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Lesser Known Benefits of Sing With B Music Together
By Barbi Beyer on November 21, 2013

Is Music Together Worth It for Young Babies?
By Barbi Beyer on November 12, 2013

 

 

 

 

Is Music Together Worth It for a Baby? 

A lot of parents wonder if it is “worth it” to bring young babies to Music Together class. They share a variety of concerns about whether music enrichment can really be processed at such a young age, if it’s worthwhile to attend a music and movement program if the child is not able to sing and dance, and if the benefits justify the cost. As a long-time Music Together director who has seen countless babies grow from week-to-week into talented chorus singers, piano players, violin soloists, and confident young adults, I can tell you without any question that music immersion at a young age is an incredible developmental leg-up for any child.

Music Together Enriches a Child Through Passive and Active Music Exposure. 

Babies don’t need to be actively participating in an experince in order to learn from it. I often hear parents say that their child is “taking it all in,” and that is more accurate than you can believe. Babies begin developing an auditory system along with musical memories before they are even born. The first six months of a baby’s life marks a time of rapid brain development, and an open window to begin lifelong musical competence. Attending Music Together classes allows you to immerse your child in the language of music. Even though your child is not carrying a tune and playing a triangle without any degree of perfection, he or she is becoming a fluent musician. The process unfolds organically, just as speaking to your child will create a fluency in the spoken word.

How Young Is Too Young To Start Music Together?

Over the years, I have had a lot of children begin Music Together classes as small babies, as young as two weeks old! Many of these students began their musical education early, not because their parents were inspired to expose their newborns to music, but because they were tagging along in their older siblings’ class. I am never surprised, at the end of the semester, to hear parents tell me that the baby got as much out of our time together as the preschooler who the class was meant to enrich!

Music Together is a Family Bonding and Child Enrichment Experience  

Music Together classes are a community experience of family music sharing. We welcome brothers, sisters, moms, dads, grandparents, and babysitters to join us for class, and are happy to say that we have satisfied customers from every age group. Having mixed-age classes is what makes the Music Together program unique and successful. Just as the children are learning from their parents, the older students model appropriate musical behavior to the toddlers and babies. The family is enriched as a whole, and class time is a special bonding time for children and caregivers alike.

It’s never too early to bring your baby to Music Together Class, and your time spent here will not be regretted. Consider signing up for the next session of Music Together at Sing With B Music, and you will see for yourself what your child is capable of learning. It will be a welcome addition to your repertoire, an opportunity to meet like-minded parents, and a place to pick up more tools for your parenting toolbox.

The Rhythm of Summer Vacation
By Barbi Beyer on July 05, 2013

As another session of Music Together comes to a close and I get hugs from my students big enough to last me straight through until fall, I am struck by how wonderful my Sing With B families are.  I am a self-defined community builder, and it has always been my passion to nurture a love for music in the people around me.  This mission has taken root strongly over the years as I raised my two daughters and then began this venture to bring the Music Together program to the children of Rhode Island.  Teaching child enrichment classes with family involvement is an incredible task.  There is nothing I enjoy more than introducing music to the adults in my classroom and watching them blossom musically alongside their children.  It truly is a rewarding experience; one that I am thrilled to be able to observe time and again.

Now that July has arrived and you are settling into the rhythm of summer vacation, remember to step back and savor these moments as they unfold.  Be silly, enjoy the long days and short nights, and relax as your family winds down from a busy year.  Remember the tools you have packed into your parenting toolbox this past semester, and how much easier tasks can be when you approach your children in a relaxed, musical tone.  

 

  • Next time a wayward child gets distracted and is upstairs fiddling with toys instead of getting dressed, sing PawPaw Patch up the stairs to her.  "Where, oh where, oh where is  _______?"  It elicits a much more enthusiastic reply and saves your frustration from calling her name over and over.
  • If you are stuck in traffic on the way home from the beach, make up a song using the Raisins and Almonds Song.  Just choose an animal, a color, a caregiver, and two foods.  "To my little one's cradle in the night comes a ______ all ______ and white.  The _____, he trots to the market, while _____, her watch does keep.  Bringing back _____ and _____.  Sleep, my little one, sleep."
  • On a rainy day when it's too wet to go outside, pull out your instruments and send the kids on parade through the house to the tune of "Good News, Chariot's a Comin'" (or train, bus, bike, etc)  Better yet, put on rain boots and slickers and march through the puddles while you sing!
  • Need a game to play at the beach?  The sand and shore makes a perfect place to "See the Pony Galloping" and "See the pony coming home, all tired out."  It's also a wonderful way to tire your little ones out with a burst of energy before your ride home.
I hope that summer is treating you well and that you are enjoying each day of these short nine weeks.  I am thinking of you all and looking forward to picking up where we left off in September.  (In the meantime, please join me for an August class or two to hold us over until the fall.  I sure do miss you!)