Six to twelve babies, toddlers, preschoolers, or big kids and their parents or caregivers meet weekly in a 45-minute class to sing, dance, play with child-friendly percussion instruments, and have fun with tons of new songs, rhythm chants, small and large movement games, lap songs, using a rich variety of music and movement activities.
Our classes are taught by Registered Music Together® Teachers who have all completed the Music Together Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey. Our teachers play live instruments in every class and are always happy to show your child the instruments!
Mommies, Daddies, Nannies, Grandmas, Grandpas and more sit with their children in our circle together and participate in the activities led by your teacher. Classes are informal and designed to be high-energy and lots of fun, so the adults, regardless of their musical ability, feel comfortable and encouraged to sing, dance, and play as part of the group - giving the children a joyful experience of group music-making! The children are free to participate at their own developmental level, with some choosing to watch quietly or roam around the room. This is okay and it indicates that there is some very important learning taking place as they soak up like a sponge, all of that musical and developmental stimuli! In fact, many families report that their child may be quiet in class, but once they get to the car and their class CD starts playing, they will sing and dance the day away!
Each family will receive a CD of the class songs as well as an access code to add the music to your mobile device so that the music can continue at home and on the go! The corresponding illustrated songbook further enhances the overall learning from class as you can sing along while reading the lyrics and build vocabulary by pointing out important parts of the picture or music pages. Attending class is only the beginning! Using the take-home materials is what makes the Music Together experience unique!
This is the essential Music Together Class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five. This online class follows the recommendations of child development researchers. Our Online classes are interactive, engaging, and FUN! Eeach child participates at his or her own level of signing, moving, chanting, watching, or exploring music instruments while in the comfort of their own home. And since Music Together is now online, you can take as anywhere you go!
Did you know that the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) says "that limited device use is not necessarily a bad thing, and can be beneficial to children's learning...developmentally optimized media can be beneficial for young children, and is a proven learning tool for children" (Read more here). At Little Hands in Harmony, the focus is on your child's interaction with their caregiver at home, not looking at or interacting with the screen. ANY caregiver - parents, grandparents, nanny - can attend with the children through our online format. Everyone in the family is welcome to attend, even pets! In these online classes, the grownups are modeling the music making while the child learns through observation.
Rhythm Kids Online is the next musical step for your child with a parent or caregiver. Each week we drum, sing, dance, play rhythm instruments, and begin to play music-based games. Rhythm Kids Online guides children toward developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, where they can begin to take charge, lead others, and be musically creative, as they:
• make up their own drumming patterns;
• invent new ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, sticks, etc.);
• create movement ideas for songs;
• and even take a drum solo!
Rhythm Kids Online follows through on the Music Together® vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age eight. This class can bridge the gap between your current Music Together class and formal instrument lessons.
Online Classes include:
• Weekly Online classes
• Animal Collection Songbook and 1 CDs each semester
• Access to online drum-play videos and other material
Your child will:
• Explore the world of rhythm through movement, instrument play, and song
• Develop basic rhythm skills, like keeping beat, improvising, ensemble play, and soloing
• Learn to create, cooperate, and express themselves musically
Your first semester of Rhythm Kids Online tuition covers the cost of a good-quality, appropriately-sized djembe drum which your child will receive at their first class. Your child will bring their drum to class each week and keep it with them between classes for at-home play!
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