What We’re Listening to March: Music Together, adding Rhythm to Your Days

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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.

Music Together

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.

Family Favorites

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?

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About Jennifer

Jennifer, is a stay at home mom to two energetic, fun loving boys ages 6 and 2. She found a new passion in exploring great children's music after becoming a mom, which she blogs about at Swing Whistle Zing. Jennifer fancies finding quality tunes the whole family can enjoy, and dancing with her boys (both big and little) to her favorite songs that connect her to the past & keep her grounded in the present.

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Comments

  1. I’m so glad you wrote about music classes. I actually help lead a music program, sponsored by my church, that’s part of an international music program called, Mainly Music. The program is run by volunteers so is often much less expensive than those run for profit. They’re not in every community, but you just might find one in your area. Here, the program is extremely popular throughout the community and there’s a waiting list every semester.

    Here’s the link to the program: http://www.mainlymusic.org/

    Thanks again for the post and suggestion…music day is our favorite day of the week at my house.

  2. My now 10 year old daughter took Kindermusik when she was 15 months old until she was 5 years old when she could no longer take it. She now plays the guitar and sings in the chorus at school. Music is a big part of who she is and I do believe having her in a music class was a big part of that.

  3. We listen to Christine Wyrtzen’s “Critter County” almost EVERY time we get in the car to go anywhere. The songs are short and catchy, and my daughter is learning a TON of Bible verses through it. The first thing she asks when we get in the car is “Can you turn on Sidney?”
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Fuzzy Brain = Top Ten Jenny Quotes =-.

    • I used to listen to Critter County all the time when I was a kid! But I lost the tape many years ago and now I wish I had it back so I can share its wonders with my children. Do you know where I can get a CD copy??

      • I am also looking for the Critter County CD for my grandchildren. Did you receive any responses of where to find one?

        • Jennifer says:

          I did a couple of searches for Critter County & it looks like it hasn’t been produced on CD, so only those lucky people who still have the cassette tapes or vinyl albums have this particular album. It looks like a good one though–good luck with your search!

          • Actually, I did find a place that sells it! A small online store called VideosForFamily.com sells tapes, CDs, and vinyls of a few different Christian artists. Here’s the web address where you can buy anything by Christine Wyrtzen: http://www.videosforfamily.com/christinealbums.htm

            If you click on the “please contact me” link beneath the “Albums” section, you can email Aaron Pacentine about your specific Critter County request. My copy cost $18 with s&h included. :)

  4. We make up songs ALL the time – put music and beats to it – and a tune.
    We dance to all kinds of songs.
    Now, my 3 year old will start to move to the beats without her knowledge when she hears music somewhere. It makes me SO proud :)
    .-= Maya´s last blog ..Monday Mashup : Lots of BIG News today! =-.

  5. We love Music Together and we’ve taken the entire series of classes, except for one. I am sad that we’ve gone through all of them. It’s been a great experience. I would reccommend the Lullaby CD because it’s a compliation of all the lullaby songs throughout the series and they’ve all been really good. We sing Great Big Stars, or at least I think that’s the title, every night.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Accordion Fold Pocket Book with Tags Tutorial =-.

  6. We started Music Together when our son was 18 months old and enjoyed the experience for several years. Our son is 11 and is blossoming into a talented musician, which we partially attribute his early exposure to musics and rhythms. Our second child attended with us as an infant and dances to ever song she hears now that she is 8. Today, with our 21 month old, the whole family still enjoys all nine CDs from the program. We hold our own Music Together classes in our living room complete with instruments, scarves and movements. It is a great way to move and create memories for all three kids. My personal favorite songs are Sweet Potato, Trot Ol’ Joe and Su La Le (?), the Japanese lullaby. I highly recommend these classes to all my friends!

    • I love your idea about having your own “class” at home! We have a great selection of instruments (both purchased & homemade) too which I agree make the experience more fun for everyone! So many of the songs lend themselves to movement that even if you’ve never been to a class you can figure out on your own.

  7. Music Together sounds like a fabulous program. My first music class was called Music Makers (though I can’t find the exact program online) done by a friend of mine as a playgroup. Since then, I’ve started a music makers playgroup in each neighborhood where I’ve lived. Our is actually in the morning!

    It’s great for kids to hear music and bang on instruments, but it’s also great for the parents who come to visit with each other, get out of the house, and see something they can do with their kids at home during the week. Terrific benefits all around!
    .-= Amber @ Because Babies Grow Up´s last blog ..How To Get Kids Interested In Reading =-.

  8. Our kids love music! We always have music on and they are always singing! I think it makes life more enjoyable! And it make life less stressful!

  9. My daughter and I started attending a Kindermusik class when she was about 4.5 months old. Now, at 10 months, she squeals with excitement when she sees the building the class is held in! We live in a small town in rural AL, so we have to drive about an hour to get there. In the beginning, I saw this as self-indulgent, a way to satisfy the need I had to get out and about. Now, I cannot imagine NOT taking her. She loves the other children in her class; she adores her teacher; and above all, she loves the music. Friends and family marvel at the way a song from one of her Kindermusic cds played or sung by me or my husband will calm even the wildest tantrum, and soon have her wiggling along.

    I cannot recommend classes like Kindermusik, Musik Garten, or Music Together highly enough. They’re great times for parents and babies to spend together, and I truly believe the babies get such a benefit from it. An added benefit for mommies, is that you can also learn new, creative ways to play with your little one.

  10. I agree that music is so important for preschoolers. We don’t do classes, but we have a lot of music at home. We have a tub of instruments in the living room (some store-bought, some are recycled materials like toilet paper rolls–great pretend horns). My favorite is called the Glockentoddler. It has great pitch, and it’s very sturdy. I often catch my three-year-old playing on it and singing. So sweet!

    We’re always looking for new music to try, so thanks for the suggestions!

  11. Don’t forget to check out the programs at your local library! The library where I work offers music themed programs as well as traditional storytimes. There is an ongoing program for toddlers called Move with Music, and an annual program called Tunes and Tales in which the local orchestra plays music to accompany a story (e.g. Peter and the Wolf). Even the regular storytimes often start and end with a song.

  12. I have seen a tremendous difference in my 2 almost 3 year old son since he started Music Together classes. He can carry a tune, tap to the beats of the song, and sing with great confidence. It’s something that we look foward to every week.

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