Mixed Ages (birth to 5 years)
This is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth through kindergarten—and through all nine song collections (and beyond!). This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages in one class. This approach fosters natural, family-style learning where younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments.
We welcome the whole family to join in this important family music experience and any caregiver—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the child(ren) to class.
To see a mixed ages class in action, check out this wonderful video at musictogether.com.
Babies (birth to 8 months)
Every child’s development benefits from early exposure to music and movement. Because the early months are so important, Music Together offers two options for babies. Babies eight months and younger at the time of registration may attend a Mixed Ages Class, whether registered on their own or attending free with an older brother or sister. Babies eight months and under (who are not yet crawling/independently mobile) may also take the special "Babies Class" offered as a one-semester introduction to Music Together. (This class cannot be repeated.) The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents to interact with their babies and to learn about music development in infants. Meet other parents of newborns and learn some fascinating music activities you can recreate at home with your baby.
To start a babies class with five of your friends, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 & Under
Sometimes a class of recent Babies class graduates wants to stay together a little longer before switching to a Family class. It's not a Babies class, but it's not really a mixed-age Family class, either. It's a super-awesome congregation of littles under and around one, using a modified Family/Babies curriculum that fits the folks in the room. Lying-down babies, rolling-over babies, crawling babies... even newly walking babies. This is an unofficial class designed purely by chance... and by the needs of babies to be babies.
Adult Guitar OR Ukulele Class
Join other parents or teachers from class to learn beginning guitar using the songs from your current Music Together collection (if everyone agrees, this class can be converted to a group ukulele class, but only if everyone is learning uke). This is a mixed-stage class, so students who have never played before can learn next to folks who are dusting off an old friend and reminding themselves how all those chords go... all without children and in the company of like-minded grownups. It's a fun time and open only to current registrants/teachers and their spouses. Classes begin the third week of the session and are held at Valley Cat Studio in Valley Village. Private lessons are also available (guitar and ukulele).
New for Holidays*18: Ukulele "Strum & Stars" mini class for parents and any interested teens (no children under 13). We'll learn three star-themed lullabies and a couple of holiday tunes in three weeks and share snacks & drinks at Valley Cat Studio in Valley Village. Currently scheduled for 5:30 on Wednesdays; may be adjusted to post-bedtime if needed. 45 min. to an hour. Must bring your own uke and tuning device.
Holiday Interim Session
This three-week special session is an opportunity to enjoy music of the season as well as Music Together favorites at a time when we would otherwise be between sessions, waiting for our favorite music class to start again in January. In and out in three weeks, glowing from the ho-ho-hos and light motifs and ready to greet the season with a heart that's just a little bit (or maybe a lot!) warmer.
Children (and adults) of all ages are welcome to attend. If you have a sibling drop in, it's $20. Tell a friend! Every family receives a Music Together Lullabies download code to use in the free Music Together app, which also comes with eight free Music Together songs. We will use a combination of those songs, other Music Together winter-related songs, and familiar songs of the season.
The Holiday session is one of the two sessions where you can sign up to drop in for one class ($25). Because of this drop-in flexibility, there are no free demos. You can apply your drop-in fee to the remainder of the Holiday session if you visited the first week, drop in again, or register for the full winter session starting in January!
Music Together Rhythm Kids™ (4&5s, K – 2nd grades) CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!
The Music Together Rhythm Kids program is a new adventure for Valley Cat Music. A drumming-based curriculum that builds on Family-class experiences but is its own program, classes are for older children in two levels: 1) 4- and 5-year-olds with parent and 2) kindergarten through 2nd grade without parent (though parents are always welcome). Level 2 families will need to purchase their own djembe for home practice; drums will be provided for Level 1 participants. Please take advantage of this special opportunity and tell your friends!
Music Together Generations™
We are looking for a retirement/nursing home in a central valley location (between Encino and Burbank) to hold a Mixed Ages+ class, where residents participate alongside children and parents to create a generational mix that is truly a gift to everyone involved. If you know of the perfect place, please contact the director.
Preschool (In-School) Curriculum
Valley Cat Music currently provides the Music Together In-School Curriculum to Almost Home Daycare in North Hollywood and is available to bring Music Together to your preschool, kindergarten/early elementary, daycare, or other educational institution that serves children up to age 8. Please contact Deborah Dietrich at email@example.com if you would like to schedule a meeting.
Pajama Class—Lullabies & Loveys
This evening class is perfect for working parents and for kids who need a ritualized calming-down experience before bedtime. Bring your child's favorite lovey/stuffy (small enough for them to carry), a blanket, and a flashlight. We will follow the Music Together curriculum but adjust the flow to create a slow-down as we approach the end of the class so your children will be ready to snuggle into bed as soon as you get home! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in being placed on a waiting list to start this class.