Our Classes

With Music Together® Online, you’ll have access to the same high-quality music and movement curriculum loved by millions of families and teachers around the world—from home! 

During each live/interactive mini-class, Miss Amy will lead activities for you and your whole family to sing, play, and jam along to. We’ll be using songs from the Bells collection, and Miss Amy will show you how to make everyday items like dish towels, pots, and stuffies into musical props! Classes are appropriate for all children under 6,—but the whole family is welcome (and encouraged!) to participate!   

When you enroll you will receive your zoom links if you choose a zoom enrollment, your materials for the Bells Collection, which includes, the CD, a songbook and digital download code to download your music through our award-winning Hello Everybody app, and an invitation to our private Facebook Group, for Bells families only where we will share musical inspiration and activities to try at home and where you can connect with other enrolled parents.

Each week you'll get:

 

  • One 30 minute Zoom or Facebook Live class
  • One 20 minute weekly music video (pre-recorded) via Vimeo sent to you each week!
  • Printables and other downloadable family resources, including coloring pages, musical games, and more on the app and the Family Music Zone!
  • Bells Song Collection Materials-CD,  beautifully illustrated songbook and download code mailed directly to you!
  • Access to your music through the award-winning Hello Everybody App

This package of online music experiences and resources create a comprehensive music-learning program for young children of the highest caliber: just as you would expect from Music Together.  

Mixed-age Classes: All of our classes are mixed-age, family style classes for children ranging in age from birth through age five. Every class has some babies, some toddlers, and some preschoolers, along with caregivers. Additional adult relatives (i.e. grandma, grandpa) are always encouraged to join us as well. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones, older children delight in watching their younger counterparts, and adults can bring different age siblings to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, and exploring musical instruments. Even our newborn music makers produce tones, shake their hands, tap their toes, wiggle, and absorb what others around them are singing and playing. The emphasis is upon creating a fun, informal, intergenerational musical experience powered by the caregiver/child dyad. Our mixed-age class follows the recommendations of early childhood development researchers who have found that grouping mixed-age children together fosters natural, family-style learning.

Our classes are offered in 10 week semesters, 6 in summer and each based upon one of the nine Music Together song collections. Each Music Together collection is titled with the name of a different musical instrument, though the songs are not limited to that instrument. Each collection provides a richly varied musical experience, including traditional American folk songs, world-music (i.e. multi-cultural) folk songs, and original Music-Together songs. The song collections are non-sequential. For each session we allow two make-ups. Please arrange make-ups prior to "dropping into" a class, as some our more crowded than others.

We're taking registrations for the winter 2021 session now!

 

 

Outdoor Winter 2021

Outdoor Options:

Outdoor Classes Winter 2020: 

We won’t be doing anything special to heat the space so please dress accordingly. We intend to hold classes in cold temperatures but not in blustery conditions, and not if there's a strong prediction of precipitation.

 

What to Bring.
Each family should have a bag that contains instruments for EACH person in attendance. They can be homemade or leased by Miss Amy to be returned at the end of the session.

  • Rhythm sticks OR wooden spoons 
  • Egg Shakers OR homemade shakers made from small bottles partially filled with dried beans, rice or popcorn.
  • Scarves. The most fun scarves seem to be colorful, sheer and light enough to float.
  • One small drum to share between the people in your group. This can be a large plastic bowl turned upside-down.
  • A small blanket to define your space. Not too big. The ground may be wet so perhaps it would be good if it had a plastic lining.

Class Reminders

  • Stay Home if you or anyone in your family has any symptoms of illness
  • Stay 6 feet apart from non-family members.
  • Ages 3 and up, wear a face covering over your nose and mouth until you reach your spot. If you stay on your blanket or areat least 6 feet from others, you may take off your face covering.
  • Do not share instruments or blankets with anyone outside of your family.
  • If your child starts to wander, please bring them back to your blanket.

Other Details:

  • Once the semester has begun, no refunds
  • 40 minute long, in-person, socially distanced classes.
  • 10 families maximum per class. 
  • Each family that signs up should bring their own blanket, (grass may be wet), stuffed animals, rhythm sticks, shakers, and scarves.
  • Registered outdoor families can schedule make-ups for virtual classes ONLY. 
  • Spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
  • Location: Walter Pierce Park 2630 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009


 

Location:
Class Schedule Start Date Duration End Date Teacher

Live stream Facebook group
Facebook Private Group
DC
location info
Monday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Jan 04, 2021 10 weeks Mar 08, 2021 Amy Ashley Despres


ZOOM
YOUR HOME
DC
location map
Tuesday 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Jan 05, 2021 10 weeks Mar 09, 2021 Amy Ashley Despres
Tuesday 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Jan 05, 2021 10 weeks Mar 09, 2021 Amy Ashley Despres


Walter C. Pierce Park
2630 Adams Mill Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20009
location map
No Class on 1/20/21
Wednesday 10:15 AM - 10:50 AM Jan 06, 2021 9 weeks Mar 03, 2021 Amy Ashley Despres
No Class 1/20/21
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 11:35 AM Jan 06, 2021 9 weeks Mar 03, 2021 Amy Ashley Despres