What makes Music Together® different? Research. Music Together was first offered to the public in 1987 and pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum. Today classes are offered all over the world including a lab school in Princeton, New Jersey. Ongoing research at the lab school, as well as the research of others, continually informs Music Together’s work on program content and development, varied applications of the program, and teacher training. Everything we do in class has an educational purpose. Just ask one of our highly trained teachers.
What can I expect from class? Music Together® classes nurture a child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. We sing, dance, chant, and play instruments together in an informal setting. The 45-minute class includes a dozen music experiences ranging from playful free-movement to instrumental jam sessions to songs and chants in unusual tonalities and meters as found in other cultures. Young children get the opportunity to not only learn through play and experimentation but also watch and listen to the grownups they love and look up to. In fact, this modeling is essential to their growth into confident music-makers. But don’t worry, you already have the only skill you’ll need – the desire to play and have fun with your child! Just being there as a role model and sharing the experience is enough to make a powerful difference. Our teachers are specially trained to create a safe atmosphere where you can happily join in, experiment, and even get silly – all while strengthening the bond with your child.
What is a good age to start Music Together® class with my baby? As soon as possible! We know that children learn to talk by listening and imitating their adults, so that’s why we talk to them even when they can’t yet understand. We believe the same is true for music! So, singing and dancing with your child from birth is just as beneficial.
Why aren't there separate classes for different age groups? In the 1980s, Music Together® pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. 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, and family relationships, as well as our 20 years’ experience in the field.
In addition, we do offer an infant class for non-mobile babies 8 months and under.
What is the tuition? Tuition varies for different programs and semesters (due to length).
What is the refund policy? No tuition refunds are given after classes begin.
What is the make-up policy? Each family is allowed two makeups per semester. Please note: For weekday families, only 1 of the 2 makeups classes can be a weekend class. Makeups are available at any location. Please note: makeups do not carry over term to term and need to be completed during the current session. Make-ups are on a space available basis and do fill up especially at the end of each term so try to book in advance.
How do I schedule a make-up? Current families can schedule make-ups online by using the Make-up Scheduler. Go to ‘Make-up Scheduler’ from the 'For Registered Families' menu and you'll see a variety of options. You can schedule makeups by day, location, teacher, etc. Once you've scheduled your makeup you will receive a confirmation email.
Can I bring my unregistered older sibling to class? Throughout the semester, 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. Older siblings of registered students may visit 1 classes per semester for free (on a space available basis). Every visit after is $500 NT. Please email or send us a Facebook message to reserve a seat for your child's sibling(s).
Can I switch classes mid-semester? Consistency is important for your child’s learning, so we ask that you try to settle into your class in the first few weeks of the semester as the integral musical community is beginning to form between families and your teacher. However, we understand that especially with young children, schedules change and nap times shift, etc. Therefore, up to the 4th week of the semester, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule and find a class that works for you and your child subject to availability. Contact us via Facebook Messenger or send us an email to discuss your situation.
Why don't you offer drop-ins? Music is a language & you can't learn a language by "dropping in" to a class once in a while. Consistency is key. Plus, young children need routine. Attending the same class each week also helps you & your child make new friends! If you're concerned about signing up for a semester because you have a few scheduling conflicts along the way, we've got you covered with our very generous make-up policy! Click here for details.
Classes are on-going? Think about how children acquire language—you wouldn't just speak to them for six weeks or eight weeks and then decide, "Well, we've done that; now let's try something other than talking..." That would be absurd! Children develop musically in the same way they develop language skills—over time and by the examples of the important people in their lives. We encourage you to make music a priority in your family's schedule and join us for each semester for all new song collections! Consider how important it is for your child to have on-going, music-making experiences, not just a one-semester experience: Music develops language & reasoning skills, builds socialization skills and nurtures self-confidence!
A different song collection is used each semester –there are nine different song collections- so when you re-register, you can look forward to expanding your repertoire with a variety of new songs and chants. The curriculum is designed so that families can continue classes for three years before revisiting a song collection. In three years, you and your child will learn over 375 songs! If you do continue in the program beyond three years (and we hope you will), your child will experience his or her first song collections in a brand new way. Read more about the Music Together Curriculum.
Can we eat in class? Please feel comfortable nursing your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink (except for water in a closed container) into the classroom. Fewer distractions in class allow more opportunities for children to engage in musical activities. In addition, we want to protect any children who have allergies to food products such as peanuts or milk. We also encourage you to remove your child’s pacifier so (s)he is free to experiment with sounds during class.
Is it ok for more than 1 adult to come to class? 2 grown-ups are allowed to join each registered child to class.
As a parent, what is my role in class? Enhance your child’s experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing and follow what the teacher is doing. Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. The songs, chants and movements are easy and accessible. Don’t worry if you can’t carry a tune – you can give your child a positive music experience simply by participating! Your child does not need to sit on your lap, children whose rhythm side are more developed may be more kinesthetic and need to move around the room and express themselves rhythmically. Model positive parenting, make music and enjoy yourself!
Try not to give verbal directions. It can be tough to resist the impulse to give your child directives such as “Do what she is doing, hold your instrument this way” but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself! Wandering toddlers are fine, but if you want your child to come back to you, avoid calling to him from across the room. If necessary, redirect your child physically back to you or the circle. Of course watch out for your child’s safety, but mostly your job is to just relax, and have fun!
How should we use the Music Together materials? Play your CD at home and in the car as frequently as possible, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make the CD available to your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Use the songbook to help you remember the songs or to play along if you play an instrument. Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book, and sing through the songs as you go along. Looking at the printed notes on the page will help children understand that music is something that can be read, like words. Familiarization with notation will help them when they are more ready for formal music instruction, typically when they are school aged.
New Music Together parents receive our introductory DVD “Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically”. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of things covered in the video. We are also happy to discuss your child’s individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class. If you are a returning student and it has been months or years since you have seen the new DVD, ask for a copy of the DVD today! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child’s music development.
May I bring my smartphone to take pictures/videos during class? We know you are excited about class, but would ask that you wait until after the first week or two of classes so we can make sure that everyone is comfortable. Also, remember, it is so important that you model and participate during class, so please snap a few shots and then join right in with the music making!
What is your policy on inclement weather? Music Together Sandiano follows Taipei City Government policy with regard to weather cancellations. Cancellation notices will be sent out by email, as well as, announced on our Facebook page. Should the schools close due to inclement weather, our classes will be closed as well. If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, we will schedule a make-up class later in the semester.
I lost my CD or songbook. Can I order another one? Currently enrolled families in a Music Together class or In-school program may order replacement or extra copies of song collection CDs or songbooks by calling (800) 728-2692 x300 (US).
I'm having trouble logging into the Family Music Zone &/or the Music Together app. What can I do? Please email support@MusicTogether.com for assistance.