Class Descriptions

Music Together Online (birth to ?? years)

Please visit the landing page for Music Together Online for details. This truly mixed-age class welcomes all family members at home during class time, and if you have another caregiver (grandparent, second parent, nanny) who'd like to join, as long as there's bandwidth, they're welcome to join the Zoom!

 

Music Together Outdoors (birth to 5 years)

Gather in-person with your Valley Cat friends for a small, socially distanced & masked Music Together class! For backyard classes, each family may bring one adult and up to two children (siblings will have a reduced tuition like previous in-person classes); park classes (if any) can hold two adults per family. Everybody brings their own blanket and a basic set of instruments, and a waiver must be signed for all in-person locations prior to arrival. We will maintain distancing throughout the class, with each family swimming in its own "pond." Practicing sitting on your "pond" blanket is a great idea before coming to class. Outdoor participants will have access to the private Facebook group where video content lives and I will post what instruments you need each week and what music to focus on.

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.

 

Big Kids - Jammin' (5 to 8 years)

Big Kids is for Music Together "graduates" interested in continuing to make music, have fun, and prepare for the Rhythm Kids experience. Using the classic Big Kids curriculum, which keeps the Hello and Goodbye songs as your kids knew them, we will sing, chant, dance, play percussion, make up verses, continue to learn rhythm and tonality as we get to know each other in a small group with no parents (in-person class only). Online, parents are welcome to participate, but no siblings under 5.

 

 

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.

 

Adult Guitar OR Ukulele 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).

 

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 Lullabies download code to use in the free Music Together app, which also comes with eight free Music Together songs. We will use a combination of those songs, other Music Together winter-related songs, and familiar songs of the season.

The Holiday session is one of the two sessions where you can sign up to drop in for one class ($25). Because of this drop-in flexibility, there are no free demos. You can 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!

 

Music Together Rhythm Kids (K – 2nd grades/5–8) [ON HOLD]

The Music Together Rhythm Kids program is a drumming-based curriculum that builds on Family-class experiences but is its own program. Classes are for children who are kindergarten-age through 2nd grade without parent (though parents are always welcome). Families will need to purchase their own djembe for home practice and to bring to class, though drums will also be provided in class. Videos are included in the Music Together app and online for Rhythm Kids families, and the music has been written/culled specifically for this program. Please take advantage of this special opportunity and tell your friends! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

 

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. 

 

Pajama Class—Lullabies & Loveys [ON HOLD]
 

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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MT-Online Family/Mixed Ages

Music Together Online is a live class on Zoom, held weekly and recorded (teacher only) for on-demand use throughout the session. Because it's online, screen time* is reduced to 35 minutes, including time to greet and chat before and after class. The rest is pure Music Together educational fun in the comfort and convenience of your home! 

For the Music Together Online class, we invite all family members of all ages to participate for one price. The classic curriculum focuses on children birth through five, but the family musical interaction in your house (or the addition of a grandparent Zooming with us) is not only beneficial to your child—it's beneficial for you, too!

Each family with children must register separately, but a visiting cousin (or other class-age relative) may pay a drop-in fee if they're only able to be with us for one class. Siblings in same house are free; please enroll them so we have their names/bdays!

All registrants may invite one adult relative (or two on one device) to join a class during the session.

* Note that babies should be placed facing you, not the screen, so you receive class instruction and they receive your music-making with them. All children need the modeling of their adult caregiver as well as the space to move away from your device as desired.

MT-Outdoors Family/Mixed Ages

Gather in-person with your Valley Cat friends for a small, socially distanced & masked Music Together class! For back-yard classes, each family may bring one adult and up to two children (siblings will have a reduced tuition like previous in-person classes); park classes (if any) can hold two adults per family. Everybody brings their own blanket and a basic set of instruments, and a waiver must be signed for all in-person locations prior to arrival. We will maintain distancing throughout the class, with each family swimming in its own "pond." Practicing sitting on your "pond" blanket is a great idea before coming to class. Outdoor participants will have access to the private Facebook group where video content lives and where you will be told what instruments you need each week and what music to focus on.

All Music Together sessions include a set of music materials: download of 25-song collection & CD, fully illustrated songbook, guides for parents on early childhood music-making, and the Hello, Everybody app to unlock your music and other "Play" activities, including a notation booklet and digital version of the songbook.

Due to the nature of COVID and our desire to keep everyone as safe as possible, there will be no makeup classes in other outdoor classes at this time, no demos or drop-ins, and no refunds. Thank you for understanding! We can't wait to make music together with you again.