Each week in Music Together® Mixed-Age Classes at Anderson Music Academy, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grownups who love them gather for 45 minutes of fun-filled family music time.
Your teacher will lead you and the other families in music activities ranging from lullabies to full-on jam sessions (with child-friendly instruments, of course!). It’s so much fun you won’t realize how much learning is taking place!
You’ll take home the award-winning music used in class, along with an illustrated songbook and other resources. As you discover new ways to play with music all week long, you’ll be supporting your child’s music learning and overall development—even if you don’t think of yourself as a great singer or dancer.
Mixed Ages Classes
Students 0-5 years
Mixed Age Classes provide a rich learning of music as well as much needed social interaction.
The combination of ages allows younger children to enjoy imitating and watching older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones.
Any of your child's caregivers--parents, grandparents, nannies--can share in the experience, both in class and at home!
Marion Schmidt’s love of music and children has been lifelong. She brings expertise, a wealth of experience, and a love of teaching to her work at Anderson Music Academy and Music Together.
After earning her BA in Elementary Education (with a Music Minor) from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI, and Master of Education from Concordia University in River Forest, IL, she began a career as a classroom teacher, teaching various elementary school levels and also directing the elementary orchestra and choir programs at public, private, tribal and parochial schools.
For the past 10 years, her focus has been on teaching young children, providing their first introduction to the world of music both as a private teacher and now as a Music Together trained instructor.
Making the World a Better Place by Making It More Musical®
In a nutshell: Our mission is to make the world a better place by making it more musical. We do this by providing the highest-quality music and movement classes to families everywhere—and by involving parents and caregivers. When a family starts making music together early in their child's life, their relationship to music changes, and they begin to recognize that they are indeed a musical family!
The Music Together Philosophy
Most people think being musical is a question of talent—you either have it or you don't. While that may sound reasonable, it's completely untrue! All children can learn to dance and sing just as naturally as they learn to walk and talk. With this in mind, we formulated four basic principles that guide everything we do.
The Four Principles of Music Together
All children are born musical.
All children can achieve basic music competence—that is, they can learn to sing in tune and dance accurately to a beat.
It's crucial that parents and caregivers participate in class and model music-making for their children in class and at home, regardless of their own musical ability.
The environment that best fosters young children's musical growth is playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate.