Classes begin with the "Hello Song," in which each child is greeted individually. The music continues with selections from one of the nine Music Together® collections (a new collection each session), which include well-known traditional songs and nursery rhymes, music from as far away as Africa and South America, and fun chants that allow children to focus on rhythm. Simple instruments and props such as sticks, shakers, drums, scarves, and balls may be used and explored however the children wish. Most children eagerly anticipate the instrument-play period—a real "jam session"—near the end of each class. Then comes a lullaby, a sweet time for parents or caregivers and children to reconnect. At the end of class, each child is acknowledged once again in the "Goodbye Song," and each also has the opportunity to strum the teacher's guitar or autoharp. This is another way Heartsong Music gives children a hands-on, experiential introduction to music. For many children, this is the highlight of their class time!
At the beginning of each session, in addition to receiving an illustrated songbook and a CD, enrolled families will receive a code to access Music Together's Family Music Zone. There, you'll be able to download the songs from the current song collection, in addition to exploring fun content created just for you. To access the Family Music Zone, parents will create an account at www.musictogether.com/account using the code found on the songbook.
In order to give children the richest music experience, it is important that you (and your child's other caregivers):
• Participate in class.
• Play the recording often.
• Have FUN!