Music Together sets out with the mission “to provide the highest quality music and movement experiences to as many young children as possible and to involve their parents and other adult caregivers, including early childhood professionals.” In the last ten weeks I have learned that they live up to that mission.
We have had such a lovely time with our teacher Mrs. Chrisi and the other families there. I feel like my daughter, Olivia, has benefited the most from music class. She turned one in February and is a little firecracker. When music can be heard she’s the first now to start tapping her foot or clapping her hands and her face lights up. She inspires us all to join including her 3yr old brother, Logan.
It’s hard to say what Logan got out of the Music Together class. I think he mostly had fun running around with the other kids in the class at their own leisure. As I’ve said, you’re encouraged to demonstrate rather than puppet your children and it was hard to tell whether or not it was beneficial to him. A lot of the kids his age didn’t care to keep beat, or rhythm, or even sing. They were too busy being silly spazzes preoccupied with what Mrs. Chrisi was going to arm us with next. I can say he really enjoyed all the instruments and props through out the class. I also know now, more than ever he enjoys me singing to him and this has brought us closer together in that aspect. He even enjoys making up his own songs, his voice is priceless.
I feel more comfortable singing and dancing with my kids. I feel more confident in making up silly songs to sing to them throughout the day and I thoroughly enjoy the music that is available through Music Together. I love the experiences that we had together as a group and the community.
Dad thinks that his time could’ve been better spent elsewhere, and the gas money too. ( It was a drive for us but much closer for others) I think we expected a more structured learning experience. While I didn’t learn to read or make music notes, or anything specific to “Bells” really I now know the class’s aim is literally to bring a musical awareness to children.
I will note that each week was different in the amount of people that showed up; different people trying the class out, some people not coming back. Some people coming twenty minutes late to a 45minute class. I feel like the momentum built up in the beginning led to a great middle followed by an “are we done yet?” end. I would have liked to have seen a little more variety with the class activities and I think dad more variety with the music.
I have recommended this Music Together class to my friends with children, I think it could be a great opportunity for them and their children to bond over music. Honestly, I consider this class to be one big chaotic play date and I think the best thing to do is to jump in whole heartedly, participation is key, and so is using the tools you learn with your kids at home. I’m grateful for the opportunity as well as the amazing music that preceded it.
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I received a 10-week session of Music Together for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.