Learning Rhythm With My Toddler at Music Together Montgomery

Posted September 21st, 2012 by thien-kim in Living, Preschoolers

 

Jaxson and Nancy Nuttle Music Together Montgomery

My toddler loves music. He even has better rhythm than me.  He turns everything into a drum: empty box, a pot, the table top, even our stair railing. That’s why we’re taking our first parent-child class together with Music Together Montgomery. A couple of weeks ago, Nancy Nuttle, who owns and operates MTM, gave a mini-class after our library’s story time session. Jaxson was a little shy at first but once Nancy handed out those egg shakers, he was dancing his heart out.

The mini-class reminded me that Sophia and I took a Music Together Montgomery class when she was 2 years old. Some friends gifted us with the class and I’m glad they did. Our teacher Liz connected with the kids and the parents. The class felt very organic. The kids were allowed to move around as they pleased. They could participate or they could sit and observe. The children (and their parents) absorbed the music.

For those of you not familiar with Music Together, their philosophy is that all children are musical and as parents, we can give our children a love and confidence in their musical abilities. That means two year old Rosie isn’t going to learn how to read sheet music. Instead she’ll love the process of creating and moving music. Their music. Music Together offers mixed aged parent-child classes, which means their might be crawlers in your class and there might be 4 year olds in your class.

I’m glad that Sophia and I took the a Music Together class together. At first I wasn’t very keen on the parent participation part of the class, but that was mainly because I didn’t feel confident in my musical skills. I don’t have a good sense of rhythm (don’t ask me to line dance) and even have a hard time clapping with the beat. Eventually I learned that I can still bang on a drum or play the triangle (Sophia’s favorite instrument during the class).

Jaxson and I will be starting classes with Music Together Montgomery next week. Actually I’ll be out of town so it will be Jaxson and hubby. I know Jaxson will have a blast, and I might even find myself humming the songs outside of class. (Ok, I know I will but don’t hold it against me.)

If you’re in Montgomery County and have kids 5 years old and younger, I highly recommend taking a class with Music Together Montgomery. They offer classes almost everyday of the week in various locations throughout the county. But hurry, some of them are already sold out! Fall classes run for 10 weeks and there’s even a discount for siblings taking the same class.

Though classes are filling up, there are still some open spots at the Round House Theatre location. I used to work in that building and it’s bright and fun. There are still plenty of open spots for the free demo class on Oct 3 at the Round House Theatre location. Or choose one that fits your schedule.

Thien-Kim chronicles her love-hate relationship with squash on My Cup of Creativi-Tea, wishing she got paid to nanny her own children at I’m Not the Nanny and sneaking time to read books at From Left to Write.

In exchange for sharing our family’s experiences with Music Together, Jaxson and I are taking the fall session compliments of Music Together Montgomery. All opinions are my own.

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