Mixed Ages Class

Fall 2018: Fiddle Collection

From September 26 to December 6, 2018 ~ 10 weekly classes

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New Songbook!
The first edition of our new family songbook series is here! Each song in the Fiddle collection is brought to life through colorful and engaging illustrations by award-winning artist Jaime Kim. The new book will inspire your family to play with music all week long. You’ll find it helpful to learn the lyrics, as a jumping-off point for creative storytelling, and to learn more about the songs you’re singing in class. Your child may enjoy snuggling with you and singing through the whole book at once—or opening to a page to tell you what song they want to sing!

About the Illustrator
Read more about Jaime Kim on her website www.jaimekim.com.

Join us for the Fiddle Song Collection this Fall!
You’ll learn twenty-five beloved Music Together songs and activities you can recreate at home. During the chant “Sounds of Fall” your child will be mesmerized as the class expresses the sound and movement of leaves falling and birds chirping and flying. In “Old King Cole” you will don the persona of the King, Queen, Prince, Princess, and Baby as you sing, drum, and move together. In addition to your weekly classes, your tuition includes a full-color songbook and CD for you to use at home, online access to the songs through the Hello Everybody app and the Family Music Zone (includes downloadable MP3s). as well as a parent guidebook and family newsletter with more at-home music-making ideas.

See our registration page for more information like class times and tuition fees.

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What We Do In Class

Fully trained, registered Music Together® teachers lead groups of six to twelve children aged zero to five and their parents or caregivers (nannies, babysitters, grandparents, or relatives) in forty-five minutes of music and movement experiences.  Each weekly class offers a dozen songs and rhythmic rhymes, including finger-plays, small- and large-movement activities, and instrument play.  Children and their adults have opportunities to create and improvise making up new words to songs, offering movement ideas, making silly sounds, and sharing musical ideas from the family’s play at home.  The relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented classroom setting respects and supports the unique learning styles, developmental levels, and temperaments of all participants, creating a strong sense of community.

Families receive a CD and can download the collection of music, along with an illustrated songbook that’s filled with music-making ideas for spontaneous music play beyond the weekly classes.  There are 9 different song collections and 3 summer compilations, for a total of 3 years of non-repeating curriculum.  For more information, see our curriculum page.

Why Mixed Ages?

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 learn about 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 30 years of experience in the field.

Class Length

Classes run for 45 minutes: the perfect amount of time to really get into things without losing the attention of our little ones.  Our fall, winter and spring sessions are each 10 weeks long. This does not include days off for holidays.

Class Size

Each class has 6–12 registered children plus their caregiver(s).

Location

Our classes are conveniently located in the beautiful and spacious studio of
BLDG 270, 270 E Cessna Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362