Mixed Aged Family MUSIC Classes
For 0-5 year olds
…and the grownups who love them
Why should I join Mixed Aged Family Class?
Bring Inspiration, Harmony and Connection to your family through the Joy of Music’
Join our wonderful community of music making families for 45 minutes each week. We’ll be singing, dancing, chanting, drumming, jamming, playing, improvising, exploring and experimenting through an eclectic mix of family-style music including folk, jazz, world, blues and classical.
Each week your highly trained and passionate teacher will take you on a musical journey though a variety of fun and creative adult-child activities and will provide you with the tools and inspiration to continue the music making at home.
Your child will learn through play and discovery ...and by watching you and other role models around them
The relaxed, playful and pressure free setting supports and respects your child’s unique learning style and level of development and will encourage them to explore, experiment and play…..which is how they learn best.
As easily as they learn to walk and talk, young children can learn to sing, dance and make music by watching and imitating their loved ones and the role models around them. Grownups, regardless of their musical ability, can help create an environment that supports children in achieving basic music competence therefore parents, grandparents or nannies, individually or together, may accompany the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music making experience.
As part of your registration, each term you will receive a new songbook and CD plus online and digital resources to encourage music making at home.
Early childhood educators consistently recommend mixed-age groupings as an optimal learning environment for children under five years because they foster 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.
Classes have a family feel, rather than a school orientation, an environment your child will have ample opportunity to experience when he enters the world of formal education in a few years. In addition, children of the same age are not necessarily in the same stage of music development and a mixed-age environment creates a space for exploration and discovery, rather than peer pressure. The Music Together curriculum is designed to teach on many levels of complexity at once, and our teachers are trained in the art of mixed-age learning.
Absolutely. Just as siblings in multi-child families learn from each other, so do the children in our mixed-age classes. Babies will engage at their own level, vocalizing, moving, listening, observing, and exploring musical instruments. And any or all of your child’s caregivers—parents, grandparents, nannies—can come share in the experience, both in class and at home. Please ask your teacher for the ‘Babies in the Mixed Aged Class‘ guidebook as this will provide you with guidance on enhancing your experience both in class and at home with your baby.
No. You may notice your child revisiting some behaviors she has moved past but do not confuse this with regression. Your child will not UN-learn skills she has already gained. This process of revisiting actually affirms the progress your child has made as she recognizes that she no longer exhibits these behaviors. It also signifies empathy as she adjusts her behavior in order to relate to the younger children in the room.
Absolutely! In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other.