Experience the joy of making music with your baby! Join us, 11:30 - 12:15, on August 24th! Reserve your spot here.
We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Rayma to our team! Rayma Williams is a music therapist who is brand new to the Atlanta metro area! After growing up in AL and completing a bachelors in Music Therapy at Mississippi University for Women, she worked as a music therapist for five years in IN and later, TN. Her experience includes music therapy sessions in school classrooms, early childhood music groups, school for the deaf, nursing homes, a private school for students on the Autism Spectrum, NICU/Pediatrics, and many more diverse settings. Rayma's love for early childhood led her to pursue more knowledge through certifications for Neurologic Music Therapy (2015), Music Together teacher training (2016), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit- Music Therapy (2017), and Bereavement Training: Perinatal Death (2018). When she's not strumming a guitar and composing silly songs, you can find Rayma crocheting, learning how to bake, or roaming the aisles of Aldi for a good sale.
This is our first week of summer classes. Come sing and dance with us!
Registration for Summer Classes is Now Open. Summer collections (now entitled Kazoo, Harmonica, and Banjo respectively) are a compilation of favorites from our nine, award-winning CDs, which means you and your child get to revisit old favorites and enjoy a little sample of the songs yet to come. This summer, we'll be chugging around the room to "The Train Song," singing in the sun to "Maria Isabel," and visiting all sorts of places with the help of an all-time favorite, "Ridin' in the Car".
Get ready! Registration for Summer 2019 Opens on Cinco De Mayo! You can find summer details here.
FOR BABIES UNDER 8 MONTHS! Join us for our special Babies Only Class at our newest location in Oakhurst at The Solarium (Tues. at 12:30) or in the City of Decatur at First Baptist Church (Weds. at 12:30) ! For BABIES UNDER 3 MONTHS, check out how Music Together of Decatur and Nurturing Notes Music Therapy are teaming up to give You and Your Baby an exceptional start!
Open Enrollment for Our 10-Week Spring Session Begins March 1st! Come join our musical community of babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grown-ups who love them™ and experience the joy first-hand! Don't wanna wait to try a class? Schedule one now.
You haven't missed it yet!
Give yourself, your little one, or your BFF one class ($15) and experience the joy! *Gift Certificates Available*
(If you-- or they-- decide to enroll in the 10-Week Winter Session, this amount will be applied to tuition.)
For every new family that registers for Music Together of Decatur's Winter Session BECAUSE OF YOU, you and your friend will each receive a $15 credit for Spring Session. LEARN MORE HERE.
Priority Registration (for currently enrolled families) is now open!
Open Registration begins November 16*, 2018!
* Space is limited so, new and returning families, mark your calendars now.
Who doesn't love a sing-along? Don't get stressed out this holiday season! Come sing, dance, shake, and drum your heart out! Join us for a two-week holiday event featuring seasonal songs. Let's take those babies, toddlers, and preschoolers on a fun and festive musical ride! Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles, and Nannies-- all are welcome!
Your tuition includes your weekly classes with unlimited makeups, a CD full of all the music you'll be singing and dancing to in class, a delightfully illustrated songbook to snuggle up with at home, digital access to all of the music so you can access it wherever you go, and a family guide to understanding your child's music development.
Wanna join Music Together of Decatur for Trick or Treating at Benton House (2711 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur, Georgia 30033), October 31, 2018, 2:15 - 5:00? Delight all of the residents at this assisted living facility and give your little ones a safe, enclosed place to go door to door! Spread the love by indicating you're interested or going and share the event with friends!
Come sample a free Music Together® Generations class! Sing, wiggle, and jam with your Baby, Toddler, or Preschooler and our "grand-friends" at Benton House of Decatur. Stay afterwards for Benton House's Apple Festival: sample different ciders, enjoy fresh apple pie a la mode, and try your hand at apple bowling. Let the Fall Family Fun begin! Please reserve your free spot for Thursday, October 4th, at 11:00.
Come sample a free music class! You and your Baby, Toddler, or Preschooler will enjoy 45 minutes of singing, dancing, instrument-playing, and FUN. This is a Mixed-Age Music Together Class with the sweetest of twists: the addition of seniors at an assisted living facility. We hope you'll join us for this special Music Together Generations Class. Please reserve your free spot at Phoenix (Thursday at 9:30) or Benton House (Thursday at 11:00).
Our Music Together of Decatur Babies Class was created especially for families with infants who are not yet crawling. Babyhood is prime time for music learning. Like learning language, it’s never too early to start learning music! Join us for a free demo Wednesday, September 19th, at 12:30 before our 10-week Babies session starts on Wednesday, September 26th!
