Class Types

The Rhythm Tree

Mixed-age Classes

This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience.



Babies Classes

(Thursdays 11.30am at Bubup Womindjeka, Port Melbourne)

The Rhythm Tree offers a one-term Babies Class for families with infants from birth through to eight months of age. In this class, the activities are specifically designed to teach you how to support music development in infancy and how to connect with your baby through music using methods such as "purposeful touch," "sound-layering," "dancing for baby," etc. And since our Babies Class uses the same song collections as our other classes, you will experience a seamless transition as your baby grows into our mixed-age classes.

This class cannot be repeated.

 

Kindergarten Classes for preschool settings

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Weekly kindergarten classes are 30-to-45 minutes long and include an artistically conceived flow of songs, nursery rhymes, instrumental jam sessions, fingerplays, and movement activities. The combination and types of activities are research-based and support children’s developing competence in tonality and rhythm. In addition, activities evolve from the child’s world and include vocal play, animal sounds, rhythm play, language play, and a good bit of genuine, silly fun. Classes are taught by a registered Music Together teacher who is trained in music development and skilled in leading participatory music activity. Children “bring the music home” to their parents through the family CD and songbook.

 

Guitar for Grownups

(unavailable this term)

Do you have a guitar at home that you haven’t picked up in a while—or have you always wanted to learn to play? Did you ever dream of becoming a rock star? When you learn how to play your family’s favourite Music Together songs, you’ll be a star in the eyes of your child—and provide a wonderful music-making model for him or her, too!

In the Music Together Guitar Class for Grownups, you’ll learn how to play songs in the current Music Together song collection. Even if you’ve never picked up a guitar before, you’ll leave the first class able to play one song and ready to lead your family in musical jam sessions. A new way to bond musically with your son or daughter is the perfect reason to pick up that dusty instrument or to begin to learn a new one.

About the Guitar Class:

During class, you’ll meet and connect with other parents, grandparents, and preschool teachers as you learn Music Together songs together in a warm, supportive environment . If you take the class for several semesters, you can develop fluency, learn full chords, and use advanced strums. Most importantly, you’ll have fun while developing a new skill!

Tuition for all Music Together classes includes family materials to use at home (e.g., recordings of Music Together's award-winning music, illustrated songbook, parent education resources). See individual class type pages for details.