The winter session of Music Together® classes will consist of online music experiences featuring the wonderful Music Together collections of Bells for mixed ages and Elephant for the drumming based Rhythm Kids classes.
The format for the online program will consist of two pre-recorded class videos posted each week. Families will be able to view the videos at their own convenience and can view them repeatedly. The videos will each be 20-25 minutes in length to keep in line with best practices for screen time for children.
Activities in each class will include singing, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences--developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers--regardless of their own musical ability. Classes will be accessed through a private Facebook group set up just for registered families.
The session will consist of 9 weeks of videos, but in order to assist families with unpredictable schedules and changes as a result of the pandemic, we will keep the classes available for a total of 11 weeks. This will accommodate families who are unable to begin viewing the classes during week 1. Families can set their own schedule and view the classes from the period beginning January 4th through March 19th, but will only be charged for the 9 week session. We hope that this flexibility will assist many families to find a way to bring music into their homes this winter. A spring session is planned to begin the week of March 22nd.
Each family will receive a Bells or Elephant book and CD complete with a download code to access the music through the Hello Everybody App or Music Together's Family Music Zone. Additional content to explore will include activities created just for your child and at home fun. To access the Family Music Zone, families will create an account at www.musictogether.com/account using the code provided. Families will also receive a quarterly e-newsletter and access to the national informative website. New families receive a wonderful Parent Education Guide.