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What's Music Together ?
At Music Together, we know all children are born musical.
Your little ones can learn to dance and sing just as naturally as they learn to walk and talk. And we can help!
Our informal music education program enables children 0-8 years old to make sense of music and discover the countless ways they can enjoy and create music with their favorite adults.
Our 45-minute weekly classes are packed with musical activities and sounds from around the world. The benefits extend far beyond the classroom. Indeed, what makes Music Together so powerful, is that we give parents and caretakers the tools and confidence to support their children’s musical development at home.
Most parents don’t realize that they can support their children’s music development in much the same way they instinctively support language and motor development. If we sing and dance with our little ones, tap rhythms on little backs or tummies and echo our babies when they sing and dance, we form musical bonds with them and they quite naturally develop a love and appreciation for music.
The mixed-age setting (0-4 years in Family classes, 4-7 years in Rhythm Kids) is ideal for social development. The littlest children love observing and imitating bigger children. Older children can build leadership skills in their interactions with younger children. For siblings, music becomes an activity they can share even if there is a big age difference.
We also offer a weekly class dedicated to babies only, 0-8 months, because new parents often appreciate this gentle introduction to music, and parents with older children love having a dedicated space to connect with their littlest.
In all our classes, teachers help parents identify different stages of musical development in class and are always happy to offer advice on how to make the most of the program at home. Plus, with the 9 different song collections of music from around the world in different tonalities and rhythms, families can follow classes for three years without repeating a collection!
It's serious fun for you and your little ones.
If you’re new to Music Together - or to Paris - try a class with your child(ren). Also look for our quarterly workshops at the American Library of Paris!
I hope to make music together with you one day soon,
Babies can first hear in utero at around 4 months gestation, so by the time they are born, most babies are experienced listeners. And their favorite voices are their parents'!
Your baby is a natural-born music-maker—cooing when you sing a nursery rhyme or wiggling when the music comes on. Even tiny babies are alert and respond to melody and rhythm.
In our Mixed-Age classes, you’ll learn musical ways to interact and bond with your baby, support their brain development, and nurture their inner musician. Your baby will learn by watching and imitating you as well as the other children in the room.
For new parents or families who want a program dedicated to the tiniest musicians, register for our weekly Babies class!
Your always curious, sometimes furious toddler is starting to learn about the world and to interact with grownups and other children in new (and often surprising) ways. Toddlers learn by watching others, playing, and experimenting. Our Mixed-Age classes are perfectly aligned with this type of learning because they allow children to participate in their own way in a relaxed, family-style atmosphere.
If you notice your child revisiting some behaviors she has moved past, don't worry! This is not regression. This process of revisiting actually affirms the progress your child has made as she recognizes that she no longer exhibits these behaviors. It also signifies empathy as she adjusts her behavior in order to relate to the younger children in the room.
Your preschooler’s musical creativity, enthusiasm, and skills are growing by leaps and bounds! In our Mixed-Age classes, preschoolers are the class leaders and are encouraged to contribute their ideas and lead the younger children, who love to watch and imitate them. And because Music Learning Supports All Learning®, your preschooler will also be developing other skills they’ll need to succeed both in school and in life.
For big kids
Rhythm Kids is an international, research-based music immersion program, developed by rhythm expert Tom Foote. In class, students start learning to compose, choreograph, and conduct as they play—and play with!—djembes, other percussion instruments and, of course, their own voices and bodies. When parents attend class, they amplify their children’s learning AND have a great time singing, moving, and drumming themselves.
NB: Rhythm Kids bring their own djembe to class each week so that they can use the weekly drumming videos to practice at home between classes and during breaks.