"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 spring session (the week of March 22nd. - the week of May 24th) will use the full-length "Music Together" song collection titled "Triangle Collection". This spring we'll jump and jive with "Allee Galloo," go to the beach with "Maria Isabel," and create jazzy rounds with "Hey, Ho, Nobody Home," just to name a few of the 25 songs and chants in the Triangle Song Collection.
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.).
Jaguar Collection music is adapted from the duple-meter drumming patterns of Puerto Rico's Bomba dancing, where the drummers follow the dancers. We'll get to try it ourselves with the song "Bailen Ninos". We'll sing, dance, and drum along to the lively patterns of "Ayiko, Ayiko", a welcome song from southern Ghana. In "Singin' My Song", we'll sing and move to our own song...and everyone's else's! And, perhaps best of all, we'll get to experience the joys of being a "Jaguar in the Jungle". All 22 selections in this collection have been chosen and arranged specifically to support each student's music development. Best of all, "Rhythm Kids" songs and activities are FUN!
"Music Together Outdoors": As an alternative to our online sessions, we are offering a limited number of outdoor, socially-distanced, mixed-age family classes (caregivers with children ages birth- 5 yrs.), to be held in the dedicated outdoor space that's been constructed in our Westlake studio's parking lot (Aspire Dance Studio). The outdoor space can hold up to 12 parent-child dyads, spaced 6+ feet apart. Families will sit in pre-measured areas; masks will be worn to enter and exit the space, and then can be taken off (optional) once you are seated for class. Families will bring their own home-found instruments (no sharing of props). This format is recommended for children who would be able to remain within their family's measured space throughout class, i.e. to interact with their grown-up, in their "zone". (Adults will need to be pro-active, diligently and swiftly redirecting their child if they begin to wander out their own family's area.) If your toddler has just discovered their "running feet", or, if your child depends on the freedom to be "uncontained" in order to enjoy themselves, this socially distanced format isn't recommended, and, we'd LOVE to see you online, where you child can have the "run" of the whole room. Bathrooms will be available for use inside the studio, and any classes "rained out" will be postponed to later dates for group make-ups. Families who miss their outdoor class will be invited to attend that week's live Zoom class, online, if they'd like. (Online make-ups are the only option for individual absences from outdoor class.). If this format appeals to you, please officially register on this site ASAP...this limited option is likely to fill up very quickly. If a wait-lists forms, we will add an additional time-slot.
"Music Together With Friends" (Private backyard "pod" classes)
"Miss" Cheryl is available to teach groups of friends put together by our families, to form a "pod class", held in one of the family's backyards, for a 10 week spring session. This class type is for 4-6 families who know one another, or, know the "hostess" who as assembled the "pod", where everyone in the group is comfortable with everyone else's "pandemic lifestyle". As such, families can choose, as a group, how they'd like to be seated, i.e. together or apart. They can choose, as a group, to wear masks, or not. "Miss" Cheryl will be socially distanced from the group, masked to enter and exit, and unmasked to teach. Families will bring a blanket, and their own home-found instruments. This format gives families the option of allowing the children the freedom to wander during class, i.e. if family's agree that this is okay with everyone. (Or, family's can choose to keep children socially distanced- up to you all.). To arrange a day/time with Cheryl, please email her ASAP: firstname.lastname@example.org.