Since Music Together’s inception over 30 years ago, the utmost value has been placed on in-person, community-oriented music classes. We believe that is the best way to experience music...TOGETHER! However, we now find ourselves in an unprecedented time where we are being asked to stay home for the safety of others around us.
Let us continue to bring The Joy of Family Music® making into your living room, while keeping the 'together' in Music Together.
Music Together Online is a package of online music experiences and resources that create a comprehensive music learning program. Each week you'll get:
One 30-minute live, interactive Zoom class with your beloved teacher. There will be extra time for kids to muck about with each other on the camera and adults to chat and text each other in the chat box before and after class. (Maximum 12 families)
All NEW music from the Maracas collection via digital download of both the music and the songbook. (We’re hoping for a Maracas “Get Your Book” party in June if we’re safe by then.)
A new West Side Music Together family portal for registered families with additional videos related to parent education, musical crafts, lullabies, music mini sessions, and more at www.westsidemusictogether.ca
Downloadable family resources (colouring pages, musical games, etc) on the Music Together Family Zone at www.MusicTogether.com
Access to videos from our very own Uncle Gerry, exclusively for enrolled Music Together Online families
8 weeks of classes starting the week of April 7th (We’ll do another online session if we’re still housebound by June!)
How Does is Work?
We know screen time isn’t generally recommended for this age group, but here’s the difference: YOU! When children stare at a screen and passively receive information, they don’t take it in the same way nor do they learn in the same way as when they have the active participation of a caregiver or parent. SO, just like in our classes, you’re still the most important part. Your teacher will be on the screen, they might see their classmates on the screen, but it is truly the interaction of the parent/caregiver with the child that is going to continue their music development! Seeing and hearing you speaking the language of music is vital for them to learn the language themselves. Children learn any language at this age by listening to the adults around them speak that language. Music is no different. Your teacher won’t be “performing” for everyone online, but instead, just as always, she’ll be facilitating all the adults participation and role modeling for their little ones! We encourage you to participate the same way you would normally in the classroom even if your child wanders away and comes back frequently through the class. We will support each other as grown-ups in this experience and we will be receiving a lots of benefits ourselves like increased endorphin and oxitocin levels and generally 'upping' our mood through the act of making music. Lucky us!
Tuition and Registration:
We are offering our 8 week online package for $140 per family and we encourage the whole family to participate together no matter their age. Your teachers will be paid their full salary for every class they teach. We thank you for the good word of mouth you've been sharing about us and we'd love to bring your friends into our community. Making music with more families will help us stay afloat! And, of course, we all make the world a better place when we make it more musical.
Find out WHEN to register here. See below for class schedule and registration link once registraiton has opened.
What do I Need?
*You'll automatically be prompted to download the free Zoom App when you click on the link for your Zoom class and here's a short video on how to join a Zoom class for easy reference.
*You'll need something to view the class on so having a laptop, desktop, phone or tablet is necessary.
Lastly, please let me encourage you to think of this offering as a way to connect with your child, your teacher and with others in your community. We need each other during this time and we need music. We need something on this new quarantine schedule that is predictable, joyful, and reassuring! And even though we can’t be together in person, we can still be silly, interactive and playful “together” online. We hope you’ll join us!
Stay home. Stay healthy. We love you!
Our 8 week ONLINE spring term starts Friday April 10th and ends Thursday June 4th. We have added neighborhoods to our classes so families can create a feeling of community from home but feel free to register for whichever day and time works best for your family.