Music Together® Mixed-Age class: is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age 5--and through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers by grouping children of a variety of ages in one class. This approach fosters natural, family-style learning where younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones, older children learn by leading younger ones, and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments. We welcome the whole family to join in this important family music experience. One or more adult caregivers--parents, grandparents, nanny--bring the child(ren) to class.
Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once weekly for 10 weeks. Musical Songbook, CD and music download are incuded in the class.
Uke U. (not a Music Together® offering) is a Hawaii-themed, mommy-and-me beginner ukulele program developed by Jackie Freimor in 2013. The class is for children 3 to 6 years of age with an adult caregiver.
Before registering for a Uke U. class, please note that although older children in this class may well learn to play a few chords on the instrument, most of the children will not--and that's OK! Children in this age group are usually not developmentally ready for instrument lessons. The class, then, is really for you--the adult. The idea is that your child will get an introduction to the instrument while you learn how to play so that you may guide your child when they are developmentally ready for more formal instruction. Jackie created the program this way because that's how she learned to play guitar when she was 6 years old--from her mother, who was herself learning to play guitar.
Because you are the true student in a Uke U. class, each class is typically divided into three segments of formal instruction geared toward adults. Between and sometimes during the segments, children are asked to color activity pages in the workbook or keep the beat on drums while the adults sing and play. We also dance to Hawaiian and other beach music and have jam sessions with rhythm instruments.
Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once weekly for 8 weeks in the fall, winter, and spring and sometimes in the summer. Included in the tuition are a soprano ukulele each for the child and his or her caregiver, a workbook for the adult, and an activity book for the child; each additional registered child receives a ukulele and an activity book as well. Each family receives an electronic tuner.