Class Descriptions

 

Mixed Ages (birth to 5 years)

This is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth through kindergarten—and through all nine song collections (and beyond!). This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—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 and any caregiver—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the child(ren) to class.

To see a mixed ages class in action, check out this wonderful video at musictogether.com. 


Babies (birth to 8 months)

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 eight months and younger at the time of registration may attend a Mixed Ages Class, whether registered on their own or attending free with an older brother or sister. Babies eight months and under (who are not yet crawling/independently mobile) may also take the special "Babies Class" offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together. (This class cannot be repeated.) The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents to interact with their babies and to learn about music development in infants. Meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby.

To start a babies class with five of your friends, contact valleycatmusic@gmail.com.

 

1 & Under

Sometimes a class of recent Babies class graduates wants to stay together a little longer before switching to a Family class. It's not a Babies class, but it's not really a mixed-age Family class, either. It's a super-awesome congregation of littles under and around one, using a modified Family/Babies curriculum that fits the folks in the room. Lying-down babies, rolling-over babies, crawling babies... even newly walking babies. This is an unofficial class designed purely by chance... and by the needs of babies to be babies.

 

Music Together Rhythm Kids (4&5s, K – 2nd grades) CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

The Music Together Rhythm Kids program is a new adventure for Valley Cat Music (we are joining the pilot in its third year)! A drumming-based curriculum that builds on Family-class experiences but is its own program, classes are for older children in two levels: 1) 4- and 5-year-olds with parent and 2) kindergarten through 2nd grade without parent (though parents are always welcome). Level 2 families will need to purchase their own djembe for home practice; drums will be provided for Level 1 participants. Please take advantage of this special opportunity and tell your friends!

 

Adult Guitar Class

Join other parents or teachers from class to learn beginning guitar using the songs from your current Music Together collection (if everyone agrees, this class can be converted to a group ukulele class, but only if everyone is learning uke). This is a mixed-stage class, so students who have never played before can learn next to folks who are dusting off an old friend and reminding themselves how all those chords go... all without children and in the company of like-minded grownups. It's a fun time and open only to current registrants/teachers and their spouses. Classes begin the third week of the session and are held at Valley Cat Studio in Valley Village. Private lessons are also available (guitar and ukulele).

 

Music Together Generations™

We are looking for a retirement/nursing home in a central valley location (between Encino and Burbank) to hold a Mixed Ages+ class, where residents participate alongside children and parents to create a generational mix that is truly a gift to everyone involved. If you know of the perfect place, please contact the director.

 

Preschool (In-School) Curriculum
 

Valley Cat Music currently provides the Music Together In-School Curriculum to Almost Home Daycare in North Hollywood and is available to bring Music Together to your preschool, kindergarten/early elementary, daycare, or other educational institution that serves children up to age 8. Please contact Deborah Dietrich at valleycatmusic@gmail.com if you would like to schedule a meeting. 

 

 

Holiday Interim Session

This three-week special session is an opportunity to enjoy music of the season as well as Music Together favorites at a time when we would otherwise be between sessions, waiting for our favorite music class to start again in January. In and out in three weeks, glowing from the ho-ho-hos and light motifs and ready to greet the season with a heart that's just a little bit (or maybe a lot!) warmer.

Children (and adults) of all ages are welcome to attend. If you have a sibling drop in, it's $20. Tell a friend! Every family receives a Music Together "Family Favorites 2" CD set and song booklet OR download code if they don't already have this compilation. We will use a combination of those songs and familiar songs of the season.

The Holiday session is one of the two sessions where you can register to drop in for one class ($25). Because of this drop-in flexibility, there are no free demos. Just sign up to drop in by registering for the class or using the demo scheduler, and if you like it, apply your drop-in fee to the remainder of the Holiday session (if you visited the first week), drop  in again, or register for the full winter session starting in January!

 

Pajama Class—Lullabies & Loveys
 

This evening class is perfect for working parents and for kids who need a ritualized calming-down experience before bedtime. Bring your child's favorite lovey/stuffy (small enough for them to carry), a blanket, and a flashlight. We will follow the Music Together curriculum but adjust the flow to create a slow-down as we approach the end of the class so your children will be ready to snuggle into bed as soon as you get home! Contact deborah@valleycatmusic.com if you're interested in being placed on a waiting list to start this class.



 

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Family (0-5)

Children birth to 5 years with parent(s) or caregiver. Enjoy ten weeks of music immersion with singing, dancing, chants and fingerplays, instrument play, jam sessions, and improvisation in a supportive, community environment.

This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five—and through all nine distinct song collections. Teachers lead informal instruction where children may or may not participate as they choose and do so according to their developmental level. This class is freely mixed with ages from birth to age five where the activities focus on adult-child interaction rather than child-child. Many childhood educators consider mixed-age groupings beneficial, and the process of music development throughout this age range is similar.

Family Class - Summer

Children birth to 5 years with caregiver. Enjoy six weeks of music immersion with singing, dancing, chants and fingerplays, instrument play, jam sessions, and improvisation in a supportive, community environment.

This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five with siblings and relatives. Older siblings home for the summer may attend as well at director's discretion.

Teachers lead informal instruction where children may or may not participate as they choose and do so according to their developmental level. This class is freely mixed ages from birth to age five where the activities focus on adult-child interaction rather than child-child. Many childhood educators consider mixed-age groupings beneficial, and the process of music development throughout this age range is similar.

 

 

Babies (0-8m.)

This class is designed for parents and their pre-crawling infants eight months and younger at the time of registration.

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 may attend a Mixed Ages Class, whether registered on their own or attending for free with an older brother or sister. Babies eight months and under (who are not yet crawling/independently mobile) may also take the special "Babies Class" offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together (this class cannot be repeated). The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents to interact with their babies and to learn about music development in infants. Meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby. 

Babies - Summer

This class is designed for parents and their pre-crawling infants eight months and younger at the time of registration.


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 may attend a Mixed Ages Class, whether registered on their own or attending for free with an older brother or sister. Babies eight months and under (who are not yet crawling/independently mobile) may also take the special "Babies Class" offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together (this class cannot be repeated). The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents to interact with their babies and to learn about music development in infants. Meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby. 

Big Kids® (5-8yrs)

The Music Together Big Kids class is a new offering from Music Together for older children 5 to 8 years old (kindergarten through 2nd grade and up). This one-hour class encourages more independence (kids attend by themselves except for the beginning and end of class) and reaches further toward music literacy while maintaining all the creativity and fun of the mixed-age class. Check out this video to learn about the class and what kind of fun and discovery your older child can experience!

  

Adult Guitar

The Music Together Adult Guitar class is open to adults related to registered students only. It's an eight-week grownups-only gathering that starts week 3 of a 10-week session and is designed to teach beginners through intermediates in a mixed-stage atmosphere. No advanced skills will be taught. You provide your own guitar (nylon-string classical guitars recommended for beginners), capo, and tuner, and I will teach you how to play songs from the current Music Together collection, starting with the Hello Song (plus one song of your choice from outside the Music Together repertoire). Your kids will love you, and you will be showing them that even "old" people can learn a new skill (and it feels great)!

Comes with curriculum materials in a binder, one per person. Childcare is not provided; adults only. 

Rhythm Kids™ Level One

Drumming-based music curriculum for 4- and 5-year-olds with caregiver.

Rhythm Kids Level Two

Drumming-based music curriculum for kindergarten through 2nd graders, dropped off. (Further description to come!)