GENERAL FAQWhat makes Music Together® different? Research. Music Together was first offered to the public in 1987 and pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum. Today classes are offered all over the world including a lab school in Princeton, New Jersey. Ongoing research at the lab school, as well as the research of others, continually informs Music Together’s work on program content and development, varied applications of the program, and teacher training. Everything we do in class has an educational purpose. What kinds of programs do you offer? We offer Babies, Mixed-ages and Big Kids Classes
1What can I expect from class?
Music Together® is designed for children ages birth through kindergarten. We believe that music ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking, and that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of their culture. Music Together classes nurture the child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement as we sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich her musical environment and guide her towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.
2What kind of things do we do in class?
We sing, dance, chant, and play along with provided instruments to a variety of music styles, melodies, and rhythms. You and your child will experience creative movement, improvisation, finger play, and lap songs. Above all else, we have fun while creating a rich and lively musical community.
3How many children are in the class and what is the age range?
Each class has from six to twelve children enrolled. Our Music Together classes embrace a mixed-age philosophy. We believe that young children learn best in a mixed age setting so we invite children birth through five to attend our mixed age classes.
4Why aren’t there separate classes for different age groups?
In the 1980s Music Together pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. 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: the babies are often fascinated by the older child, and the "big" children enjoy helping and sharing with the "little" ones. This approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, and family relationships, as well as our 35 years experience in the field.
5How long is a semester?
Each class meets once a week for forty-five minutes. The fall,winter and spring semesters vary from ten to twelve weeks.
6What is the tuition?
Tuition includes a CD's, an illustrated songbook, download code for the Hello Everybody app, access to the Family Music Zone for online activities and other educational materials. First child 1050 tl Siblings over 9 months with registered older sibling %50 dicount 525 tl Siblings under 9 months with a registered older sibling FREE
7What is the refund policy?
No tuition refunds are given after classes begin, although credit toward future classes may be issued in exceptional circumstances. A fee of $25.00 will be deducted if cancellation occurs prior to first class.
8Can I switch classes mid-semester?
Consistency is important for your child’s learning, so we ask that you try to settle into your class in the first few weeks of the semester as the integral musical community is beginning to form between families and your teacher. However, we understand that especially with young children, schedules change and nap times shift, etc. Therefore, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule and find a class that works for you and your child subject to availability.
9What happens after we complete a semester?
A different song collection is used each semester – There are nine different song collections - so when you re-register, you can look forward to expanding your repertoire with a variety of new songs and chants. The curriculum is designed so that families can continue classes for three years before revisiting a song collection. In three years, you and your child will learn over 375 songs! If you do continue in the program beyond three years (and we hope you will), your child will experience his or her first song collections in a brand new way.
10May I bring my three year old as well as my 10-month old to the same class?
Not only you may, but we encourage it! Research shows that children learn best in a mixed-age environment. Little ones learn by watching and imitating older children. Older children learn by being the "big kids" and showing their younger peers how it is done. This family-style learning environment facilitates participation and involvement in the music for every child, at whatever developmental stage they may be.
11May I choose a different time/day every week?
After you have enrolled in a specific class, that is the class you will be expected to attend. Since classes build on themselves through the session and children get to know the teacher and the other children with their parents, we ask that you stick to your class day/time