Class Descriptions

MIXED AGE FAMILY MUSIC CLASS ~ designed for newborns to 5 years of age with parent/caregiver

This is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. 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 level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience. 

Rhythm Kids™  is an exciting music, movement, and drumming class for children in Kindergarten through second grade (ages 5 through 8). Children integrate and assimilate rhythm into their lives, as they:

· learn multicultural drumming patterns;

· develop new repertoire on various percussion instruments;

· explore movement and dance while singing songs;

· play games based on music and drumming;

· have fun with a host of rhythm activities.

Rhythm Kids follows through on the Music Together® vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age 8. As part of the Rhythm Kids experience, children and their grownups can enjoy drumming play and practice sessions at home with the help of online play-along videos featuring Rhythm Kids creator Tom Foote.

· 10 weekly, 45-minute classes

· Animal Collection Songbook and CDs (2 copies) each semester

· Access to online video tutorials and play-alongs

Children will:

· Learn, create, discover and explore music, movement and drumming

· Enjoy age-appropriate ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, tambourines, etc.)

· Explore traditional drumming patterns through animal names and movements

· Experience drumming, song, and dance from around the world (Mali, Puerto Rico, Turkey, etc.)

· Find new ways to connect mind, body, and voice through rhythm

· Develop skill in improvising, soloing, conducting, composition, and improvisation

· Participate in active musical games that are both enriching and totally fun!

Students should have their own hand drum for use at home (and potentially for use in class— please check with your local center).

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Rhythm Kids 4–5 is the next musical step for your preschool child (ages 4–5) with a parent or caregiver. Each week we drum, sing, dance, play rhythm instruments, and begin to play music-based games. Rhythm Kids 4-5 guides children toward developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, where they can begin to take charge, lead others, and be musically creative, as they:

· make up their own drumming patterns;

· invent new ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, sticks, etc.);

· create movement ideas for songs;

· and even take a drum solo!

Rhythm Kids 4–5 follows through on the Music Together® vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age eight.

Classes are for preschoolers ages 4–5 and include:

· 10 weekly, 45-minute classes

· Animal Collection Songbook and 2 CDs each semester

· Access to online drum-play videos and other material

Your child will: 

· Explore the world of rhythm through movement, instrument play, and song

· Develop basic rhythm skills, like keeping beat, improvising, ensemble play, and soloing

· Learn to create, cooperate, and express themselves musically

Drums will be provided for the class each week (or you can bring your own). Just add hands!

 BABIES FAMILY MUSIC CLASS ~ designed for newborns through 8 months old

Every child’s development benefits from early exposure to music and movement. Because the early months are so important, Music Together offers two options for babies. Babies eight months and younger at the time of registration may attend a Mixed Ages Class, whether registered on their own or attending free with an older brother or sister. Babies may also take the special “Babies Class” offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together. (This class cannot be repeated.) The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in babies. Meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby.

Guitar Classes for Grownups

In order to help parents/caregivers learn their child’s favorite Music Together songs on the guitar, there’s a guitar program for adults. This program is offered to families whose children are enrolled in one or more Midcoast Music Together’s classes and to preschool teachers whose classes are enrolled in Music Together Preschool. In class, students learn basic beginner guitar concepts, including simplified chording, so that they may accompany themselves and their families as soon as possible.

Classes are 60 minutes long and meet once weekly for 8 weeks in the fall, winter, and spring; guitar classes are not offered during the summer. Students must bring their own guitar, capo, and current semester songbook.

Participants will learn basic strums and chords for more than a dozen songs from the current Music Together song collection. This class is designed for beginners who have never held a guitar-and for people who know a just a little guitar!

All participants build technique and musicianship in an organic, relaxed way while learning new ways to explore Music Together songs with their child at home and on the road. And, it's an enjoyable night out with other parents of small children or teachers working with children.

Music Together Big Kids® ~ designed for 5,6,7 year olds

Your 5-, 6-, or 7-year-old is developing quickly and exploring new activities, mastering new skills, and gaining independence. As a parent, you may be making choices about extracurricular activities that complement their new school experiences and support their growth—in music and in life. This class provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum that includes solfege, instrumental solos and ensembles, choreography, harmony singing, vocal development, and drumming skills. The Big Kids classroom is a safe, familiar, fun environment where your child can experiment with new musical activities like conducting and improvisation, story songs, "silly operas," and game songs.

As you may know, Music Together mixed-age classes support the development of tonal and rhythm competency, family music making and the disposition to be life-long music makers for infants through 4/5-year-old children. Big Kids classes focus on Basic Music Literacy, laying the foundation for formal music instruction in school or in private instrument lessons, as well as a lifetime of joyful music making.

Parent participation is the hallmark of the Music Together program, but many children of this age are ready for more independence in the classroom, so parent attendance in each Big Kids class is welcome but not required (except for the first class). You and your child will receive a songbook, CD, and HomePlay activities so that the entire family can continue the fun and learning at home and you can stay connected with what your child is learning in class. Music Together Big Kids Classes are 60 minutes long and meet weekly for ten weeks.

INTER-GENERATIONAL (MIXED-AGE- as above) CLASS ~ designed for newborns to 5 years of age and elders.

We know that children of all ages benefit from our family-style atmosphere. We are thrilled to be bringing our classes to local assisted living centers where children and their families will experience Music Together classes with the 'mature' population of our community . Elderly participants will observe and join in just as your children do. We look forward to witnessing the wonderful benefits afforded to those who join these very special classes.

PRESCHOOL CLASS ~ designed specifically for preschools

Since the 1980's Music Together has complemented a variety of preschools programs including Montessori, High/Scope, Reggio Emiklia, Creative Curriculum, and Head Start. Contact us today to learn how Music Together can compliment your preschool.

Weekly Music Together Preschool classes are 30-to-45 minutes long and include an artistically conceived flow of songs, nursery rhymes, instrumental jam sessions, fingerplays, and movement activities. The combination and types of activities are research-based and support children’s developing competence in tonality and rhythm. In addition, activities evolve from the child’s world and include vocal play, animal sounds, rhythm play, language play, and a good bit of genuine, silly fun. Classes are taught by a registered Music Together teacher who is trained in music development and skilled in leading participatory music activity. Children “bring the music home” to their parents through the family CD and songbook. Please contact us via email ( or by phone (207.593.6645) to discuss bringing this internationally acclaimed program to your school.