Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo classes will resume the week of April 6 in a new online format being piloted in partnership with Music Together. Enrolled families will receive access to a private Facebook group, where we will be delivering virtual class experiences as well as supplemental activities and resources to use at home. Due to the shelter-in-place, we will be mailing Canta y Baila materials to families and emailing Hello Everybody access codes to Music Together families. (We'll hold on to the physical materials for when the shelter-in-place ends.) We hope to move back to an in-person format in May and will base our decisions on the latest guidance from the government.
If you decide you prefer to drop the Spring session, please consider converting part or all of your tuition to a tax-deductible donation. This will help us as a nonprofit continue supporting our community, the hardworking musicians on our staff and faculty, and ensure we can continue to serve Austin after this pandemic is over.
(see below about the new format)
Music Together® is a series of mixed-age classes featuring music, playful movement activities, and instrumental jam sessions for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The class offers a research-based, developmentally appropriate music curriculum with emphasis on adult involvement and entire families enjoying and making music together. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child to class.
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. By emphasizing actual music experiences rather than concepts about music, Music Together introduces children to the pleasures of making music instead of passively receiving it from CDs or TV.
Central to the Music Together approach is that young children learn best from the powerful role model of parents/caregivers who are actively making music. The program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and by facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home within the context of daily life.
Music Together is committed to helping families, caregivers, and early childhood professionals rediscover the pleasure and educational value of informal music experiences. All our teachers have successfully completed Music Together’s training program. Music Together applies the latest research in early childhood music development to the program. A curriculum pioneer since 1987.
New Music Together Online Format
In order to accomodate concerns regarding COVID-19, we are switching to an online format via Facebook. As suggested by Music Together®, classes will be posted as 15-minute segments to accommodate children’s shorter attention spans. 3 to 4 segments will be posted a day and will remain online for a week. These segments will be posted at regular times and will feature a mix of Facebook Live and prerecorded video.
In order to view this content, you will need to be already registered in one of our Music Together classes or enroll in the new Music Together Online class. After that, you’ll receive an email with an invitation to a special Facebook group. Once you accept that invite, you’ll be able to peruse the sing-along videos and be able to participate in Facebook Live streams.
Please remember that while our sing-along videos are OK for kids to re-watch by themselves, their purpose is to create a shared experience between them and an adult in the home. The real-life involvement and guidance of YOU, the grown-up (or perhaps even a teenage sibling), is what will make the experience truly meaningful for your child. For those of you concerned about too much screen time for your child, rest assured that NOT ALL SCREEN TIME IS THE SAME. While passive consumption of media has been shown to be detrimental to young minds, what we are creating here is different. We CAN make video work for us in positive ways when it facilitates human connection and creative interaction.
Have questions about our new online class format? See our new FAQs.
Want to know how we protect your health and the health of your children? See our ACMS Health Policy.