Sing, dance, and have fun! You might be surprised to hear that you are your child's most important music teacher right now—and it doesn't matter whether you think of yourself as a great singer or dancer. Young children develop dispositions for certain behaviors, including learning to love music, by observing and imitating their loved ones. Simply by participating enthusiastically during class and playing with the ideas at home, you'll give your children the modeling they need to learn to love to make music. Please wait to socialize or use your cell phone until after class and instead help us create a music-only environment.
At Music Together®, children are never required to sit in the circle or expected to conform to an adult's idea of participation. We know that children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly, through observation, interactions with adults and older children, and through imitation, play, and, especially, movement. One hallmark of Music Together is the insight that children will naturally develop music ability simply when they are immersed in a community of families all making music.
Children's responses depend on their most dominant learning style and temperament as well as their age and developmental level. Some might follow the teacher right away. Many will simply want to watch and absorb, particularly in the first few weeks of class. Some might crawl or toddle around; others are stimulated by the music and respond more actively, running, jumping, or dancing. All are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment. Throughout the semester, your teacher will help you tune in to how your child learns best so you can support their music development in class and at home. Feel free to ask if you have questions!
Play your songs frequently, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make the music available for your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Create your Music Together account and download the "Hello Everybody" app for digital versions of the songs and more activity ideas to try! Go to www.musictogether.com/account.
Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and get new musical activities to use at home. If you play an instrument and want to play along, the music notation is available in the Family Music Zone® Try using the songbook at storytime!
Each class has between 6 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).
We offer unlimited makeup classes during each semester. Please visit our Make Up Classes page to learn more.
Changes can be made before the beginning of each semester. Once the semester starts, changes are made at the discretion of the center director based on class availability.
Music Together Carbon Valley welcomes families at any point during the semester! Depending on when you sign up, we prorate for classes missed due to late registration. If late sign-up takes place in the first 2 weeks of the semester, families may makeup class(es) during the semester. If you are unable to attend makeups and have signed up late, contact us for prorating information.
Please feel comfortable to nurse or bottle-feed your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms.
We cancel classes if the Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District closes. However, at times we may cancel class at our own discretion due to weather conditions and concerns for our families' safety in going out in inclement weather. When a makeup class is offered, it may be on a different day and time. Please check our website homepage or our Facebook page for announcements regarding weather cancellations.
Music Together® classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday, and it is natural to want to bring them with you to class. All guests must be prearranged with the teacher to ensure adequate space in the class. Children under 6 are $8 for a sibling drop-in for out of district families and $7 for in district families. Children over 7 can attend for no charge. They are a great example for the younger ones when they sing and dance along with us!
Yes, parents, grandparents, or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time—no need to ask!
Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it's the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and gaining self-confidence. Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviors earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behavior of children of varying ages. Plus, it allows everyone—siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers—to share in the musical experience together!
Gift certificates toward classes can be purchased at any time. They make fabulous baby shower, birthday, or holiday gifts. Please contact us if you’re interested in purchasing one.