What can I expect from class?
Music Together is designed for children ages birth through kindergarten. At Music Together we believe that music ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking, and that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of their culture. Music Together classes nurture the child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement as we sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich children's musical environment and guide them towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment. For more insight into the different classes we offer, please click on the respective logos on our Classes page. See what families have to say in the short video below!
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Why aren't there separate classes for different age groups?
Music Together pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music in the 1980s. In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other: the babies are often fascinated by the older child, and the “big” children enjoy helping and sharing with the “little” ones. This approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, family relationships, and our 30+ years of experience in the field. Read more about the Music Together approach to early childhood music education here.
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As a parent, what is my role in class?
Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. You enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing! Support the creation of a music making environment while in class by engaging in music making and creation yourself. You are your child's most important music teacher right now! Since it is difficult for a young child to block out conversation, please do not talk during class. Come early or stay late to socialize! During class, contribute to the creation of a musical environment for all of the children to absorb.
Can we eat in class?
No. Please feel comfortable to nurse your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms due to allergy concerns.
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May I use a camera or my cell phone during class?
Yes and No... Music Together classes are primarily educational experiences in a community of grown-ups and children, and require active participation by all the grown-ups. We LOVE having special picture days and photo play-alongs - ask your teacher when they are scheduled. Most of the time, however, we ask our families to please refrain from taking photo or video during learning time. Please turn cell phones to silent and do not check email, FB, or text during class. You may take photos and videos of your children before or after class and share away on your social media pages. We ask that you get permission before posting photos of other families. When in doubt, ask your teacher or director.
Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?
Absolutely! Both or either parent, grandparents or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time – no need to ask. Whole family music-making in your home is extremely valuable to your child's musical development, and attending class helps other family members to join in at home.
What if I miss a class?
Schedule a make-up online with our Make-Up Scheduler. While make-up classes do not expire, we encourage you to make up missed classes as soon as possible.
What is the tuition?
Tuition varies for different programs, locations, and different semesters. Please view our Classes page for the current semester's information.
Can I bring my infant or un-registered older sibling to class?
Infants ages birth through 8 months at the start of the session attend with an older sibling for FREE! Please register infants you will bring to class. Our registration system will calculate tuition based on birthdate entered. Siblings over 5 years of age may also attend as 'helpers' in mixed age classes for FREE and will be expected to follow developmentally appropriate directions. Please register all siblings.
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When do classes begin?
With our new Family Music Makers Plan, most classes are ongoing. For classes that still enroll by the session, classes are now prorated automatically when you join.
New to Music Together? Schedule your free introductory class
Can I switch to a different class?
What if I need to withdraw from class?
With our Family Music Makers Plan, you simply notify Music Together Vivo by the 28th of the month prior to your last class date. When you first enrolled, your tuition was paid for both your very first and your final month of classes, so you will not be charged for the month immediately following your notice, but your classes will run through that final month.
In locations where we run session by session, if a family withdraws from class before the session begins, Music Together Vivo refunds the tuition amount in full.
After the session begins, we do not refund tuition or registration fees.
Sometimes, due to either a severe illness, a child’s inability to adjust to the class, or some other unforeseen but exceptional reason, families find it necessary to withdraw during the semester. If you find yourself in a uniquely challenging situation please contact Director Cheryl Sabo.
Do you offer sibling discounts?
Infants from birth through 8 months old at the start of the semester are FREE!
Do you offer military discounts?
Do you offer gift certificates?
Gift certificates for any amount towards Music Together classes can be purchased at any time. It makes a nice baby shower or birthday gift! Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts. Let us know if you would like it sent directly to the recipient or to the purchaser.
How should we use the Music Together materials?
Join the Family Music Zone through the Hello Everybody app, or any computer. Use your download code in the CD jacket you receive your first day of class to access the sessions songs through the App.
Where can I buy some of the instruments we have in class?
Instruments are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from the Music Together Store.