Classroom FAQ

What makes Music Together® different?

There are a number of reasons but the top two are RESEARCH and our exclusive MATERIALS. Music Together was first offered to the public in 1987 and pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum. Now, the program is offered in over 42 countries and 3,000 communities, including a lab school in Princeton, NJ. Research from this lab school, as well as the research of other early childhood experts shape Music Together's content and program development and guide teacher training. In addition, we believe the learning can and should continue throughout the week which is why our full session include take home materials. There are nine collections in all so each session, families receive new materials which means an incredible repertoire of music to share as a family beyond the basics. It's fun and learning all in one.

As a parent, what is my role in class?

Sing, dance, and have fun! You might be surprised to hear that you are your child's most important music teacher right now—and it doesn't matter whether you think of yourself a great singer or dancer. Young children develop dispositions for certain behaviors, including learning to love music, by observing and imitating their loved ones. Simply by participating enthusiastically during class and playing with the ideas at home, you'll give your children the modeling they need to learn to love to make music. 

What's expected of my child in class?

At Music Together, children are never required to sit in the circle or expected to conform to an adult's idea of participation. We know that children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly, through observation, interactions with adults and older children, and through imitation, play, and, especially, movement. One hallmark of Music Together is the insight that children will naturally develop music ability simply when they are immersed in a community of families all making music.

Children's responses depend on their most dominant learning style and temperament as well as their age and developmental level. Some might follow the teacher right away. Many will simply want to watch and absorb, particularly in the first few weeks of class. Some might crawl or toddle around; others are stimulated by the music and respond more actively, running, jumping, or dancing. All are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment. Throughout the semester, your teacher will help you tune in to how your child learns best so you can support their music development in class and at home. Feel free to ask if you have questions!

How should we use the Music Together materials?

A unique aspect of our program are our take home materials. This allows families to cotninue the fun and learning throughout the week. Play your songs at home and in the car frequently, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make it available to the music available for your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Create your Family Music Zone® account and download the Hello Everybody app for digital versions of the songs and more activity ideas to try!

Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and get new ideas for musical ideas to use at home. The music notation is in the book if you play an instrument and want to play along. Try using the songbook at storytime instead of a regular book and sing through the songs as you go along.

What is the class size?

Each class has between 5 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).

What if I miss a class during the semester?

We offer unlimited makeup classes during each semester session. Please visit our Make Up Classes page to learn more.

Can I switch to a different class?

Absolutely. We understand that schedules change, naps change, etc so please contact us and if there is room in the class you would like to switch into, we can take care of that. 

What if I start classes after the semester begins?

Music Together Beyond the Hub welcomes families at any point during the semester! Please feel free to register and the website will prorate your tuition.

Can we eat in class?

Please feel comfortable to nurse or bottle-feed your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms. We also provide an area to nurse privately if desired.

Will classes be cancelled in inclement weather?

We follow the school closings for each town. Should public schools close due to inclement weather, our classes will be cancelled as well. If either district is on a delayed opening, we open on time. In addition, please note your class location as one town may close and another might be open. Please check our website or our Facebook page for announcements regarding weather cancellations.

Is it OK for more than one adult to come to class?

Yes, parents, grandparents, or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time—no need to ask!

Why aren't there classes for specific age groups?

Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it's the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and gaining self-confidence. Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviors earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behavior of children of varying ages. Plus, it allows everyone—siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers—to share in the musical experience together!

Do you offer birthday parties?

Yes, we do! Beyond the Hub birthday parties.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Gift certificates toward classes can be purchased at any time. They make fabulous baby shower, birthday, or holiday gifts. Please click here if you’re interested in purchasing one.