Over the Moon Music offers several different types of Music Together® classes.
This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age 5--and through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers by grouping children of a variety of ages in one class. This approach fosters natural, family-style learning where 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 developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments. We welcome the whole family to join in this important family music experience. One or more adult caregivers--parents, grandparents, nanny--bring the child(ren) to class.
Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once weekly for 10 weeks in the fall, winter, and spring and 6 weeks (and sometimes for 4 weeks, in a separate session) in the summer.
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 6 months and younger at the time of registration may attend a mixed-age class, whether registered on their own or attending free with an older brother or sister. Alternatively, babies 6 months and younger may take a special babies class offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together. This class is given at the discretion of the director and cannot be repeated.
The music activities and materials in a babies class are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in infants. This type of class also enables parents to meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating music activities that they can re-create at home with the baby.
Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once weekly for 10 weeks in the fall, winter, and spring; babies classes are not offered during the summer.
Big Kids™ Classes
Children at 5 to 7 years of age are exploring new activities, mastering skills, and gaining independence, and parents must make choices about extracurricular activities that complement their children's school experiences and support their growth--both in music and in life! The new Music Together Big Kids®
program helps children take the next step in music development by blending the elements of Music Together that parents and children love with new activities, skills, and challenges that are developmentally appropriate for 5- through 7-year-olds. The Big Kids classroom is a safe, familiar, fun environment where children can experiment with conducting and improvisation, story songs, "silly opera," game songs, instrumental solos and ensembles, vocal development, harmony singing, choreography, drumming, and solfege.
The music activities and materials in a Big Kids class are specially
designed for children who are 5 through 7 years of age. Parent attendance is welcome but not required except for class 1. However, parents are encouraged to attend class 10, as well as the last 10 minutes of every class with their younger children. Classes are 60 minutes long and meet once weekly for 10 weeks in the
fall, winter, and spring; Big Kids classes are not offered during the
Guitar Classes for Grownups
In order to help caregivers learn their child’s favorite Music Together songs on the guitar, Music Together has instituted a guitar program for adults. This program is offered exclusively to families whose children are enrolled in one or more Over the Moon Music's classes and to preschool teachers whose classes are enrolled in Music Together Preschool. In class, students learn basic beginner guitar concepts, including simplified chording, so that they may accompany themselves and their families as soon as possible.
Classes are 60 minutes long and meet once weekly for 8 weeks in the
fall, winter, and spring; guitar classes are not offered during the
summer. Students must bring their own guitar, capo, and current semester songbook.
Imagine a school where music is an essential part of your child's core curriculum! A school where:
--Music Together specialists teach music and movement classes weekly in cooperation with classroom teachers.
--Classroom teachers follow through on the weekly sessions, adapting activities to their curriculum needs and interests.
--Recordings, songbooks, and teaching materials are provided for classroom use.
--Children “bring the music home” for parent/child musical play, sharing the songs and activities learned in school.
--Parents become involved through the Music Together recordings and songbooks given to each family and through special parent events at school.
--Children learn from the model of music participation set by both parents and classroom teachers.
--Children, parents, teachers, and staff make music together at school-wide events.
--The joy of extended family music at home and in school creates a natural circle of learning that builds parent/child, parent/teacher and parent/school relationships.
Over the Moon Music is currently providing the Music Together program in the Head Start/Early Head Start preschools in White Plains. If you are interested in our providing the program in your child's preschool, please contact us.