As promised at the beginning of our Summer Semester of Music Together, I am back to report on my experience with the entire program. [Full disclaimer; I did not attend 2 of the 6 classes as I had an appendectomy in late July. Fortunately Henry’s dad, John, was able to attend those sessions I missed and this review now benefits from his experiences as well.]
Bottom line first
We will definitely be signing up for the Fall Semester. After one class I was not convinced that Henry had much interest in the class, the instruments, the accompanying CD, etc. However, by the end of the third session he started “dancing” (a little knee bop move) when we turned on music at home. He also started “singing.” Not words to a song but a refrain of “la” and “da” that is more melodious then his normal baby babble.
My husband John also noticed a change in Henry both during and after class; while Henry may spend class time wandering the room — which is totally acceptable and common (phew) — he is listening and absorbing the material. When when we play the course CD at home, I can see a recognizable familiarity in his facial expressions. By watching the others in class and his own practice, Henry bangs on his toy instrument kit at home with greater skill.
Details for you:
The Summer Semester of Music Together wrapped up last weekend and the program is now enrolling for Fall Semester. There are three types of classes to choose from in the fall: Music Together Babies, Music Together Mixed Ages, and Music Together Spanish. Classes are offered on weekdays and weekends so that working families also have the opportunity to attend.
New sessions start regularly throughout the year. If you or your little one gets sick during the course of the semester you can schedule a make-up class online.
Both John and I are excited that the Music Together program will lay a good foundation for Henry. As young parents, we also learned a lot too.
[Photo courtesy of East Bay Music Together]
I received free Music Together classes in order to submit my review but all opinions are my own (and Henry and John’s, of course). The next sessions I sign up for are on me.