Starlight Starbright Music offers several different types of Music Together® classes.
The 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.
A variation of this class is Music Together with Mandarin, a signature Mixed-Age Music Together class taught by a bilingual English-Mandarin Music Together teacher who presents parent information and education in both languages. The semester's songbook and recording are in English, but variations or made-up verses incorporate some Mandarin words and phrases. Equally fun for all families--those with little or no knowledge of Mandarin, as well as those who are native speakers--this class is a great way to introduce or support Mandarin study, or even just to give your family a different kind of Music Together experience! Please note, though, that this class is not a Mandarin-immersion music class or foreign language class.
Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once weekly for 10 weeks (or occasionally 12 weeks) in the fall, winter, and spring and 6 or 8 weeks in the summer. Each registered family receives a songbook, recording, and song download code; families new to the program also receive new-family materials. To hear some song samples, click here.