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?   Spring session starts 3/30/20 - Registration is open until end May 15.  See facebook page for more details. All classes will start on-line and switch to in person if possible.

My how the world has changed! But clearly music still needs to be a part of it. Please consider joining an on-line experience until we can get things back to normal. Music Together, Rhythm Kids and Canta y Baila Conmigo have all developed lovely programs, combining live on-line classes that local teachers lead with additional resources and fun you can access anytime during the week! Email me if you're interested in joining - we will be starting March 30 with new music collections.

Parent Child classes will feature the collection "Maracas."

Rhythm Kids will introduce "Sea Turtle."

Canta y Baila Conmigo features the collection "De Colores."

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 birth-6) equally emphasizing Music AND Language/culture learning.  See next page for class locations and schedules.                   

Want to teach Canta y Baila Conmigo?  Trainings are offered around the country!  See the link or contact us.


                     Spring Session Classes start 3/30/20                            

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.


Frances Durkin


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.  It's easy to try out our classes from your home for spring session, contact Frances at for the link to our on-line classes.  You can attend for free before deciding whether to purchase the music and other online activities. All live interactive classes will meet at our usual days and times, listed below:

Family Music Classes (birth - 5 yrs) Thursday 3/5 or 3/19 9:45- 10:00am

Rhythm Kids 2 (K - 3rd grade) Monday 3/2 or 3/15 4:30pm - 5:15pm

Canta y Baila Conmigo® (Birth - 6 years - Spanish immersion through Music) Wednesday 3/4 or 3/18 10:15 - 11:00am

All classes at Prospect Park location: (at least in normal times - for spring 2020, we will be operating on line, at least to start the semester.)

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

Classes may be started through May 8 (on a pro-rated basis.)  You may always attend the first class free to see if the music and schedule fit with your family.

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