Music Together® Early Childhood

  • Coronavirus Update: NEW as of May 20, 2020

    Following the policy statement in early April by President Michael Driscoll in regard to the COVID-19 threat, and the announcement that all summer courses for the university will be online with no face-to-face instruction, the IUP Community Music School also canceled all face-to-face instruction through the end of the summer 2020 semester.

    Guitar classes do not normally meet during the summer, but registration for online private lessons is OPEN and will be ongoing and rolling through Friday, July 10.

    Please see the IUP Community Music School home page for additional information. For more information from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, please see the comprehensive Coronavirus Information page.

    Description:

    Music Together is an internationally recognized music and movement program for children birth through age five —and the grownups who love them. First offered in 1987, Music Together has been a pioneer in the field of early childhood music with innovative and high-quality music education and outreach programs that redefine what musical means.

    Now with 2,500 locations in 40 countries worldwide, it is a highly research-based program and the brainchild of composer/musician Kenneth Guilmartin, founder of the Center for Music and Young Children; and Lili Levinowitz, a national authority on early childhood music and professor of music education at Rowan University.

    At the core of the Music Together approach is the idea that young children learn best from the powerful role models of parents/caregivers who are actively making music. The program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and then facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home in daily life—which is so important to music development and early childhood learning.

    It’s based on the recognition that in a supportive environment, children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and confidently participate in the music of their culture. Music Together creates that environment! By emphasizing actual music-making experiences, the program introduces children to the pleasures of producing music instead of passively consuming it from iTunes or TV. It is very high-touch, face to face, heart to heart, and voice to voice—a truly bonding and enriching experience.

    Registration

    Fall Session, 2020: Opens TBA
    Spring Session 2021: Opens TBA
    Summer Session 2021: TBA

    Instructor

    TBA.

    Level

    Family-style mixed-age classes, newborns to age five (no prerequisites)

    “Try-A-Class”

    This gives the option of trying the program one time, free of charge. Simply email the instructor to make arrangements to attend any class. Depending on when you attend the class, you may need to wait until the next available session of classes, or you may be able to start attending the current session.

    Demo Classes

    At the request of the parents/caregivers, class sessions can be preceded by a shortened demonstration class, which first-time participants are encourage to do. These classes are for the parent/caregiver and child, are free, and are designed to give you an idea of what the classes are like even before the first official class. If you would like to participate in a demo class, be sure to email the instructor to reserve a date.

    Parent Open House

    Also at the request of the parents/caregivers, a Parent Open House can be offered two weeks into each session. A “kid-free” event, this is an opportunity for parents/caregivers to talk more in-depth about the program with the instructor, ask questions, and receive additional information on Music Together and its pioneering research-based curriculum.

    Class Size Limit

    Eight children per class

    Note: Materials are purchased per family, not per child, and include the current session’s Song CD, with over 25 beloved songs (two copies); its companion  songbook; access to the  Family Music Zone; Music Together’s semester  newsletter; and a copy of Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically, complete with a  DVD and booklet for newly enrolled Music Together families.

  • Coronavirus Update: NEW as of May 20, 2020

    Following the policy statement in early April by President Michael Driscoll in regard to the COVID-19 threat, and the announcement that all summer courses for the university will be online with no face-to-face instruction, the IUP Community Music School also canceled all face-to-face instruction through the end of the summer 2020 semester.

    Guitar classes do not normally meet during the summer, but registration for online private lessons is OPEN and will be ongoing and rolling through Friday, July 10.

    Please see the IUP Community Music School home page for additional information. For more information from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, please see the comprehensive Coronavirus Information page.

    Schedule (Day, Time, Room):

    TBA.

    Fall Semester, 2020

    • Demo Classes — TBA; email the instructor to schedule a class.
    • Parent Open House — TBA; open to any interested parents/caregivers, but scheduled by appointment only; email the instructor to schedule.
    • Day/Time for classes TBA
    • Cost: TBA
      • Additional child, TBA
      • Babies under eight months attend free with a paying sibling.
    • Notes: A day/time for a make-up class will be announced by the instructor.

    Spring Semester, 2021

    • Demo Class — TBA; open to any interested parents/caregivers, but scheduled by appointment only; email the instructor to schedule a class.
    • Parent Open House — TBA; open to any interested parents/caregivers, but scheduled by appointment only; email the instructor to schedule.
    • Day/time for classes TBA
    • Cost: TBA
      • Additional child, TBA
      • Babies under eight months attend free with a paying sibling.
    • Note: A day/time for a make-up class will be announced by the instructor.

    Summer Semester, 2021

    • TBA

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