You might be wondering what your newborn could possibly take away from a music class and how old they have to be before they can benefit. At Music Together®, we know it's never too early to get babies started in class! Your little one is a natural-born music-maker, ready to start learning music at birth.
As in everything, you are your baby's first and best teacher. But don't get nervous! When you sing in the car and dance in the living room, you're showing your baby how to make music and that making music is important to your family. That's all your baby needs from you - musically, at least! (Food, clothing, and shelter are useful, too!)
In the Music Together Babies class, for infants from birth through 8 months, you'll learn a lot of fun musical activities for babies. You'll also learn to recognize which of your baby's behaviors are musical so that you can support their development at the time when your baby's brain is at its most receptive.
Yes! Music is a whole brain activity and during infancy the brain is developing at a faster rate than at any other time of their lives, so the infant brain is the ideal brain to expose to musical experiences! Infants' participation will seem passive at first, as they actively absorb what the are seeing, hearing and feeling. Throughout each semester, Music Together teachers help caregivers learn to recognize their infant's musical responses and point out musical milestones. As their bodies and nervous system mature, infants often show progressively more complex musical responses and evidence of song recognition. Parents will learn in class how to nurture their child's music development and how to create or enhance the musical bond with their child.
The Babies class has other benefits, too! Singing and dancing with your baby is a beautiful way for the two of you to bond, and making music with other parents of newborns is a great way to make new friends in your community who are as sleep deprived as you!