Music Together Early Childhood

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Update

Although we feel we're in a position to offer a class in regards to Covid-19 and protocols, the questions on what the semester would look like have made the process of identifying and getting an instructor in place a challenge. We are currently still working to try and make it happen for the Fall.

Please see the IUP Community Music School home page for additional information. For more information from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, please see the comprehensive Coronavirus Information page.

Description

Music Together is an internationally recognized music and movement program for children birth through age five and the grownups who love them. First offered in 1987, Music Together has been a pioneer in the field of early childhood music with innovative and high-quality music education and outreach programs that redefine what musical means.

Now with 2,500 locations in 40 countries worldwide, it is a highly research-based program and the brainchild of composer/musician Kenneth Guilmartin, founder of the Center for Music and Young Children; and Lili Levinowitz, a national authority on early childhood music and professor of music education at Rowan University.

At the core of the Music Together approach is the idea that young children learn best from the powerful role models of parents/caregivers who are actively making music. The program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and then facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home in daily life, which is so important to music development and early childhood learning.

It's based on the recognition that in a supportive environment, children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and confidently participate in the music of their culture. Music Together creates that environment! By emphasizing actual music-making experiences, the program introduces children to the pleasures of producing music instead of passively consuming it from iTunes or TV. It is very high-touch, face to face, heart to heart, and voice to voice—a truly bonding and enriching experience.

Registration

Fall 2021 Session: TBA
Spring 2022 Session: TBA
Summer Session 2022: TBA

Instructor

TBA

Level

Family-style mixed-age classes, newborns to age five (no prerequisites)

“Try-A-Class”

This gives the option of trying the program one time, free of charge. Simply email the instructor to make arrangements to attend any class. Depending on when you attend the class, you may need to wait until the next available session of classes, or you may be able to start attending the current session.

Demo Classes

At the request of the parents/caregivers, class sessions can be preceded by a shortened demonstration class, which first-time participants are encouraged to do. These classes are for the parent/caregiver and child, are free, and are designed to give you an idea of what the classes are like even before the first official class. If you would like to participate in a demo class, be sure to email the instructor to reserve a date.

Parent Open House

Also at the request of the parents/caregivers, a Parent Open House can be offered two weeks into each session. A “kid-free” event, this is an opportunity for parents/caregivers to talk more in-depth about the program with the instructor, ask questions, and receive additional information on Music Together and its pioneering research-based curriculum.

Class Size Limit

Eight children per class

Note: Materials are purchased per family, not per child, and include the current session's Song CD, with over 25 beloved songs (two copies); its companion songbook; access to the Family Music Zone; Music Together's semester newsletter; and a copy of Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically, complete with a DVD and booklet for newly enrolled Music Together families.

Schedule (Day, Time, Room, Additional Info)

TBA.

Fall Semester, 2021 - TBD

All information below is TBA, pending our ability to have an instructor in place during the Fall semester. If so, the 8-10 week class is likely to start the last week of September and run through the week before Thanksgiving.

  • Demo Classes: email the instructor to schedule a class.
  • Parent Open House: open to any interested parents/caregivers, but scheduled by appointment only; email the instructor to schedule.
  • Day/Time for classes:
  • Cost: 
    • Additional child, 
    • Babies under eight months attend free with a paying sibling.

Notes: A day/time for a make-up class will be announced by the instructor.

Spring Semester, 2022 - TBD

All information below is TBA, pending our ability to have an instructor in place for the Spring semester. If so, the 8-10 week class could be started anytime during the semester that allows it to be completed by May 3.

  • Demo Classes: email the instructor to schedule a class.
  • Parent Open House: open to any interested parents/caregivers, but scheduled by appointment only; email the instructor to schedule.
  • Day/Time for classes:
  • Cost: 
    • Additional child, 
    • Babies under eight months attend free with a paying sibling.

Notes: A day/time for a make-up class will be announced by the instructor.

Summer Semester, 2022 - TBD at the End of the Spring 2021 Semester

  • TBA

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