Q: My older kid is out of school one of the days we have class. Is it OK to bring her with us to class? What about Grandma & Grandpa?
A: We understand that once in a while a scheduling conflict arises & that's why we offer a one-time freebie for non-enrolled siblings to attend with you. After that, there is a $15 fee per class as space permits. (If the sibling will attend more than a time or two, you might consider just signing him or her up for the class & receive the sibling discount.) Out-of-town guests age 4 & under are welcome to visit your class with a reservation for a $20 drop-in fee paid in advance here. Grown-up guests such as grandmas & grandpas are welcome at any time at no additional fee.
Q: What makes Music Together® different?
A: 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. Go to Research & Articles learn more.
Q: Why aren’t there separate classes for different age groups?
A: 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, learning from & watching them intently. And the "big" children enjoy 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 our more than 25 years of experience in the field.
Q: Why don't you offer drop-ins?
A: Music is a language & you can't learn a language by "dropping in" to a class once in a while. Consistency is key. Plus, young children need routine. Attending the same class each week also helps you & your child make new friends! If you're concerned about signing up for a semester because you have a few scheduling conflicts along the way, we've got you covered with our very generous make-up policy! Click here for details. For families who need total scheduling flexibility, we recommend purchasing a Flex Pack.
Q: Classes are on-going?
A: Think about how children acquire language—you wouldn't just speak to them for six weeks or eight weeks and then decide, "Well, we've done that; now let's try something other than talking..." That would be absurd! Children develop musically in the same way they develop language skills—over time and by the examples of the important people in their lives. We encourage you to make music a priority in your family's schedule and join us for each semester for all new song collections! Consider how important it is for your child to have on-going, music-making experiences, not just a one-semester experience: Music develops language & reasoning skills, builds socialization skills and nurtures self-confidence!
Q: What other kinds of programs do you offer?
A: In addition to Music Together classes, we also offer Music Birthday Parties at your place or ours. We also offer music programs at local libraries & for playgroups!
Q: Can I switch classes mid-semester?
A: Consistency is important for your child’s learning, so we ask that you try to settle into your class in the first few weeks of the semester as the integral musical community is beginning to form between families and your teacher. However, we understand that especially with young children, schedules change and nap times shift, etc. Therefore, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule and find a class that works for you and your child subject to availability. Please contact us if you need to permanently change classes for the semester.
Q: What happens after we complete a semester?
A: A different song collection is used each semester – there are nine different song collections - so when you re-register, you can look forward to expanding your repertoire with a variety of new songs and rhythm games! 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. Read more about the Music Together Curriculum.
Q: I lost my CD or songbook. Can I order another one?
A: Yes! Call (800) 728-2692 x300
Q: I'm having trouble logging into the Family Music Zone &/or the Music Together app. What can I do?
A: Please email support@MusicTogether.com for assistance.
Q: Can I make up a missed class?
A: Of course! Click here to view our Make-Up Class policy & to scheudle a make-up class.
Q: Can I buy a gift certificate?
A: Yes! Email us for details.