Mixed Age 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 five 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 0-9 months
All Babies class - newborns through 9 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 - Intermediate
Ukulele classes for 6 years old and up! This intermediate level class will continue in the Fall, with students continuing from our Spring semester. Students must have already had some experience on a ukulele to join this class.
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
Ukulele classes for 6 years and older. This beginners class will start in Sept (date and time to be determined) - in our Woodbridge 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, so we like to wait until they are 6 but for each child it may be different and we will take inquiries if your child is 5 and you would like to try the class. 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.
The Ukulele is a wonderful, easy stringed instrument that's just the perfect size for your child to play and an affordable instrument to buy. 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. Please email liz@MusicalFolk.com to find out prices and more details.
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
Rhythm Kids 4-6 Year Olds
Rhythm Kids™ Level One (ages 4-6)
This wonderful and exciting new class is bursting with fun and playful eduction and will bridge the gap for child from our mixed ages classes to getting them ready for formalized instrument lessons when they are a little older (some start instruments around 6 years old).
Rhythm Kids Level 1 is geared for children 4 to 6 years old. Each week we drum, sing, dance, play rhythm instruments, and begin to play music-based games. Rhythm Kids Level 1 guides children toward developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, where they can begin to take charge, lead others, and be musically creative, as they:
- learn multicultural drumming patterns
- develop new repertoire on various percussion instruments
- explore movement and dance while singing songs
- play games based on music and drumming
- have fun with a host of rhythm activities
- get ready for formalized instrument lessons
Rhythm Kids follows through on the Music Together® vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age eight with Rhythm Kids Level 2 continuing the following semester for ages 6-8.
Canta y Baila Conmigo®
Canta y Baila Conmigo is an innovative music and movement curriculum in Spanish for children 0-5 and their caregivers. It offers:
- A fun and motivating Spanish immersion experience
- A solid foundation for early music development
- Informal instruction in a supportive, joyful setting
- Beautifully recorded music collections carefully selected to represent the wide variety of spanish musical traditions and genres
- An illustrated Spanish-language family songbook including music notation, lyrics and informatoin about the origins of the songs
- Class activities that promote cognitive, language, motor, and social skills
- Exposure through music to the cultures and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries
- English Language Supplement with song translations, vocabulary and grammar points for families learning spanish