This is the essential Music Together class, one that a child can attend from birth through age four through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. 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 level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nanny—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome for this important family music experience.
Music Together® Sing Shalom combines everything you love about the internationally recognized Music Together early childhood music education program with a carefully selected collection of familiar (and not-so familiar) Jewish songs from throughout the world. Music Together Sing Shalom classes introduce Jewish themes, holidays, and celebrate community through song, supporting parents and caregivers in introducing their children to a diverse, culturally rich Jewish heritage.
Each week, a community of families comes together to sing, dance, and play in a class led by a trained Music Together teacher with a Jewish background. This pilot program uses the Music Together song collections that families know and love, along with songs from the new supplemental play list of Jewish music. Families receive the Music Together song collection materials (book, CD, download code) and song pages and links to the new supplemental Jewish music.
Families will learn lots of ways to interact musically with their child, while supporting their development, strengthening family relationships, and helping them connect with the Jewish music tradition culturally. Music Together Sing Shalom teachers offer parents, grandparents, and caregivers, a unique window into Jewish culture, introducing Hebrew words through the universal language of music.