The fifth week of Music Together® class was full. All of the regular attendees were present as well as some extra participants making-up a missed class from another session. The group dynamic can really set the tone for the session and this week it was cohesive. Almost like a piece of music itself, our class was a performance.
First the initial tuning of bodies and minds as the studio fills with a cacophony of sound. Children mill around, warming up in their individual ways. Some quietly trill about like fluttering flutes. Others are bright brass and full of energy. Miss Alicia as conductor brings us all together and the performance begins. It is a back and forth dance between caregiver and child. The gentle push to encourage self-expression; the gentle pull to correct distracting behavior. We all have the familiar routine down. Dancing, swaying, spinning and twirling.
It has been extremely rewarding to observe day-to-day changes in my own son’s interaction with music and how he expresses these changes each week in class. Although I only see the other children once a week, I have noticed changes in them as well. They all are comfortable in the studio space, venturing out of their caregivers laps and responding to the songs. Even those who in previous weeks have been timid were smiling and bouncing to the rhythm of the music. During the lyric-free song where we all play along with various percussion instruments it was easy to see how well some of them are able to feel the tempo and sporadically keep time with the beat.
Our weekly session provides an opportunity to make order from what they are hearing and feeling and to express that in a non-verbal way. The choreography among the children comes to a close as the class reaches its finale and we settle back into our circle to say goodbye. In addition to the musical benefit of class, it is a great opportunity for them to interact with each other, observe patterns, connect actions and learn appropriate ways to express themselves.
Music Together® is a parent-child music class of mixed ages from birth to age five. Classes focus on interactive play where both the caregiver and child share songs, play instruments, and participate in rhythm chants and movement activities. Classes of mixed ages foster family-style learning where the younger children watch and imitate the older ones, and the older children learn by leading the younger ones. Meryl's Music and Arts Centers offer a variety of classes for children (from birth to age seven) at studios in Harwich, S. Yarmouth, Bourne, Eastham, and Sandwich.
Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Meryl's Music & Arts. All thoughts are the blogger's own.
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