Research. Music Together was first offered to the public in 1987 and pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum. Today classes are offered all over the world including a lab school in Princeton, New Jersey. Ongoing research at the lab school, as well as the research of others, continually informs Music together's work on program content and development, varied applications of the program, and teacher training. Everything we do in class has an educational purpose. Just ask one of our highly trained teachers.
Music Together is designed for children aged from birth through preschool. Music Together philosophy teaches that music ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking, and that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of their culture. Music Together classes nurture the child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement as we sing, dance, chant, and play instruments in an informal setting that will enrich their musical environment and guide them towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.
The program is family-based so children of different ages can enjoy class together, like siblings. Each class is aimed 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 enjoy helping and sharing with the “little” ones.
Now! Babies learn music the same way they learn language; by being immersed in it. Just as it is never too early to start talking to your baby, it is never too early to start singing with your baby.
Please see our Registration page for tuition details.
Each class has 6- 12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s).
The classes are 45-minutes each. Classes meet once a week.
We offer 9 weeks terms. Sometimes we may need to offer 8 weeks due to a Public Holiday. Fees will be adjusted accordingly.
No tuition refunds are given after classes begin, although credit towards future classes may be issued in exceptional circumstances. A fee of $25 will be deducted if cancellation occurs prior to the first class. A fee of $65 will be deducted if the materials (Songbook & CD) have been given.
For whatever reason you miss a class, we provide a complimentary opportunity for families to make up missed classes on a space available basis. These spaces fill up towards the end of term so you are best scheduling one as early as possible. Make up classes are not transferrable between terms, nor are they transferable for a credit.
Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing. Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically. Support the creation of a music only environment while in class by not talking to your children or other adults during the 45 minutes. Since it is difficult for a young child to mask out adult conversation please wait to socialise till after class, and instead contribute to the creation of a musical environment for the children to absorb.
Try not to give verbal directions. It can be tough to restrain the impulse to give your child directives such as "Do what she is doing, hold your instrument this way” but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself! Wandering toddlers is fine, but if you want your child to come back to you, avoid calling to him from across the room. If necessary, redirect your child physically back to you or the circle. Of course watch out for your child’s safety, but mostly your job is to just relax, and have fun!
Music Together classes maintain a non-formal atmosphere. We don't expect the children to sit for the whole class, and we don't sit for 45 minutes either. We trust and respect each child's unique learning style. Some will simply stare and study the experience; others wander around the room exploring the space and checking in visually with the adult who brought them. Then there are those who sing and dance freely. They display what they have learned where and when they feel comfortable, usually at home of in the car, etc. As they become more familiar with the music, parents may observe more musical behaviours from their children. However, this is a non-performance oriented program emphasising the creative and fun process. You are your child's most important music model. So just relax and try to find your own joy in the music. If you are enjoying yourself, your child will see and sense that, and will want to share that enjoyment with you.
Know that we fully expect children to behave as children with some fussing, wandering and exploration of the classroom. Keep your child safe with a watchful eye but try to relax and enjoy the class yourself. Your teacher will guide you in knowing what we expect of the children in your class. If your child is throwing, tantruming, screaming, running, or otherwise causing a prolonged disruption to the class, a few moments outside of the room, preferably not wandering, but in your confident arms, can help your child regain their sense of self and help them transition back into the music. Your judgment is the best tool in determining when your child is ready to come back into the classroom, and when you re-join the class you are communicating to your child that the class experience is valuable. We have found this method effective in communicating to them which behaviours are not allowed in our classroom.
Parents/Caregivers, regardless of their own musical ability, contribute greatly to the enrichment of the child's musical experiences. Whatever the level of your technical skill, remember, the most important things you can model for your child are simply authentic pleasure, interest, and the desire to participate in music activities.
Play your CD at home and in the car as frequently as possible, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make it available to your child to listen to while they are playing or before nap or bedtime. Use the songbook to help you remember the songs or to play along if you play an instrument. Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book, and sing through the songs as you go along. Looking at the printed notes on the page will help children understand that music is something that can be read, like words. Familiarisation with notation will help them when they are more ready for formal music instruction, typically when they are school aged. New Music Together parents receive an introductory DVD “Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically”. During class your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of things covered in the video.
As a member of the Music Together family, you have access to the Family Music Zone. There you can download this term's songs,, view a digital copy of your songbook, find fun song activities to try at home, learn more about your child's music development and more. To access the Family Music Zone, you just need to visit www.musictogether.com/account and enter the Access Code from inside your song collection CD booklet.
A different song collection is used each term – there are nine different song collections and 3 summer collections - so when you re-register, you can look forward to expanding your repertoire with a variety of new songs and chants. The curriculum is designed so that families can continue classes for three years before revisiting a song collection. In three years, you and your child will learn over 375 songs! If you do continue in the program beyond three years (and we hope you will), your child will experience his or her first song collections in a brand new way.
As classes are participatory and educational experiences between adults and children, families are asked to please refrain from taking photo or video during class time, however pictures are welcome before or after class. Occasionally classes at Music Together are professionally photographed and/or videotaped. These photographs/videos are sometimes used for publicity purposes. Parents will, in instances where these images are intended for publicity purposes, be asked to sign the appropriate release forms.
Throughout the term, Music Together classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday and it is natural to want to bring them with you to class. Older siblings of registered students may visit 2 classes only per term, provided that the visit is prearranged. Visitation spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Please be considerate of other children when deciding if your child is healthy enough to attend class. If your child is showing signs of being unwell you may be asked to leave and to schedule a make up class at a better time. Please note: makeups do not carry over from previous terms.
Families wishing to withdraw from class must do so before the end of the first week of classes. Please note that there will be a non refundable registration/administration fee of $70. Families are responsible for class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal, and all tuition fees are forfeited if the office is not informed of your withdrawal. If circumstances necessitate withdrawal from class, please contact me.
All fees have a pro rata structure and decrease as term continues.
Please feel comfortable to nurse your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink (other than milk, formula or water) into classrooms.
Both or either parent, grandparents or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time – no need to ask. Whole family music making in your home is extremely valuable to your child's musical development, and attending class occasionally helps the other family members to join in at home.