Every child’s music development benefits from early exposure to music and movement. Because the early months are so important, Music Together® offers two options for babies. Infants may attend a mixed-age class, whether registered on their own or attending free with an older sibling. They may also be registered for the special “Babies Class” offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together. The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in infants. Meet other parents of newborns and learn fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby. Babies must be under six months old on the first day of class. Most babies in this program range from 3-5 months at the start of the semester. We recommend infants older than six months register for mixed-age classes. This class cannot be repeated.
What age are the infants in a babies class? Infants range from only a few weeks old to several months in this program! Babies will range anywhere from 3-6 months at the start of the semester. We recommend infants older than six months register for mixed-age classes. The babies are non-mobile for the majority of the semester. If your baby is crawling before the start of the semester you may want to consider a mixed-age class. Feel free to contact the office to discuss: (212) 496-1242.
My baby is under 8 months. Should I take a babies class or a mixed age class. What’s the difference? The Babies class is structured in much the same way as a mixed-age class. In both classes your teacher will lead you through a variety of activities, facilitating fun and creative ways for you to interact musically with your baby. The main difference lies in parent education. Because the infants are non-mobile, there is a calmer energy in this class which allows the teacher more opportunities to explain the ‘whys’ behind the ‘whats’ and to point out emerging musical behaviors.
I have already taken a babies class but my child is still under 8 months. Can I register for a Babies class again? No. The Babies program is a one semester introduction to Music Together, the primary goal being to give adults the tools they will need to interact with their babies in a mixed-age environment. Once you have those tools, you will want to integrate your baby into a mixed-age class where she can learn both from you AND by watching and imitating the older children in the room!
At what age should I start class with my baby? Now! Babies learn music the same way they learn language; by being immersed in it. Just as it is never too early to start talking to your baby, it is never too early to start singing with your baby.