Mixed Ages: 0-5 years old
Mixed Ages class: Newborns through 5 year olds can attend this class.
This is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth through age four through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience.
BABIES Class 0-10 months
All Babies class - newborns through 10 months old
Newborns are equisitely prepared for all musical experiences. Research has shown that as early as 3 weeks old a baby can coo and match pitch. They can't speak yet, but it's fascinating that they can sing, match pitch, & already express rhythm with moving their hands, feet, bounce, and can sing on the resting tone. Their sense of hearing is already well developed when they are born and they come out ready and wired to receive and make music and we have so much fun in our classes.
In our babies class, grown ups - Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Nannies will get to enjoy a group of other newborns with their caregivers making music together, learning beautiful songs & movements to sing to their babies in class and at home enjoying music all week long. They create a special bond in our classes with their baby and with all the other families in our classes. We sing, dance and play with instruments such as eggs, scarves, Jingle bells, parachutes, sticks and resonator bells. Each family will receive a CD and a beautifully illustrated accompanying music book as well as access to a website for more music activities and to download the music to their iPod/mp3 player.
Every child’s development benefits from early exposure to music and movement. Because the early months are so important, Music Together offers two options for babies. Babies eight months and younger at the time of registration may attend a Mixed Ages Class, whether registered on their own or attending free with an older brother or sister. Babies may also take the special “Babies Class” offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together. (This class cannot be repeated.) The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in babies. Meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby.
Ukulele classes for 6 years old and up! This intermediate level class will continue in the Fall, (Tues 5:15 group and Fri 4pm classes) with students continuing from our Spring semester. Students must have already had some experience on a ukulele to join this class. Class will run for 10 weeks and cost is $220 which includes a materials fee.
The Ukulele is a wonderful, easy stringed instrument that's just the perfect size for your child to play. This class is a half hour class. In the intermediate group we will be adding new chords, and learning some new songs to add to your repertoire. We are also offering parents to learn the ukulele with their child at a reduced rate. Students must have their own ukuleles (Uke's are a really inexpensive instrument, so a great way to introduce an instrument to your child). Please email liz@MusicalFolk.com if you have any questions.
Ukulele- beginners (continued)
Ukulele classes for 4.5 years and older. This beginners class will start in Sept (date to be determined) - Tues 4pm in our Hamden location - This will be a "Mini Trial semester" for just a few weeks to see if the ukulele is the right fit for your child at this age without committing to a full semester. For some 5 is still too young, but for each child it may be different & this is a nice opportunity to try it out for a few weeks.. Parents may also take this class with their child at a reduced fee. If interested in this class, please email Liz@MusicalFolk.com. Start date, fee and number of weeks are still being determined.
Ukulele is a wonderful, easy stringed instrument that's just the
perfect size for your child to play. With a beginners group class
starting in the Fall. This class
is a half hour class. Your child will be singing a song and
strumming the Ukulele the first week of class. We will introduce some
fun, easy songs for your child to learn. We are also offering parents
to learn the ukulele with their child at a reduced rate. Students must
have their own ukuleles (Uke's are a really inexpensive instrument, so a
great way to introduce an instrument to your child). Please email liz@MusicalFolk.com to find out prices and more details.
Creative Movement Class
Creative Movement Classes for children
Saturdays in Hamden (ages 4-7) 11:30 - 12:15 or,
Thurs in Woodbridge (ages 4-7) 4pm - 4:45
8 week session * Cap at 8 students
Teacher: Val McKee
$140 per student
Announcing our brand new "Creative Movement Class" for children ages 4 - 7 taught by our very own Musical Folk Teacher, Val McKee. We invite you to participate in Val’s introduction to this curriculum during our winter semester! In Val’s class, the children will continue to hone the skills they’ve learned in our music classes, such as moving to a beat and accurately producing rhythm patterns, while learning the fundamentals of ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, and other forms of dance. We’ll jump, wiggle, spin, and play our way through a variety of cultural music and rhythms.
Guitar lessons - Grown up class
Guitar class for children ages 8 years and older
Tues in Woodbridge 5:10pm
6 week session * Cap at 5 students
Begins April 19th
Teacher: Liz McNicholl
This will be a beginners class, where your child will learn the anatomy of the guitar, chords, strumming patterns and will be singing some funsongs in just a few weeks. Cost will be determined by number of enrolled students. Cost will be somewhere around $23 - $25 per class (depending on number of students). Student must have their own guitar.
Parents/grownups: Grown ups who can already play can join us for free. Parents who can not play yet and would like to learn in this class will only pay $5 per class. If interested in this class, please call 203.691.9759 or email Liz@Musicalfolk.com
Children's Chorus Ages 6-12
Amity Children's Chorus:
An introduction to ensemble singing for children who love to sing! Children will learn songs from a variety of musical genres, including pop, folk, multicultural, and classical. Each session will begin with fun and developmentally appropriate vocal warm-ups. Solfege scales will be introduced, as well as the fundamentals of sight-singing and music notation. The course will culminate in a short concert at which the ensemble will showcase all the songs they have learned over the semester.
Rebecca is a Connecticut certified music teacher (K-12) with 18 years of teaching experience, including seven years as the chorus and drama teacher at Amity Middle School in Bethany. She holds a master’s degree in education, a dual-certificate in English (7-12), and is also a registered Music Together® teacher. Currently, she teaches English for Goodwin College in East Hartford as well as early childhood music classes for Musical Folk in Woodbridge. In addition, she is the parent of three children, ages 9, 7 and 3, one of whom has intensive special needs. While each of her children enriches her life every day, her autistic son in particular has taught her the powerful lesson that every child has beauty within, the potential to soar, and the ability to speak the universal language of music.
To register for Amity Chorus click here
(Registration is separate to Musical Folk registrations and will be taken through Becky's registration form online)
If you have any questions, call 203.915.6706 or email Becky at: AmityChildrensChorus@gmail.com