Class Types

Starlight Starbright Music offers several different types of Music Together® classes.

 

The Music Together Mixed-Age class 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 or 8 weeks in the summer. Each registered family receives a songbook, CDs, and song download code; families new to the program also receive a new-family DVD. To hear some song samples, click here.
 

 



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 Music Together Babies class offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together.

The music activities 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 and 6 or 8 weeks in the summer. Each registered family receives a songbook, CDs, and song download code; families new to the program also receive a new-family DVD. To watch our Babies video, click here. To hear some song samples, click here.
 

 

 

Music Together Rhythm Kids is the next musical step for 4- to 5-year-old preschoolers (Level 1) and 5- to 8-year-old children in grades K-2 (Level 2). Each week we drum, sing, dance, play rhythm instruments, and begin to play music-based games.

Rhythm Kids Level 1 guides children toward developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, where they can begin to take charge, lead others, and be musically creative, as they

  • make up their own drumming patterns,
  • invent new ways to play rhythm instruments,
  • create movement ideas for songs, and
  • even take drum solos!

In Rhythm Kids Level 2, children integrate and assimilate rhythm into their lives, as they

  • learn multicultural drumming patterns,
  • develop new repertoire on various percussion instruments,
  • explore movement and dance while singing songs,
  • play games based on music and drumming, and
  • have fun with a host of rhythm activities.

Children enrolled in Level 1 classes must be accompanied by an adult caregiver; in Level 2 classes, an adult caregiver's attendance is welcome but not mandatory. Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once weekly for 10 weeks in the fall, winter, and spring; no classes are available during the summer. Each registered family receives an animal collection songbook, CDs, and access to online drum-play videos and other material. Drums are provided for the children each week.

Listen below to samples of some of the songs written specifically for the Music Together Rhythm Kids program.*
 

*'Bout My Friends, Tom Foote and Justine Chadley, arranged by Kenneth K. Guilmartin, © 2017 Music Together LLC (ASCAP)
Chandamaama Raave, Traditional, arranged and adapted with English lyrics by Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Tom Foote, © 2017 Music Together LLC (ASCAP)
Hip Hop Hippo, Tom Foote and Kenneth K. Guilmartin, arranged with Lawrence Haber and Karttikeya, © 2016 Music Together LLC (ASCAP)
Kakilambe, Traditional, arranged and adapted by Kenneth K. Guilmartin, © 2015 Music Together LLC (ASCAP)
All songs copyrighted Music Together LLC. All rights reserved. Sound clips used by permission of the copyright holder.

 

 

 


In order to help caregivers learn their child’s favorite Music Together songs on the guitar, we offer the Music Together Guitar for Grownups program. This program is offered exclusively to families whose children are enrolled in one or more of Music Together's parent-child classes and to preschool teachers whose classes are enrolled in Music Together In-School. 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. Each registered student receives a guitar workbook; students must bring their own guitar, capo, and current semester songbook.
 

 

 


Music Together Sing Shalom is a pilot program being developed in collaboration between The Jewish Education Project and local Music Together centers in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, with funding provided by UJA-Federation of New York. This program has been uniquely designed using the internationally recognized Music Together program enriched with songs from throughout the Jewish world. Each week, a community of families comes together to sing, dance, and play along in a class led by a trained Music Together teacher. The music includes multicultural, traditional, and original Music Together songs, supplemented with Jewish repertoire. Families learn lots of ways to interact musically with their children, supporting their development, strengthening family relationships, and helping them connect with the Jewish music tradition. Best of all, it's fun!

Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once weekly for 10 weeks in the fall, winter, and spring. Each registered family receives a songbook, CDs, song download code, and supplemental digital and printed resources; families new to the program also receive a new-family DVD.

Parents enrolled in the pilot semester of Music Together Sing Shalom may be eligible to receive a $100 voucher for their participation in class evaluations and a focus group with other enrolled parents. Focus groups will take place in November or December 2017. Vouchers will be awarded after the fall 2017 semester ends. To learn more, contact Shariee Calderone at scalderone@JewishEdProject.org.
 

 

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.
     


We have provided the Music Together program in the Head Start/Early Head Start preschools in White Plains, as well as several other area preschools. If you are interested in our providing Music Together In-School in your child's preschool, please contact us.