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Our Approach

Music Together® believes that:

  • All children are musical - forget the idea of the talented/gifted “few” and the rest of us listeners.
  • All children can learn to sing in tune and move with accurate rhythm.
  • Children learn music (like all things they learn) through the modeling of parents and other loved caregivers.
  • Music learning for children happens best in a playful, musically rich environment.  A performance orientation comes later.Click above to learn more about the Music Together philosophy!

What's new?   Winter Registration now open. See facebook page for more details.

Parent Child classes will feature the collection "Drum."

Rhythm Kids will introduce "Tree Frog."

Canta y Baila Conmigo continues with a brand new collection: Arroz con Leche.

Canta y Baila Conmigo es un programa único que combina la educación musical infantil con inmersión de lenguaje. Para niños de 0 a 6 años. En la próxima página, busca el horario de las clases.

Canta y Baila Conmigo is an innovative Spanish immersion music class  (kids 0-6) equally emphasizing Music AND Language/culture learning.  See next page for class locations and schedules.                    

Want to teach Canta y Baila Conmigo?  Trainings will be offered around the country and in Twin Cities.  See this link or contact us.

 

                     Winter Session Classes start 1/23/19                            

What is a Music Together class like?

Classes are both highly structured AND extremely flexible.

A typical Mixed Age Music Together® class is consciously planned and choreographed, with a mixture of up, down, small and large movement experiences incorporating a wide variety of musical styles, instruments, rhythms, key signatures and tonalities to give children a comprehensive exposure to music’s essential building blocks.  Yet the class will veer off and adapt when any interest, curiosity or suggestion of a budding musician occurs as a way to stay true to the playful and creative process that music exploration involves.  You might say we have our “set list” but are always ready to improvise and riff on something that emerges from the children — indeed we consciously plan to encourage spontaneity and new ideas within our set structure.

Our Music Together® classes try to create the feel of a large, extended family group making music in the living room.  You might imagine that some people would be singing along, others dancing and moving, others listening and tapping their feet, others might be doing other things (sewing or reading,) but very aware of the group and listening to the music.

So it will be with your children.  Some of them, because of who they are as individuals and the experiences they've had in their young lives, will sit and watch, others will move some part of their body, some will joyfully wander off, some will sit curled up in your lap, others will lay down and kick their feet, some will sing, coo, yell or very consciously decide NOT to sing.  All of this is fine, normal and part of what we expect. With time, the music enters into the child and the child  begins to respond.

Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs are welcome in all classes.  Indeed many children with special needs find music particularly engaging and respond positively to the class’ informal set up.  Let your teacher know if you have any questions or concerns.

Teachers

Frances Durkin

Director/Teacher

Frances Durkin has been teaching Music Together since 2011.  She was introduced to the program by the families of her toddler students at the Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School (University of Minnesota) where she is the Creativity Coordinator.  Once she attended a training, she was “hooked!”

Originally from New York, she grew up in a family that sang a lot and she credits her parents’ car singing (frequently in harmony) with instilling a deep connection with music.  She studied dance as a young person and believes that music and movement are two inseparable siblings! She participated in musical theater in high school and college and continues to dabble in community theater locally.  She studied voice and music theory in college, though graduated with a degree in Latin American Studies.

With a Masters of Education in Early Childhood, Frances has worked at the University of Minnesota’s Early childhood program as a teacher, a mentor to student teachers and a University instructor.  Her work with children and families is grounded in a strong understanding of the many things children need to learn.

Frances loves Latin, Celtic and Klezmer music though would be hard pressed to name a genre of music she doesn’t like.  She runs relaxed, informal style classes occasionally infusing yoga moves and other body silliness into her lesson plans.  In her words:

“Music is essentially another language.  And we learn language NOT by being specifically TAUGHT it, but by being immersed in it.  Later it emerges because we think it is important.  It looks important because the adults around us engage in it.  So don't worry if your child doesn't seem to care about a particular activity, simply stares at me, is more interested in something else in the room, etc.  Please believe that with time, they will absorb plenty and before too long we will see the signs of this.  If you focus on your own enjoyment of the music and your response to it, your child will eventually be much more likely to participate as well.”


 

 

outdoor class
Frances and the Spring 2017 class enjoy our final class outdoors

 

Try a Free Demo Class

Making music together is powerful!

Come and share a free class with us.

Family Music Classes (birth to 5 years) Wed, Dec 5 -  9:00 - 9:45am (Prospect Park)

Rhythm Kids 1 (4 and 5 years) Tues Dec 11 - 12:30 - 1:15pm (Prospect Park)

Rhythm Kids 2 (K through 3rd grade) Mon Dec 9 4:45pm - 5:30pm (Prospect Park)

Canta y Baila Conmigo® (Birth to 5 years - Spanish immersion through Music) Prospect Park location: Thurs Dec 13 -9:00 - 9:45am, Wed Dec 12 10:15 - 11:00am

Let us know you are coming by sending an email to: francesdurkin@gmail.

If you miss the demo classes, come to any first class free to try it out.

 

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