Since Music Together’s inception over 30 years ago, we've been committed to teaching parents how to support their child's music development in community-based music classes. Because we can't be together, Music Together has created a new offering, Music Together Online, and it’s being delivered by local centers/teachers all around the world!
At first, the idea of holding Music Together classes without all of us being physically together didn't seem worthwhile—and the notion of encouraging screen time just seemed plain wrong. We know that when children stare at a screen and passively receive information, they don’t learn nearly as well as when they are interacting with their parent or other person they love. Because Music Together is not about entertainment but educating with and through the active participation of parents, in Music Together Online, you are still an essential part of the experience.
Your teacher’s job will be to engage and inspire you with demonstrations of lots of fun activities and ideas to do at home, so you can keep it going throughout the week. And even though we can’t be together in person, we can still be interactive and playful “together” online. Instead of staring at a screen, it will be more like face-timing with a silly friend! We are keeping each video and livestream shorter than a regular class, to be screen-time appropriate, but you’ll have access to the recordings so you can tune in as many times per week as you’d like.
If your child wanders—perfect, in fact it’s expected! This is no different than in our regular classrooms. Children need to feel free to explore and move around, so plan on that happening. What’s key? Your participation and modeling is essential to your child’s musical growth. A child also needs time to be introduced to the new songs/chants in the collection, as well as a teacher they haven’t experienced. Please allow your child the time to adjust. Even very young children will enjoy this grownup/child interaction, if given a little time and space. After all, what could be better than your undivided attention for 25 minutes?
We’re starting our online classes the week of July 7. We’ll be using a combination of platforms with a new private Facebook group as the hub. There you’ll find links to watch recorded classes via YouTube, connect with other members, get resources, and join in online. We’ll be using the Zoom platform once a week for your private Live “class” with up to 12 families. Grownups and children will have the option to be visible or not to other families and your teacher. The children will be excited to see themselves as well as the other children in class.
Here’s what our package will include:
We want to provide maximum flexibility for your entire family. This offering now includes any other children in your family as well at no extra cost! Your preschoolers and even children through age 6 or 7 will enjoy these classes with you and your little one (or you can choose some one-on-one time with each child).