The cornerstone of the Music Together® program is the Mixed-Age music class, for children from birth to age 5 - and the grownups who love them. We offer a true family music class for the youngest to the oldest great-grandparent. Imagine an extended family with a dozen kids and a bunch of caring adults - you get the idea!
Six to twelve children, their parents or caregivers, and our trained class teacher gather in an informal circle to sing, play, enjoy movement games, and even explore instruments together. The teacher leads the class in songs that range from tender lullabies to boisterous jams - all developed with the guidance of child development research, and decades-long experience in seeing what music gives children joy! Music Together was founded in 1987; Heartland Music Together started in the Greater Louisville area in 2004.
Children are free to participate, watch, or leave the circle and move around the room (no running, please). We know that children who appear not to be paying attention are really learning in their own way, and will often repeat class activities perfectly once they're at home.
“I’m so glad you reiterate that it’s normal for children to quietly observe in class, then go home and sing and dance like crazy! If you didn’t tell us that, I’d have been thinking something was “wrong” with my child. Instead, I’m able to rejoice when I hear and see her “performing” new songs from class at home all the time.” - parent
And now our Mixed-Age classes include Music Together con Español, a pressure-free way to expose your child to a 2nd language. The songs have been recorded in a mixture of English and Spanish! Read more about that class here. Do you have a new baby singer in the house? Check out our Babies-only class for infants up to 8 months. (Babies are welcome in all our classes except Rhythm Kids.)
Every class features a mix of songs, chants, rhythm and tonal play, movement games, and music exploration with simple musical instruments. Some activities are guided, and some feature free improvisation and exploration. Classes flow from quiet activities to all-out “shake-your-body” fun, and always end with a quiet lullaby and ritual goodbye song. Click to listen to some Music Together songs.
“I like how a lot of the class music is made by the adults, children and instruments and not having every song played on a CD player.” - parent
"I am always doing what I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” - Pablo Picasso