About Musical Folk

Musical Folk is a music program in the New Haven, CT area offering the Music Together® program for babies, toddlers and big kids, as well as ukulele lessons and group adult guitar lessons.

The Music Together® program is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. 

Music Together® classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. For hundreds of thousands of families worldwide, Music Together® is all about children and their grownups joyfully sharing songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play, both in music class and in their daily lives.  

All children are sounders and movers and their natural aptitude for music blossoms in a sufficiently rich music environment. In fact, when given a supportive music environment, children learn to sing and dance as naturally as they learn to walk and talk. 

How is this possible? Children learn differently than adults. They learn instinctively and constantly. They teach themselves through imitation and play, through being immersed in their environment, and through every interaction with adults and older children. The family-like setting of a Music Together® Mixed-Age class enables siblings to attend together, creating an ideal learning environment where infants, toddlers and preschoolers can freely participate at their own levels.

Music Learning Supports All Learning®

Wiggling, singing, and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place! Our research-based curriculum not only develops music skills, it nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence while also supporting social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Because these benefits build over time, children enjoy the fullest growth in each of these areas when they participate as consistently as possible up through kindergarten.

Your Role Is Essential 

Young children learn through play and experimentation and by watching and listening to the grownups they love. Setting an example as an enthusiastic participator in music activities is the best thing any parent or caregiver can do to help set a child on the road to a lifelong love of music. Parents don't need to have music skills—they just need a desire to play and have fun with their children! Our teachers are specially trained to create a safe atmosphere so you can happily join in, experiment, or even get silly—and feel closer to your child while doing so. 

Music Together Classes 

* Fully trained, registered Music Together® teachers lead groups of six to twelve children and their parents or caregivers (nannies, babysitters, grandparents, or relatives) in forty-five minutes of music and movement experiences. 
* Each weekly class offers a dozen songs and rhythmic rhymes, including fingerplays, small- and large-movement activities, and instrument play. 
* Children and their adults have opportunities to create and improvise—making up new words to songs, offering movement ideas, making silly sounds, and sharing musical ideas from the family's play at home. 
* The relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented classroom setting respects and supports the unique learning styles, developmental levels, and temperaments of all participants, creating a strong sense of community. 
* Each semester, families receive a CD with a downloadable code and a beautifully illustrated songbook that’s filled with music-making ideas for spontaneous music play beyond the weekly classes. 

 

Quote from a piano teacher:

"I tend to wait until a child turns age 7 before starting them on piano but will consider taking them at age 6 if they have been in an early childhood music program for a while.  I have noticed that the children who have taken Music Together classes, consistently in the early years, have all the basics in place for music readiness for piano lessons (or any other formal instrument lessons), when they start lessons with me.

 They have a huge advantage over children who haven't mastered being able to sing in tune, or keep a beat yet and they tend to spend many of their first or second semester in an instrument lesson trying to get familiar with the basics which are already in place for the children who have taken MT classes for a while.  Such a wonderful program and simply makes starting an instrument so much easier" (Kristen Manning, Piano teacher).