All children are musical. That is a fundamental belief driving the Music Together philosophy.
As your baby grows, he babbles, learns to communicate through movement and sound and eventually through words. It is our hope that this program will allow you and your child to play, move, sing and dance together in a safe, supporting atmosphere. These classes create a foundation for your child to truly love and enjoy music making throughout his life.
Mixed-Age Class: September 25th-December 6th
Monday: Ann Pfeifer 9:45AM, 11:00AM
Monday: Suzannah Norris 5:00PM
Tuesday: Ann Pfeifer 9:45AM (waiting list only), 11:00AM
Wednesday: Ann Pfeifer 5:00PM (waiting list only), 6:00PM (waiting list only)
Tuition includes classes once a week for 10 weeks, two CD’s and a songbook.
- tuition $140
- tuition for families returning from the Summer semester $130
- additional siblings under 9 months – Free!
- one or more siblings 9 months and over – $40.00
Send us an email at (AbbottCenterfortheArts@gmail.com) with your 1) class preference 2) child’s name and birthday 3) payment preference, paypal or check and 4) if you’re registering any additional siblings over 9 months. For new families, please include a primary contact phone number and home mailing address. If you prefer, you can also leave a message at the church office at 410-276-6207 with this information.
We’ll get back to you with an appropriate invoice and confirmation. We ask you pay in full one week before class so that we can add additional families if space allows.
If the class you request is full, we’ll let you know and keep you on a waiting list.
What is Music Together?
- A community of families sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement activities in a relaxed, non-performance-oriented setting.
- A research based music program that integrates diverse musical modes, meters and cultural heritages into each class to best support your family’s musical development.
- A program committed to age-appropriate, non-formal instruction which encourages both enjoyment and excellence.
Who should attend Music Together Classes?
- If you have a child age 0 to 5 years,
- If you notice your child responding to music, or singing and dancing spontaneously,
- If you want to pass on your love of music to your children,
- If you want to strengthen your relationship with your children by learning to speak a common language through music, or
- If you just like playing, singing, and having fun with your kids,
Then Music Together is for you!
What do we do in a Music Together Class?
Every class is filled with singing and movement. Each semester, every family receives two CDs and a Songbook filled with new and interesting music. In class, we sing and move together guided by the teacher so that certain musical elements are highlighted in each song. The teacher also uses Parent Education Moments to help parents support their children’s love of music at home.
What are Mixed Age Classes?
Music Together classes are typically structured so the entire family can attend the same class. To do this, all children, infants to four-year-olds, participate in the same class. Early childhood educators are now recommending mix-age grouping as a better learning environment. Older children learn from being in a leadership role, and younger children benefit from the example of the older children.
These classes work well because classes focus mainly on the parent/child interaction and the curriculum is designed to teach on many levels of complexity at once. It is also important to remember that not all children of similar age are at the same level of musical development.
Our Parent Inclusive Approach
While the student/teacher relationship is important as children absorb basic musical concepts, we believe that only parents and other trusted members of a family community can give children the disposition toward making music. Your involvement, therefore, is crucial to your child’s musical development. Whether or not you think you can sing, your child’s interaction with you will be central to his musical development. Music Together teachers support parents as they struggle through their own fears and feelings of musical insecurity. We believe in supporting the musical development of the whole family and we work to educate parents through our Parent Education Nights and Parent Education moments in class.
Do Infants Really Benefit?
Yes! Infants will appear to be passive participators at first, but even though they look untouched by the music, they are actively absorbing everything they see, hear and feel in classes. Caregivers will learn to recognize musical moments at home and in class as they begin to understand what is involved in an infants musical development. As each child’s body and nervous system matures, the infants often show progressively more complex musical responses and evidence of song recognition. Parents will learn in class how to enhance their child’s musical development and how to create or enhance their musical bond with their child.
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