Whether you’re with us Outdoors In-Person, or Online, we want you to sing, dance, and have fun! You might be surprised to hear that you are your child's most important music teacher right now—regardless of your own abilities! Young children develop dispositions for certain things—including the love of music and singing— by observing and imitating their loved ones. Simply by participating enthusiastically during class and playing with the ideas at home, you'll give your children the model they need to learn to love making music. Please help us create a music-only environment in our classes, by waiting until after class to use your cell phone or socialize with other grownups.
At Music Together children are never required to sit in the circle, nor are they expected to conform to an adult's idea of participation. We know that children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly, through observation, interactions with adults and older children, and through imitation, play, and, especially, movement. One hallmark of Music Together is the insight that children will naturally develop music ability simply when they are immersed in a community of families all making music.
Children's responses depend on their most dominant learning style and temperament as well as their age and developmental level. Some might follow the teacher right away. Many will simply want to watch and absorb, particularly in the first few weeks of class. Some might crawl or toddle around; others may be stimulated by the music and respond more actively, by running, jumping, or dancing. All of these are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment they’re experiencing. Throughout the semester, your teacher will help you tune in to how your children learn best, so you can support their music development in class and at home. Feel free to ask if you have any questions!
Play your songs at home and in the car frequently, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make the music available for your children to listen to while they’re playing or before nap or bedtime.
Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and for some musical inspiration at home. The music notation is in the book if you play an instrument and want to play along. Try using the songbook at story time or bed time, instead of a regular book, and sing through the songs with your child as you look at the beautiful illustrations.
Each class has between 6 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).
We offer two makeup classes during each semester session. Please visit our Make Up Classes page to learn more.
Requests for class changes must be initiated within the first three weeks of the semester. Depending on class availability, changes are made at the discretion of the center director and teachers involved. Changes are not made after the third week of the semester.
Blue Ridge Music Together welcomes families at any point during the semester! We’d really prefer new families to get at least six classes in during their first session. Families may makeup classes at any point during the semester.
Please feel comfortable to nurse or bottle-feed your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms.
For our Outdoor In-Person classes we may have an occasional cancellation due to weather. We will tack on up to two makeup classes per class at the end of the semester, should we need to cancel class due to inclement weather. Beyond two weather occurrences classes will meet online instead, at your regularly scheduled class day and time, and you will be sent a Zoom link on the morning of your class. Announcements regarding cancellations will be posted in the News section of our website and our Facebook and our Facebook page whenever possible. When weather is questionable, please be sure to check those pages before venturing out to In-Person classes.
Music Together® classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday, and it is natural to want to bring them with you to class. All guests must be prearranged with the teacher to ensure adequate space in the class.
Yes, parents, grandparents, or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time—no need to ask!
Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it's the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and gaining self-confidence. Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviors earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behavior of children of varying ages. Plus, it allows everyone—siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers—to share in the musical experience together!
Families can purchase a Blue Ridge Music Together Tuition Gift Certificate online at any time during the semester or year. They make fabulous baby shower, birthday, or holiday gifts.