arrow to expand
Research shows that ALL children have musical potential, and that it is highest in very young children! Aptitude in rhythm and melody can both be significantly developed through musical pattern activities and through joyful singing, movement, and listening to high quality music in early childhood. Frequent musical interaction between parent and child at home is a key to developing the child’s potential. When you enroll your child in a music class, you are helping them to develop the musical potential they already have, instead of allowing it to gradually decline as they get older.
This class is fun, but when should my child start seriously studying music, such as taking violin or piano lessons?click arrow to expand
I truly believe that children in these classes are building a strong musical foundation in the most developmentally appropriate way. Young children are much more interested in singing, dancing and trying out instruments than in intense, focused practicing 30 minutes a day. It is exciting to see them develop musical skills and literacy in this playful music environment. Usually they are far ahead when they do begin to study an instrument around the age of seven. Many children who complete the last level of Musikgarten instruction, the keyboard class, can play up to 20 songs with melody and chords, in several different keys, and can read song patterns in traditional music notation. A strong foundation has been laid, their ears have been trained, and the instrument is just another level to their musicality, which comes very naturally.
Understand that all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Some children will be quiet in class, others will be active. Some children will do everything perfectly at home, but not in class. As a parent, you know that every child is unique, so check your comparisons at the door and let the music work it's magic!