Mixed-Age Class with Grandfriends!
If you’ve ever wished for an extra set or two of grandparents, then we have a class for you! The Generations music class is a Mixed-Age Music Together class with the sweetest twist: the addition of senior participants. Kids and their grownups visit their “Musical Grandfriends” at a local retirement home or senior center and spend time making music as a large extended family.
These intergenerational music classes for seniors and children are popular retirement home activities because the fun songs and children’s liveliness and laughter help to brighten up everybody’s day. Making music together connects people in ways that few other activities can, and this type of class bridges the generations by helping seniors, staff, parents, and kids form new and satisfying relationships.
Contact our director, Katie O'Dea, to book classes at your facility.
Program Partners Say:
"On Monday morning the residents start asking, 'What time are the little ones coming?' It means so much for us to have members of the greater community come visit and bring joy and laughter to the enthralled senior citizens. Our residents have given so much to their communities, and to see it come back full circle is incredible. Although many are dealing with the difficulties of aging, during class they become as carefree as the children."
—Jacqueline Johnston, Engage Life Director at West 86th (An Atria Residence), New York, NY
Music Together Parents Say:
"My children love music. We used to attend a traditional Music Together class and then decided to change to a Generations class. My kids especially loved the dancing segment where they had a chance to greet the residents directly. Young children bring such a spark of sunshine even on the gloomiest of days to those who may not have young ones in their lives on a regular basis."
—Angie, parent in Generations class