Fall is right around the corner, and class is about to begin. And I don’t just mean for kids going back to school; all kinds of learning sessions for even the littlest ones are starting with the new season.
One of those is Music with Maddy, a Music Together® program that takes place in Falls Church. In case you’re not familiar with Music Together®, it’s a community of families sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement and dance activities in a relaxed, playful, non-performance oriented setting.
I did Music Together® classes with Owen and Sasha when they were younger, and both loved the weekly 45-minute sessions of singing, dancing, and spirited interaction with other kids. And, truth be told, I found it pretty fun myself. Besides the simple joy of seeing my babes have a good time, it was kind of cool to get kid-silly in public without a shred of self-consciousness (okay, maybe a small shred, but if you heard me sing, you’d understand).
And to get readers excited about her classes, Maddy is hosting a giveaway of a Music Fun Pack that includes a Music Together CD, egg maracas, and a tambourine. For a chance to win it, simply enter below. Good luck!
The fall session of Music Together, the program that has little ones across the nation singing and dancing, begins the week of September 20. Classes are being offered all over the DC-metro at various times during the day. To find a class and location near you, visit the Music Together website. And for a review of the program, check out this post from a few months back.
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is offering 10% off all Early Childhood Classes if you sign up your child by August 13. CHAW has all kinds of classes for school-aged kids—art, dance, music, puppetry, photography, martial arts, choir, and more—scheduled for after school or on weekends. Babies and preschool age kids are welcome, too; Music Together sessions and a new yoga class for little ones will take place on weekday mornings.
Registration is open for Music Together’s spring classes. If you aren’t familiar with the program, it’s worth checking out—and my recommendation comes from my own mini-Glee experience. Both of my children loved the weekly 45-minute sessions of singing, dancing, and spirited interaction with other kids. And, truth be told, I found it pretty fun myself. Besides the simple joy of seeing my babes have a good time, it was kind of cool to get kid-silly in public without a shred of self-consciousness (okay, maybe a small shred, but if you heard me sing, you’d understand).
Music Together thrives on the idea that childrens’ natural aptitude for music blossoms in a rich music environment. The classes provide that with rhythmic rhymes, movement activities, and instrument play that are engaging and easy for little ones to follow. The best part is that it’s a relaxed, non-structured atmosphere—if your kid wants to get up and wander or do his own interpretive dance, it’s okay. You’ll also get a songbook and two CDs of the class music—one for the house, one for the car—for the kids to enjoy beyond the weekly sessions.
Classes, recommended for children up to age five, are being offered at several locations around the Metro area—Capitol Hill, Chevy Chase, Glover Park, Arlington, and McLean—and the new session begins the week of March 29. Visit the Music Together website for specific days, times, and locations.