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Music Together – Twin Cities Franchises

National: (800) 728-2692
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According to the Music Together website, research has linked early music classes with increased cognitive development gains, significant language development gains, improved coordination and improved self-esteem and self confidence. This international music program for young children and their parents/caregivers uses a curriculum is based on research into how young children learn best. Because it is aimed at preschool-aged kids, the classes are play-based and not performance oriented. Parents participate to act as positive role models, making it a fun family outing.

We decided to check out one of their free classes in 2014 when we had to high-energy preschool boys.

music and singing with babies and moms

 

Music Together Franchises in the Twin Cities Metro

Ensemble Music is a local provider of the national Music Together classes. They also offer Suzuki piano lessons. There goal is to provide a complete music experience for children and caregivers alike. Family music classes are for children ages birth through age five and sessions usually run 10 weeks. Prior to new semesters, families can usually participate in a free demo class. The demo locations are all in Minneapolis and St. Paul. They also offer classes in Roseville and St. Anthony, St. Anthony Park, Bloomington and Richfield. You can Register For A Preview Class at the Ensemble Music Website. 

In Mendota Heights and Hastings Area Mindful Music and Arts offers classes.

Music Together in the Valley covers Apple Valley, Arden Hills, Blaine, Burnsville, Circle Pines, Cottage Grove, Eden Prairie, Hudson, Lakeville, Lino Lakes, North Oaks, Prior Lake, St Paul (Midpointe Event Center at I-94 and Pascal St N and Creative Kidstuff on Grand Ave), Savage, Stillwater, White Bear Lake and Woodbury.

There are several other Music Together Franchises in the Twin Cities Metro. All use the same basic curriculum and music. You can find a class near you HERE.


Spring 2020 Music Together In the Valley Sample Calsses

The following is a list of sample classes hosted by Music Together in the Valley during March of 2020. Registration is required, but there is no charge to sign up for these preview classes. The classes are 45 minutes long. Call Clarice at 651-439-4219 to register.

  1. Monday, March 9 11:15 am - 12:00 pm The Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
  2. Tuesday, March 10 10:00 - 10:45 am Cerenity Senior Residence, 4615 2nd Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
  3. Saturday, March 14 9:00 - 9:45 am Unity Church Unitarian, 732 Holly Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
  4. Saturday, March 14 9:30-10:15 am Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave S, Edina, MN 55410
  5. Saturday, March 14 10:30-11:15 am Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave S, Edina, MN 55410
  6. Sunday, March 15 4:00 - 4:45 pm Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124
  7. Sunday, March 15 5:00 - 5:45 pm Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124
  8. Sunday, March 15 4:00 - 4:45 pm Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
  9. Sunday, March 15 4:00 - 4:45 pm Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave S, Edina, MN 55410
  10. Sunday, March 15 4:30 - 5:15 pm Steve Michaud Park Community Building, 17100 Ipava Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
  11. Sunday, March 15 4:30 - 5:15 pm Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN 55126
  12. Monday, March 16 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410
  13. Monday, March 16 5:30 - 6:15 pm Maple Grove Covenant Church, 9350 Upland Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  14. Monday, March 16 9:30 - 10:15 am Wayzata Free Church, 705 County Rd 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447
  15. Monday, March 16 10:15 - 11:00 am Prior Lake Public Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372
  16. Monday, March 16 9:30 - 10:15 am Early Childhood Family Center, 1111 S Holcombe St, Stillwater, MN 55082
  17. Tuesday, March 17 10:30 - 11:15 am Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124
  18. Tuesday, March 17 5:15 - 6:00 pm Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410
  19. Tuesday, March 17 10:00 - 10:45 am Steve Michaud Park Community Building, 17100 Ipava Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
  20. Tuesday, March 17 10:30 - 11:15 am Maple Grove Covenant Church, 9350 Upland Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  21. Tuesday, March 17 11:30 - 12:15 am St Barnabas Lutheran Church, 15600 Old Rockford Rd, Plymouth, MN 55446
  22. Tuesday, March 17 10:15 - 11:00 am The Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
  23. Tuesday, March 17 10:15 - 11:00 am Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN 55126
  24. Tuesday, March 17 9:15 - 10:00 am Kargel Park Building, 9301 Tamarack Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125
  25. Wednesday, March 18 9:30 - 10:15 am Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124
  26. Wednesday, March 18 10:30 - 11:15 am Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410
  27. Wednesday, March 18 10:00 - 10:45 am Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55427
  28. Wednesday, March 18 9:15 - 10:00 am Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN 55126
  29. Wednesday, March 18 10:15 - 11:00 am Kargel Park Building, 9301 Tamarack Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125

Our Experience with a Music Together Class

When I signed them  up, I wasn't sure how this class was going to go over. My husband is a musician and spends a lot of time doing his own musical activities with the kids. More importantly, I was asking him to get the kids out the door and get some place on time in the morning -- not one of his strong points. I stressed about it all morning. However, it was unnecessary worry. Everyone had a great time. Our four year old loved it. He couldn't stop smiling the whole time. Both boys loved having time with other kids.

Music Together Classes

Each child participates at his or her own developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments

As a musician and stay-at-home dad, my husband was impressed by the balance of structure and free play. There were activities to participate in, but when the two-year-old just wanted to run circles to the music, the instructor said, "Well, he's getting his energy out here." He also felt the instructor was great with the kids. She was able to keep them engaged for the full 45-minutes.  The two-year-old was just starting to get twitchy as it ended. At the end of the class, they sang a lights out song to calm the kids before singing the goodbye song.

There are special classes for babies or bigger kids, but most classes are Mixed Age -- great for families with multiple children. Each child participates at his or her own developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments.

What Is Included in a Semester

  • 10 weekly 45-minute classes teaching a new song collection every fall, winter and spring.
  • New CDs each semester with the songs, rhythm chantes, "play-alongs," tonal and rhythm patterns used in class.
  • Beautifully illustrated songbook with family activities to enjoy at home.
  • Parent education resources and online resources.

The class offered a nice balance of structure and free play.


Things To Consider Before Signing Up:

  • Although the price is about what I would expect to pay for a music class ($16.80/45 minute class), the big front-end payment may be difficult when on a tight budget.
  • We personally find schedules hard to keep with small children, however, make up classes are available and if you pre-arrange it, an older sibling can come along if school is out of session or they are home for a reason other than illness.

Below is a video of a mixed-age Music Together Class.

Music Together- Family Classes from Music Together on Vimeo.

This article was originally written by Joy on March 13, 2014. Ensemble Music allowed my family to participate in a class for free to facilitate this review. However, they do this for everyone at the beginning of each session and the review was entirely my own opinions.

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