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You might also have a few lingering questions. Here are the answers to some FAQ's that other parents have asked.
Why do you only offer classes in sessions?
Research shows and teachers know that kids thrive in a solid routine. Real music development happens when little ones are comfortable in their surroundings and are surrounded by familiar faces. Attending the same class time with the same teacher each week allows both you and your child to get to know your teacher and get comfortable with each other. Their teacher can help point out important musical development milestones and encourage ways to help continue progress at home. You'll also get to know the other families in class when you see them each week. The connections between students, teachers, and families are part of what makes our classes special.
Why aren’t there classes for specific age groups?
Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it’s the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and gaining self-confidence. Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviors earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behavior of children of varying ages. Plus, it allows everyone—siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers—to share in the musical experience together!
Why is the teacher trying to get me and the other parents to sing? I’m not a great singer!
You might be surprised to hear that you are your child’s most important music teacher right now—and it doesn’t matter whether or not you consider yourself musical. Young children develop dispositions for certain behaviors—including learning to love music—by observing and imitating their loved ones. Simply by participating enthusiastically during class and playing with the ideas at home, you’ll give your children the modeling they need to learn to love to make music.
Why didn’t my child participate in class?
Children’s responses depend on their most dominant learning style and temperament as well as their age and developmental level. Some might follow the teacher right away. Others stay close to Mom or Dad, observing and listening. Some might crawl or toddle around; others are stimulated by the music and respond more actively, running, jumping, or dancing. All are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment. Throughout the semester, your teacher will help you tune in to how your child learns best so you can support their music development in class and at home. Feel free to ask if you have questions!
Why did the teacher say it was OK for my child to not sit in the circle during class?
At Music Together, children are never required to sit in the circle or expected to conform to an adult’s idea of participation. We know that children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly, through observation, interactions with adults and older children, and through imitation, play, and, especially, movement. One hallmark of Music Together is the insight that children will naturally develop music ability simply when they are immersed in a community of families all making music.
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