At Simple Kids this month we’re talking about rhythms and routines and as the resident music reviewer, I thought what better way to add a little more rhythm to your life than with a music class?
My son was less than a year old when we attended our first Music Together class, and it was a fabulous experience for both of us. As a new mom, it was a great way to get out of the house and actually feel like I was doing something with my baby. We did nothing more than sing, dance and play instruments with other moms and kids, but this early music exposure helped make music an integral part of our family’s rhythm.
The class we attended was part of the Music Together program which is an international early childhood music program designed for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. It just happened to be the music class offered in our area and it also came highly recommended by a friend.
One thing I love about Music Together is that you don’t have to attend a class to enjoy their products. All of the nine song collections that accompany their class programs are available through their website.
Recently, the company has also put out three best of CDs called Family Favorites which highlight a selection of songs from the original nine. We have the first Family Favorites CD and love it! Like all of their products, it is well produced and varied to expose your family to a variety of tonal and rhythmic patterns as well as musical genres. This CD is terrific for getting out your instruments and playing along with Playin’ in the Kitchen or Stick Tune, acting out movements with Dancing With Teddy or listening in the car with songs like Ridin’ in the Car.
Because I found this music collection of CDs to be so playable and danceable to, we have several of the class series. Therefore, I have heard most of the songs on the second edition of Family Favorites and would recommend that CD as well—some of our favorites from the second edition include: Sandpiper, Saying and Doing, Rhythms n’ Rhymes and Singin’ Every Day.
I’m not as familiar with some of the Lullaby selections; however each of the three compilations CDs have sample to listen to on the Music Together site.
Music Together is just one of the choices you may have in your neighborhood for a music class. You may also wish to check out Kindermusik – another widely available, award winning music program for preschoolers. Remember to check to see what is available through your local community center, too.
Whether or not you are able to attend a local music class consider experiencing the music from one to add a little more rhythm to your days.
Do you take music classes with your children? Dance classes? How do you incorporate music into your days?