Mixed-age Classes: All of our classes are mixed-age, family style classes for children ranging in age from birth through age five. Every class has some babies, some toddlers, and some preschoolers, along with caregivers. Additional adult relatives (i.e. grandma, grandpa) are always encouraged to join us as well. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones, older children delight in watching their younger counterparts, and adults can bring different age siblings to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, and exploring musical instruments. Even our newborn music makers produce tones, shake their hands, tap their toes, wiggle, and absorb what others around them are singing and playing. The emphasis is upon creating a fun, informal, intergenerational musical experience powered by the caregiver/child dyad. Our mixed-age class follows the recommendations of early childhood development researchers who have found that grouping mixed-age children together fosters natural, family-style learning.
Our classes are organized into seasonal semesters, and each school-year (i.e. Fall, Winter, Spring) semester is based upon one of nine Music Together® song collections. Every Music Together song collection provides a richly varied musical experience, including traditional American folk songs, world-music (i.e. multi-cultural) folk songs, and original Music-Together®; songs. The collections are non-sequential, so a new family can begin their Music Together experience at any time, i.e. using whichever collection corresponds to the current semester. We hope you'll ultimately get to experience all of our song collections. (By the way, each song collection is titled with the name of an instrument, but this was done simply to avoid using numbers in a sequence, i.e. Tambourine collection does not exclusively feature the tambourine, flute collection does not exclusively feature the flute, etc. Each of the 9 song collections contains fully arranged songs involving all of the instruments in a full band.)
Spring 2017 registration is now open! Please register as early as possible (click here to register), as class size is limited and popular time slots can fill quickly. If possible, please choose first and second choice classes. Waiting lists for filled classes will be created in order of requests received.
Once your class registration is confirmed, please take note of your class choice's particular start and the end date. All calendar questions can be directed to Cheryl via email or phone.
Families are encouraged to schedule optional make-ups for missed classes by making arrangements with the director via email or phone, based on space availability. Make-ups should be completed during the 10 week session that class was missed, and cannot be rolled forward to the next semester. Missed classes are not able to be redeemed for monetary value or future credit or discounts.
Please note: We will confirm receipt of your registration as soon as we can (usually within 48 hours), but we can only guarantee your place in a class when your payment is received.
ALL MALIBU CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED THROUGH THE MALIBU RECREATION CENTER (click here).