Music Together of Decatur has been nominated for a Winnie Family Favorite Award in the category of Best Educational Experience!
If you love Music Together, we'd love your help winning this special distinction! You can vote every day from now til September 5th!
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Let's do this thing!
Join us for Summer Classes in Decatur!
Sing, dance, play, learn and have a whole lot of fun bonding with your baby, toddler, or preschooler.
New! We have a special Music Together of Decatur field trip planned for this week. Join your classmates at Orchard Senior Living in Tucker or at Benton House in Decatur at for a Music Together of Decatur Generations Class! You'll enjoy another 45 minutes of singing, dancing, instrument playing, and FUN with the grown-ups and little ones from your class and you'll get to share it all with a group of "grand-friends" at one of our assisted living locations. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot at one of the links above. at
Preregistration (for currently enrolled families) is underway! Open enrollment (for new families) begins February 27th at 1:00 PM! Get ready to sing, dance, and jam to a whole new collection of music this Spring!
NEW! Purchase a 3-Class Valentine's Day Pack and Share the Love!
. . . With a Baby In Your Arms and a Toddler in Your Lap!
As a mom of three, I have found it extremely challenging, if not impossible, to engage in any kind of meaningful, ongoing community service with little ones in tow. But I have discovered a way that allows even the youngest of participants--babies, toddlers, and preschoolers-- to give and to get every bit as much as everyone else in the room and I want to shout it from the rooftops!
In addition to being a mom, I am also the director of Music Together of Decatur. Music Together of Decatur classes always offer a rich musical experience, filled with singing, dancing, instrument playing, and bonding for little ones and their grown-ups. But now, along with about one hundred Music Together centers around the country, Music Together of Decatur offers a variation on this mixed-age class: the Generations Class.
What makes the Generations Class extra special is that babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups are also able to share the music-making with residents at an assisted living facility. Music Together of Decatur Generations teacher Kenya Engram is a music therapist with special expertise in helping new parents develop a musical bond with their little ones and many years of experience helping seniors rehabilitate and improve the quality of their life. What difference does Generations really make for seniors?
Music Together founder and artistic director Kenneth K. Guilmartin notes five tangible benefits of the intergenerational class experience.
● Singing engages the whole brain. Studies show that a senior’s active engagement with music provides a host of benefits for the older brain, increasing oxygen and blood flow, stimulating focused attention, activating memory, even temporarily mitigating the symptoms of dementia for older adults. Music also lights up the young child’s brain, stimulating and strengthening important neural connections for music as well as for other areas of learning.
● Music does a body good. For both young and old, singing engages the body, exercising the lungs, stimulating major and minor muscle groups and promoting coordination. For children, music-learning is multisensory: important musical knowledge happens through experiencing movement, both through their own bodies and through the model of others.
● Singing really does make us happy. Studies show that singing reduces stress and makes seniors feel happier, decreasing risk for depression. Cortisol levels in babies are regulated when they are sung to lovingly, resulting in a sustained “quiet-alert” state, which supports learning.
● Singing together equals meaningful connections. When people of all ages make music in a community with their voice and body, they have great fun together and often experience “belonging,” being part of something deeply important and purposeful.
● Singing creates memories, old and new. Music can spark the recall of past experiences for seniors, even those with dementia. It helps the past truly come “alive,” giving them access to deep feelings activated by remembering an event or moment from the past. It can help them connect the dots back to the past. But making music in an intergenerational setting can also help seniors create new memories, through pleasurable shared music experiences. For parents and children, making music with an extended “family” of multiple generations is often (at first) a novel experience. The new experiences inspire the creation of rich family memories that can last a lifetime.
I attended this weekly class with my own little one. I saw our grand-friends’ eyes move instantly from the television to the families, lighting up as each of us entered the room. I saw our grand-friends’ hands move from their laps to the eggs, sticks, and scarves that our toddlers brought them. I saw our wheelchair-bound grand-friends tap their feet to the music and our more mobile grand-friends join us on the dance floor. I saw each of our grand-friends-- even the least responsive of them-- join us in singing You Are My Sunshine as we wrapped up class each week. And I saw our grand-friend who’d declared throughout the semester that she didn’t have any grandchildren so she had to “really soak up this time” receive, on the last day of class, a framed picture from one of the mothers with the inscription, PATTY’S GRAND-FRIENDS.
There was something almost sacred about that time for my son and me and, by all accounts, for the other little ones and moms as well as for our grand-friends and the staff. We were all changed for the better.
Thinking about winter music classes for your baby, toddler, or preschooler? Winter Classes start in January, but you can visit a class this week!