If you don’t know about Music Together®, you should! It’s a national music program for the littlest in our society–newborns to age 5. It is a program designed to give kids an informal introduction to music through singing, dancing, movement, chants, rhythm and more, all while showing the moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas and nannies how we can be the music makers for our children at home.
At Velocity Music Academy, we do 4 sessions of Music Together® throughout the year. Our Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions are 10 weeks long, and our Summer session is 6 weeks long. We follow the national Music Together curriculum, and each session features music in different keys, from different countries, in different meters, and in different tempi. In short, children (and adults!) are exposed to a wide variety of music. As a mom of a Music Together student myself, this is music that you will want to listen to over and over as your child requests “more, more!” in the car and at home.
This Summer we are giving one lucky family the opportunity to attend our Summer Music Together program for absolutely free! If you win this drawing, you and your child (or children if you have more than one child under the age of 5) will join us in the second week of our Summer Session on Monday July 18th from 11:00-11:45, and attend a total of 5 classes until our Summer session ends on August 15th. Included in the give-a-way are 2 CDs, 1 Songbook, 1 GrowthChart, and a Parent DVD.
To enter, all you have to do is head on over to Facebook, and “like” Velocity Music Academy. Then come back to this blog post and leave a comment on why you would like to win the drawing for the 5 free Summer Music Together classes. Entrants must be able to attend the 5 Monday classes from July 18th-Aug.15th from 11:00-11:45 a.m., and have a child under the age of five. Value of give-a-way is $145. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator.
Winners will be announced on the blog Friday July 15th!
JPGs of the Music Together Brochure I’ve been working on: (Click on the images to see the full jpg file)
Caught my 3 and 6 year old singing Music Together songs tonight as they were playing in the living room floor, building train tracks together. My 6 year old doesn’t take Music Together Classes anymore, but he hears little sister’s CD in the car. Remember, this is the 3 year old who doesn’t peep a word during class…..she knows all of the songs by heart and sings them over and over at home.
Hearing them sing together was a nice way to end the week! 🙂
Click on the link below to hear the file….
I stumbled across Music Together when my son was two. I was looking for an activity that I could do with him that was a)educational, and b)out of the Texas heat. When we attended our first class together, I fell in love. The educational side of me lit up as I read about all of the research behind the program. My mommy side loved listening to him sing during the class, tap on the rhythm instruments, and dance to the beat patterns. My son and I took 3 Music Together sessions together, and it was by far, one of the best bonding experience that I could have done with my young toddler. He’s a brand new six year old now, and guess what? The Music Together CD’s are still on constant replay in our car, because now his 3 year old sister is in her 2nd session of Music Together Classes. And I tear up every time I hear his sweet, innocent (and right on pitch!) 6 year old voice singing “May, may all, may all children, may all people everywhere, live in peace. Sweet peace.” Maybe you know the one I’m talking about–one of the sweet lullabies on the sticks collections. And as a mom, and a musician, I absolutely love the music, and I love the fact that there are nine collections. In the years that I have attended with my two children, I have never repeated a collection. Fresh music in the car every 10 weeks.
Now I have the wonderful opportunity of being a Music Together director, offing Music Together at Velocity Music Academy (and still a mom in the Tuesday class). Seeing the young children interact brings me back to my first experiences as a Music Together mom. At first, my son was *that* child during class. You know, the two year old that would spend all of the class trying to do anything and everything that wasn’t what the teacher was doing. My three year old daughter is the complete opposite, she doesn’t peep a word during class, except to demand that I carry her during the dances. But you know what, they both have soaked in the music education in entirely different ways. They still go around the house singing Music Together songs, substituting all sorts of silly words (mostly about our dog Ernie), adding verses, dancing with scarves. And…..shhh…don’t tell them, but I love doing little Music Education observations on their performances at home.
Enough about me—come peek in one day on the joy and music making happening in our Music Together Classes!
Shara’s going to kill me for posting this picture, but can’t you see her enthusiasm? The kids love her class:
He’s just now learning how to sit up, but look at the perfect stick tapping!!
Zoom zoom, riding in the car….hold on!
Pick up your sticks, and go like this….
Everyone grab an instrument!
Jack in the box…
I evidently need to work on my camera focusing skills, but I think this accurately depicts the play along at the end of class–Shara singing her heart out, the children immersed in their own rhythmic play.
In all of the music education research done by the Music Together folks, there’s always a recurring theme: the importance of play. Play through music. Learning through play and music. The importance of one on one interaction with a child and their caregiver.
Though not about music, this study done by IKEA demonstrates the importance of interactive play between children and adults. We could all use a little more play in our lives:
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