"Music Together® Online": The magic of family music-making comes directly into your home via "Music Together Online", an at-home delivery system for the wonderful "Music Together" program you know and love. Weekly class videos bring fall's award-winning "Music Together" song collection to vivid life, inspiring parents and children of all ages to sing, dance, and play along together, any time!
Content: Each week of our online sessions, "Miss" Cheryl will provide 3 fifteen minute mini-class videos of teacher-led music-making, featuring selections from the "Music Together" song collection for that semester. These shorter length videos are ideally suited for at-home music class, to enjoy over the course of the week. You can take class any day, any time, "on demand". The week's 3 videos will be viewable in a closed, private Facebook group for enrolled families only. (If you don't have a Fb account, no problem; we'll make sure to give you access another way.). Parents will be able to easily follow "Miss" Cheryl, who will lead you through our song collection in exciting ways your children will love.
Bonus Activities: we also have LIVE Zoom classes every Thursday at both 10am and 4:30pm, Pacific. You can Zoom with us on Thursdays, in the morning or afternoon. You don't need to pre-select your time slot. (Our Zooms will use the same link, not time-specific.). Some of our families love the live Zoom classes so much, they do them exclusively. Other families use the pre-recorded videos exclusively. Some families choose to mix it up, i.e. do some of the videos and some of the Zooms, and some families choose to do all of the videos and to attend all of the live Zoom classes. It's totally up to you! The session is purposefully "over-stuffed" with content to give our families maximum flexibility for accessing content (both "on demand", and live).
Materials: For our full-length (10 week) sessions (Fall/ Winter/ Spring), every registered family will receive that session's music in multiple formats, including Cd, digital download code, and fully-illustrated picture songbook. Materials will be mailed, and/or distributed at no-contact pick-up stations prior to the session's start date (details provided in your registration confirmation email). Every session's song collection has a different title. Our 10 week winter session (Jan. 4- Mar. 8, 2021) will use the full-length "Music Together" song collection titled "Bells".
Screen Time: It isn't necessary for your child to "sit still" or to "watch the screen" , either for our pre-recorded mini-class videos, or our live Zooms. The mini-class videos are an active class in which you, the adult, are the real "star" of the mini-class videos and Zooms. When adults sing/dance/play along with "Miss Cheryl", the children benefit from the sights and sounds of your at-home music-making. Even if your child never looks at the screen, they will love watching their grown-up sing, dance, and play along. (And, parents always have the option to set up the screen so that only they are able to see it.) Children absorb TONS of music information, in "sponge" fashion, whether or not they themselves ever see the screen.
Also, the videos are part of a larger experience that includes at-home music-making apart from the videos. You'll be amazed at how the short videos act as a springboard for spontaneous musical fun while away from the screen. The videos will inspire your family to re-create these songs in bits and pieces, a verse here, a chorus there, repeatedly, as you go about your day, i.e. while washing hands, getting dressed, taking a bath, playing in the backyard, getting ready for bed. The teacher-led mini-class videos will bring family music-making into your homelife, as that session's songs become your family's soundtrack of the season. Your home will be filled with music, bringing shared joy to the whole family.
"Rhythm Kids Online" (Are you ready? OH, YEAH!!!)
For older children (ages 5-8yrs.) we are proud to offer "Rhythm Kids Online". "Rhythm Kids" is our dynamic next-level music experience for early-elementary schoolers, featuring drumming, singing, dancing, and musical rhythm games from around the world.
Content: Weekly class videos allow families to take each week's "Rhythm Kids" class according to their own schedule, i.e. any day, any time, "on demand". The class video can be experienced in one sitting, or, divided into shorter segments over the course of the week. And, every Thursday at 3:30pm Pacific, we have an exciting "Rhythm Kids" live Zoom class, to add to the musical fun! You can enjoy the "Rhythm Kids Online" experience by doing either the pre-recorded video classes or live Zoom classes exclusively, or, for the same tuition, you can do BOTH the pre-recorded videos and live Zooms weekly. (The online content is "over-stuffed" to provide families with maximum options for how to best access and enjoy the program.).
Materials: For winter 2021, we will be using the "Rhythm Kids" song collection titled "Elephant". Every family will receive "Elephant" materials (Cd, digital download code, and songbook) via priority mail, or, no-contact socially distanced pick-up stations prior to our start date (details provided in your registration confirmation email.). "Rhythm Kids Online" will feature home-spun versions of drums and other percussive instruments. Cardboard boxes, overturned bowls, tabletops, etc. all work great! No previous drumming experience required.
Live Zooms: Every Thursday from at 3:30- 4:10pm, we have a live "Rhythm Kids" Zoom class, which the children LOVE!
"Elephant Collection" features triple-meter drumming patterns inspired by the traditional social dance from Mali known as "Suku". We'll enjoy dramatic play in "Elephant Stampede" and choreographed dancing and drumming in "Music Everywhere". We'll also learn a delightful Gaelic song called "Dilin o Deamhas" and have a blast doing the "The Elephant Dance". All of the songs in the collection have been specifically chosen to support your K/1st/2nd grade child's developing musicality, while providing an avenue for creative expression. Best of all, "Rhythm Kids" songs and activities are FUN!