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.