Music Together® is designed for children from birth through kindergarten age. At Music Together we believe 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 your child's musical environment and guide them towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.
Why aren't there separate classes for different age groups?
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 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 20 years experience in the field.
Do infants really benefit?
Yes! An infant’s participation will appear passive at first, but they are actively absorbing what they are seeing, hearing, and feeling. By reading the Parent Guide (given to new families) and through parent education in class, parents will learn to recognize their infant's musical responses and observe them reaching musical milestones. As their bodies and nervous systems mature, infant's often show progressively more complex musical responses and evidence of song recognition. Parents will learn in class how to enhance their child's music development and to create or enhance the musical bond with their child.
What is the class size?
Each class has 6- 12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s).
Can I bring my un-registered older sibling to class?
Throughout the semester, Music Together classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday. Older siblings of registered students may occasionally visit provided the older sibling is HEALTHY. Please call the office to make arrangements. Visitation spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.
What if I miss a class during the semester?
Families are allowed two makeups per 10 week semester (Fall, Winter and Spring) and one makeup during the 6 week Summer session. Makeups are available at any Bedford Arts & Music location, day or time . You can schedule a make-up online by clicking the Make-up Scheduler tab on the Home page and entering the code word: Bedford. If you are unable to attend the makeup class, please cancel the makeup class online. This will re-open the space for another family. If you do not cancel the makeup and do not attend the class, it will count as a makeup. Please note that makeup classes do not carry over to the next semester.
Can I switch to a different class?
Changes can be made depending on class availability.
What if I need to withdraw from class?
Families wishing to withdraw from class must do so before the registration deadline. (Fall '19 tuition cannot be refunded after September 8, 2019. Winter '20 tuition cannot be refunded after January 5, 2020. Spring ' 20 tuition cannot be refunded after March 29, 2020. Summer '19 tuition cannot be refunded after July 7, 2019.) Tuition fees are refundable before the cancellation deadline less $10 new family registration fee. NO refunds will be given after the start of the semester. Families are responsible for class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal from class.
What if I start classes after the semester begins?
We accept enrollment during the first 3 weeks of classes, but Bedford Arts & Music does not pro-rate classes for late registration. Extra make-ups will be given for classes missed.
Can we eat in class?
Please feel free to nurse your child in class, but there are no food or drinks allowed in the classrooms.
Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?
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.
As a parent, what is my role in class?
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 socialize until 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". Children respond best by just wathcing and listening to you doing (and enjoying) it yourself! Wandering toddlers are 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!
How should we use the Music Together Materials?
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 she is 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. Familiarization 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 our 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. We are also happy to discuss your child's individual progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class. If you are a returning student and it has been months or years since you have read the Parent Guide or seen the new DVD, reread it or ask for a copy of the DVD today! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child's music development.
Where can I buy some of the instruments we have in class?
Instruments are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from http://musictogether.com/Store.
May I take pictures or video during class?
Maintaining a safe and comfortable classroom environment for all our families is of the utmost importance. Therefore, due to privacy concerns, we ask that you limit your picture taking to before or after class. Also, our classes are designed to be parent-child oriented and the taking of pictures is a distraction.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Gift certificates for any amount towards Bedford Arts & Music classes can be purchased at any time. It makes a nice baby shower or birthday gift. Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts. Let us know if you would like it sent directly to the recipient or to the purchaser.