What can I expect from
Music Together® is designed for children ages birth through kindergarten. 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 her musical environment and guide her towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.
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
What is the class size?
Each class has 6- 12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s). Infant siblings 8 months and under do not count in the class numbers.
Confirmation emails are sent out after the current session returning family deadline. If you register after the deadline, we'll work on your request and will confirm it shortly. If we run into issues with your request, we
What if I need to withdraw
from a class?
Families wishing to withdraw from class must do so 10 days or more before the term begins to receive a full refund. There is a $25 withdrawal fee for withdrawals less than 10 days prior to the start date of the current session (note NOT the start date of your class, but the session start date) and no refunds are given after the session begins. Families are responsible for class attendance. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal or credit and all tuition fees are forfeited.
Music Together does not pro-rate for classes missed due to late registration.
Can we eat in class?
Please feel comfortable nursing your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into the classroom. Fewer distractions in class allow more opportunities for children to engage in musical activities. In addition, we want to protect any children who have allergies to food products such as peanuts or milk. We also encourage you to remove your child's pacifier so (s)he is free to experiment with sounds during 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.
Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing and follow what the teacher is leading. 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" but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself! Wandering toddlers is 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!
Play your CD at home and in the car as
frequently as possible, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make
the CD 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
Where can I buy some of the instruments we use in class?
Instruments are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from musictogether.com/Store.
You are welcome to take pictures during the play-along. We know you are excited about class, but would ask that you wait until after the first week or two of classes so we can make sure that everyone is comfortable. Also, remember, it is so important that you model and participate during class, so please snap a few shots and then join right in with the music making!
Gift certificates for any amount towards 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.
Music Together of Lafayette follows Lafayette Parish district's policy with regard to weather cancellations. Should the public schools close due to inclement weather, our classes will be closed as well. If schools are running on a delayed schedule, our classes will meet as they normally would if they fall in the school-start time frame. For example, if schools are delayed two hours, our 9:15 classes may be canceled/rescheduled but 10:15 and later classes would run. We would alert you to cancellations by email and on our facebook page.