Music Together of Decatur Toddler Music Classes

Each week at Music Together of Decatur, 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 just how much learning is taking place! Children learn through play. And playing with music is what we do!

You’ll take home physical and digital access to recordings of 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 toddler's music-learning and overall development---even if you don’t think of yourself as a great singer or dancer.

Why Mixed Ages?

Child development researchers discovered that grouping children of different ages in one class creates an environment of family-style learning where young children thrive. With this knowledge, Music Together pioneered the idea of a mixed-age music class for families almost 30 years ago. The model is still cutting-edge, as families discover how much richer the experience is than in a class that is segregated by age. In a mixed-age class, everyone is supported to participate at their own levels: babies vocalize, wiggle listen, and observe; toddlers actively play and experiment; and preschoolers build confidence as they emerge into classroom leaders. This mix of ages, stages and learning styles makes for a rich and supportive learning environment for everyone, including the grownups!

Generations Classes: Mixed-Age Classes with a Twist!

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. 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.

Experience the joy that inevitably comes from making music across the generations. Join us at The Phoenix at Tucker (Thursdays at 9:30) or Benton House in Decatur (Thursdays at 11:00).

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.

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See a schedule of classes and register here!

What Music Together of Decatur Moms Say About Our Generations Classes:

"I literally cried when one of the residents came to hug me and thank me for sharing M., who'd spent 5 minutes holding her hand. This class is more than music." - Lotte, Tucker Mom

“We loved the Generations class with Music Together of Decatur. My children enjoyed interacting with the seniors through music and the seniors absolutely loved seeing the children. Some residents got to know the children well and would have them sit on their laps during the class. Some days, some senior residents came to the class looking tired and sad. But once the class started and they heard the music and saw the children singing and dancing, they just lit up. They were smiling, clapping their hands, and having fun! Some were even dancing! Children and seniors are so good for each other and this class is unique in that it truly melds their spirits together through the gift of music.” - Haley, Decatur Mom

“I really enjoyed watching my kids (2 years old and 6 weeks old) grow more comfortable with our ‘grand-friends’ each week and the seniors’ presence and participation gave a special energy to our classes. Ms.Kenya is great at finding ways to help the babies and grand-friends interact while singing and making music and I know that everyone in the room appreciated the multi-generational community that we created each week. One of my favorite moments was the first time my 2 year-old overcame her shyness to pass out instruments to our grand-friends. They made her feel so proud to be helping!” - Ashley, Avondale Mom

“We sang, played, danced, and got loved on by some beautiful souls. My boy asked as soon as we left when he got to come sing with the ‘Grandmas’ again.” - Sarah, Decatur Mom


See a schedule of classes and register here!