Musical Parenting Group
Every baby is born wired for music and all children benefit from early exposure to music and movement. In our Babies Only classes, we’ve created a warm, welcoming environment that supports your baby’s natural musicality—and their overall development. You’ll learn lots of ways to interact musically with your infant, and as you sing, laugh, and learn together, you’ll bond with your child and the other new parents in your class. This is a one-session class, after which babies and their grownups attend mixed-age classes. The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents who want to learn as much as possible about music development in babies. Babies must be under seven months old on the first day of class. Most babies in this program range from 3-5 months at the start of the session. We recommend infants older than seven months register for mixed-age classes.
What age are the infants in a babies class? Infants range from only a few weeks to eight months in this program! Most infants in the Babies program are non-mobile for at least the beginning of the semester. If your baby is crawling before the start of the semester you may want to consider a mixed-age class.
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.
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.
“My daughter was a colicky baby who was difficult to soothe. Although she was held, rocked, crooned, and sung to constantly, nothing seemed to help . . . until the 'Hello Song' entered our lives. The 'Hello Song' could immediately stop crying spells, even if just for a short time, and other songs from the Tambourine collection had a similar effect! We were immediately hooked!” —Nicole Y., Long Island, NY