Class Descriptions

Music Together of Davis offers three 10-week sessions each year (winter, spring and fall), as well as a 6-week summer session.

Our weekly classes are 45 minutes in length. Drums and/or other instruments are available before class so everyone has a chance to play and get acclimated. We invite you to arrive up to 15 minutes before your scheduled start-time, so that you can begin class feeling relaxed; arriving early also may ease your child(ren)'s adjustment. If you are running late, consider singing our ritual "Hello Song" while on your way!

Music Together® classes in Davis normally include a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 registered children, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Exceptions may be made in unusual circumstances, and make-ups may result in more than 12 on a given day.

The essential Music Together class is composed of mixed ages, from birth through 5 years and 11 months, accompanied by their parents or caregivers. Early childhood educators see tremendous value in mixed-age learning environments. While older children learn from being in a leadership role, younger children benefit from watching and imitating their older classmates; and such experiences promote social skills and self-esteem. Furthermore, children of the same age are not necessarily at the same stage of musical development, and the curriculum is designed to teach many levels of complexity at once.

Music Together of Davis offers two options for babies. Babies 8 months and younger by the first day of class are welcome to attend a mixed-age class (either registered on their own, or free with an older sibling). Alternatively they may attend a "Babies Class," which is a one-semester introduction to Music Together. While creating a supportive community, the "Babies Class" experience provides intimate, quality time for caregivers and infants; and families are introduced to developmentally appropriate music activities that may be re-created at home.

RHYTHM KIDS: LEVEL 1 is the next musical step for your preschool child (ages 4-5), attending with a parent or caregiver. Through drumming, singing, dancing & playing music-based games, children develop such basic rhythm skills as keeping beat, improvising, soloing, and playing in an ensemble. Drums are provided for the class each week; if you are interested in purchasing your own for home play, please ask about special discounts on djembe drums that are available to Music Together families.

RHYTHM KIDS: LEVEL 2 is a djembe drumming class for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade (ages 5-8). The curriculum includes a focus on drumming technique, as well as fun brain-building music games, folk dances, percussion instrument play and harmony singing. While exploring multicultural rhythm patterns and songs from around the world, children are given opportunities to build confidence through composition, conducting, improvisation, soloing, and being part of an ensemble. Parents/caregivers are welcome to drop-off or stay and join the fun. This is an instrument-learning class, so your child will need their own djembe to play both in class and at home -- please ask about special discounts on djembe drums that are available to Music Together families!