What can I expect from class?

Music Together® is designed for children ages birth through five years of age.  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 their musical environment and guide them towards a lifetime of music-making enjoyment.

Why aren't there separate classes for different age groups?

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.  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 the field.

What is the class size?

Each class has 6-12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s).

Can I bring my un-registered older sibling to class?

Older siblings of registered students are always allowed to attend class with their siblings. 

What if I miss a class during the semester?

Makeups are available during the current semester.  You can schedule your makeup online using the Makeup Scheduler or feel free to reach out to Stacy directly at (501) 547-0060 to let us know you are coming.  Makeups do not carry over from previous semesters, but you can schedule makeup classes prior to missing your regular class.

Can I switch to a different class?

Changes can be made depending on class availability.

What if I start after the semester begins?

Late registration will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Can we eat in class?

Please feel comfortable to nurse your child in class, but we ask that you do not bring food or drink into the classroom.

Is it OK for more than one adult to come to 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.

As a parent, what is my role in class?

Enhance your child's experience in class by remembering to sing, sing, sing!  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 (unnecessarily) 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.

Resist the urge to give verbal directions.  It can be tough to restrain the impulse to give your child directives such as "Do what she is doing" or "Hold your instrument this way", but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself.  Wandering toddlers are 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!

I would like my nanny/caregiver to take my child to class each week and s/he cares for other children as well.  How do I register?

If the nanny is caring for two children from two different families, each family needs to register their child independently.  But the nanny can bring them together.  This is because each family will receive the Music Together songbook and CDs, as well as the code to download the music.  The classes are intended to be integrated at home, therefore, each child will need to be treated as a separate family.  In the case of a nanny caring for siblings, the pricing would be treated as a sibling add-on and the discounted rate would apply.

How should we use the Music Together materials?

Play your CD at home and in the car as frequently as possible, especially during the first few weeks of class.  Make it 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 as 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 school-aged.

New Music Together parents receive our introductory DVD "Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically."  During class, your teacher will refer to topics and point out examples of things covered in the video.  We are also happy to discuss your child's progress in obtaining musical competence at any time outside of class. If you are a returning student and it has been months or years since you have read the Parent Guide or seen the new DVD, reread it or ask for a copy of the DVD today!  You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child's music development.

May I bring a camera/cell phone to class?

Occasionally classes at Music Together are photographed and/or recorded (sometimes professionally, sometimes by outside observers).  These photographs/recordings are sometimes used for publicity purposes.  Parents are asked to sign appropriate release forms at the beginning of each semester for just these occasions.  As our classes are participatory and educational experiences between adults and children, we ask our families to please refrain from taking photos/videos or texting during class time.  Please leave your phone outside the room for this period of time.  That being said, on occasion we will give permission for a few pictures during class to capture the special moments.  Before and after class pictures are always welcome.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Gift certificates for Music Together of Conway classes can be purchased here.  They make a nice baby shower or birthday gift.  Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts and special occasions!