What makes Music Together different?
Research. Music Together was first offered to the public in 1987 and pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum. Today classes are offered all over the world including a lab school in Princeton, New Jersey. Ongoing research at the lab school, as well as the research of others, continually informs Music Together’s work on curriculum content and development, varied applications of the program, and teacher training. Everything we do in class has an educational purpose, just ask one of our highly trained teachers. Go to Research and Articles to learn more.
What kinds of programs do you offer?
We have several different offerings for children of varying ages, from birth through eight years: Babies (7 months and under); Mixed Age Family classes (birth-4 yrs); Generations (Mixed Age with the elderly); Rhythm Kids (4-8 yrs); and Guitar for Grown-ups (for parents and caregivers of registered students).
What is the class size?
Each class has 6- 12 registered children plus their primary caregiver(s).
How long are the classes?
All of our classes are 45-minutes except Guitar for Grown-ups, which is 60-minutes. All classes meet once a week.
How long are the sessions? Fall, winter, and spring sessions are 10 weeks, and summer session is 7 weeks. Guitar for Grown-ups classes run for 8 weeks in fall, winter, and spring only.
What is the tuition?
Tuition varies for different programs and sessions (due to length). View our Tuition page.
What if I need to start classes after the session begins?
Late registration sometimes works out, space permitting, up to the third week of a session. Late registration is handled on a case by case basis.
If I must withdraw, what is the refund policy?
Santa Rosa and Windsor classes: Refund Policy here.
Healdsburg classes: Refund Policy here.
What is the make-up policy?
Three make-ups are allowed for each child and must be taken during the current session. Make-ups cannot be carried forward to future sessions. Currently enrolled families can use the Online Make-up Scheduler (the link is also on our Enrolled Families page).
How do I schedule a make-up if I miss a class?
Current families can schedule make-ups online here on our website. Go to our Make-up Scheduler and you'll see a variety of options (the link is also on the Enrolled Families page). You can schedule makeups by day, location, teacher, etc. Once you've scheduled your makeup you will receive a confirmation email.
I forgot my username and/or password. What do I do?
Under the username and password prompts, click ‘Forgot your Password?’ and enter your email address and your information will be emailed to you. If you do not remember which email address you used, contact us.
Can I switch classes mid-session? Consistency is important for your child’s learning, so we ask that you try to settle into your class in the first few weeks of the session as the integral musical community is beginning to form between families and your teacher. However, we understand that especially with young children, schedules change and nap times shift, etc. Therefore, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule and find a class that works for you and your child subject to availability. Contact Ginger via phone at (707) 544-5747 or send an email to discuss your situation.
Can I buy a gift certificate? Gift certificates for any amount towards Music Together classes can be purchased at any time. It makes a nice baby shower or birthday gift. Grandparents love to buy these for holiday gifts. Let us know if you would like it sent directly to the recipient or to the purchaser.Yes! Contact us for details.
How do I redeem my gift certificate? Please contact us by e-mail or phone, (707) 544-5747, to receive instructions.
Do you offer birthday parties?
Not as an organization, but Star Tom, one of our wonderful teachers, does! You can find his contact information here.
Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?
Yes! Additional adults (and kids 8 and up) who are involved in your child's life are welcome any time (at no charge) – 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.
Can I bring in a sibling who is not enrolled for a class visit? Please let us know (e-mail or 707-544-5747) if you want to bring a non-enrolled child over 8 months into a class, as it's not always possible. We allow non-enrolled siblings to visit sometimes, and our policy allows one free class per sibling per session. After that, there is a $15 fee per class, as space permits. This is for siblings from 8 months to 7 years of age (siblings under 8 months are always free). The fees collected from this go to help needy families attend MT class.
Can I bring in a visitor with a child to my class?
Out-of-town guests with children, or visiting children who are not siblings (age 8 mo. to 7 yrs), will be welcome to visit class, with prior notice as space permits, for a $15 drop-in fee. Bringing a prospective family who wishes to "demo" the program is possible too, also with prior notice. Please inquire as to whether there is space for your visitor at least 24 hours before you hope for them to visit. Permission will not be given the morning of the day you want them to come. (Often, we wouldn't even get a message from you that quickly). Please do not bring a visiting child to a class without permission from us first.
Can my child have a snack in class?
Nursing, bottles, and drip-free cups are OK, but we ask that you don’t bring out food during class. To support your child’s experience, you may want to give him/her a snack before class.
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 or other adults during the 45 minutes. Since it is difficult for a young child to mask out adult conversation please wait to socialize till after class, and instead contribute to the creation of a musical environment for the children to absorb. Try not to give verbal directions. It can be tough to restrain the impulse to give your child directives such as "Do what she is doing, hold your instrument this way” but children respond best by just seeing and hearing you doing (and enjoying) it yourself! Wandering toddlers is 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!
How should we use the Music Together materials?
Play your music, either as a CD or digital download (available to all enrolled families) 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 is a written language, too. You can use the songbook even if you don’t read musical notation. New families 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. If you're a returning family and it's been months or years since you have read the Parent Guide or seen the DVD, reread it, or ask for a new copy of the DVD! You may be surprised how valuable it is, especially after having personal experience observing your child's music development.
Where can I buy some of the instruments we have in class?
Instruments are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from http://musictogether.com/Store.
What happens after we complete a session? A different song collection is used each session –there are nine different song collections- so when you re-register, you can look forward to expanding your repertoire with a variety of new songs and chants. The curriculum is designed so that families can continue classes for three years before revisiting a song collection. In three years, you and your child will learn over 375 songs! If you do continue in the program beyond three years (and we hope you will), your child will experience his or her first song collections in a brand new way, as an older child. Read more about the Music Together Curriculum.
I lost my CD or songbook. Can I order another one? If you're currently enrolled in a Music Together class you may order replacement or extra copies of song collection CDs or songbooks by calling (800) 728-2692 x300
How do I join the family Music Zone?
Enrolled families, please click here for instructions on how to visit the "Zone" using the code inside your CD booklet.
What's the Music Together app?
Music Together has created an app for iPhone, iPad, and Android that allows you to stream your Music Together music, use a karaoke feature to sing and make up your own words, and even video your child playing musically, and easily share the video. You can show or hide on-screen lyrics to songs. It also includes a FREE e-book version of the "Hello, Everybody!" singalong storybook! If you're new to Music Together, the app comes pre-loaded with a few songs to get you started. The app is called "Hello, Everybody" and it's free on iTunes (iPhone or iPad) or Google Play (Android).
How can I get the Music Together Singalong Storybooks?
These wonderful books can be ordered HERE.