Little Nightingales Music Together is now accepting registrations for its winter semester of music classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents and/or other caregivers. Called Music Together, the classes will be offered at various times beginning January 15, 2013. Interested families may attend free sample classes January 4-10. Visit www.LittleNightingalesMusicTogether.com or call 917-334-7131 to schedule a demonstration class time.
According to center director Kelli Shrewsbury Lewis, Music Together classes involve both children and parents or other caregivers in informal singing, chanting, moving, listening, and instrument playing activities that are developmentally appropriate for very young children. Continuing the activities informally at home is made easier by the CD, songbook, and parent education materials included in the cost of tuition. A parent education evening is offered each semester for parents enrolled in the program.
The Music Together philosophy is based on the belief that all children are musical. An environment of informal music activities should be made available to all children. Because today’s families tend to passively consume music through recordings and concerts rather than participate in music activities, many children are deprived of the opportunity to learn basic music skills the way they learn almost everything else: from the example of their primary caregivers. Music Together stresses that parents do not have to be skilled musicians to provide this opportunity, and that enthusiastic participation is more important than getting the notes right.
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement curriculum for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and the adults who love them. Originally offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. Music Together classes are now offered in more than 2,000 communities in over 25 countries around the world.
For more information on classes in the local area, offered by Little Nightingales Music Together, visit www.LittleNightingalesMusicTogether.com.
Center Director Kelli Shrewsbury Lewis recently returned home to Carmel after eighteen years in New York City, where she worked as a professional actress and singer. As a member of the vocal jazz octet, Pieces of 8, Kelli toured nationally and recorded four CDs with the group. Kelli is a registered Music Together instructor and has taught the program for four years in New York.