Today we went to our fifth Music Together class… it’s a lovely family time we look forward and talk up big as the weekend draws closer. Our son asks about “moo-zik class” throughout the week, and always wants “moo-zik on” during the day.
We crack up at how he’ll sing the songs with me at home or in the car, but once at class, he is more concerned with watching the other kids, running around, and staring out the window… well, as our teacher Carrie tells us, observation is a form of participation!
I’m learning some finer points about music as well… like how children tend to play to the micro-beats of music (DA-da-DA-Da-DA-da) while adults focus on the macro-beat (DA–DA–DA) of a song.
How props like fingers, rhythm sticks, or a scarf or cloth napkin can add excitment to a marching or rhythmic song. We’re enjoying our CDs at home in so many new ways now!
Or how our culture tends to perceive music as a spectator sport instead of an activity families and friends can all enjoy together. In favoring music performance over music participation, we are really selling ourselves short!
And, how at 4+ months pregnant, the little baby in my belly is probably hearing and recognizing music for the first time! How exciting!
Our main goal for our time at Music Together is to spend quality family time laughing, playing, and learning together… and I love how the relaxed and happy combination of the instructor, lessons, and other families allow for us to just come and enjoy ourselves.
Have you ever taken a music class yourself or enrolled your children? How do you include music in your daily life?
DISCLOSURE: I received a free semester of Music Together classes as compensation for these posts. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.