Music Together® Classes

Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood music program offering 45 minutes of pure musical fun for you and your child each week. Accredited teaching artists introduce children to the pleasures of making music in a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting. You’ll receive CDs and songbooks tied to each session’s unique experiences for use at home. The national program’s e-newsletter, web resources and online store provide additional support for enriching your child’s and your family’s musical growth and enjoyment.

Music Together®

Each 2019-2020 session focuses on a different song collection:

  • 10-week fall session September 9 – November 11; Flute collection
  • 10-week winter session December 2 – February 17; Sticks collection
  • 10-week spring session March 9 – May 18; Maracas collection
  • 6-week summer session June 29 – August 7; Kazoo collection
    • Registration for the summer session now open!

Music Together® art & logo design © 1992-2020 Music Together LLC. Music Together is a registered trademark. Crescendo Academy’s Music Together® is licensed by Music Together LLC. For more locations: https://www.musictogether.com/(800) 728-2692.

Music Together Online

Instructors: Melissa Ludwa, Laura Betinis Healy, Caitlyn Bodine, and Annie Dastoli

With Music Together Online, music class comes to you!  Every week for six weeks, Crescendo Academy’s Music Together specialists will lead your whole family in fun music activities using songs from the Kazoo Song Collection for younger kids or the Tree Frog collection for Rhythm Kid.  Plus, you’ll get a songbook, recordings of the music, access to digital content, membership in a private Facebook group for enrolled families, and bonus activities so the musical fun can continue all week long! It’s the same high-quality music education for young children you expect from Crescendo Academy’s Music Together, in a convenient new format that will deepen your family’s bond as well as encourage your little one’s growth and development. You’ll be inspired to sing, dance, and jam together all week long!  These classes are for children ages birth through age five and their parent(s) or caregiver(s).

Class Days and Times:

Mixed Age Classes: for ages 0-5
Monday:  10:00 a.m. – Melissa Ludwa
Monday:  6:00 p.m. – Melissa Ludwa
Tuesday:  10:00 a.m. – Laura Betinis Healy
Wednesday:  10:00 a.m. – Caitlyn Bodine
Wednesday:  6:00 p.m. – Annie Dastoli
Thursday:  10:00 a.m. – Melissa Ludwa
Thursday:  5:30 p.m. – Laura Betinis Healy
Friday:  10:00 a.m. – Melissa Ludwa

Music Together Online for Babies
What!?  An online class for… Babies?  Actually, this class is designed for parents and caregivers of babies eight months and younger. Crescendo Academy’s Certification Level II Specialist Melissa Ludwa will guide families through purposeful, meaningful, musical connections with our littlest music makers. The early months of child development are full of growth and wonder, and musical development is no different!  Through beautiful multicultural music, we will explore movement, purposeful touch, sound layering, dancing, and more – all to help you feel more comfortable and confident making Music Together with YOUR baby! Adults and babies will feel more connected to each other as well as the larger parenting community through this 6-week session. Families will receive a songbook, recordings, access to digital content, membership in a private Facebook group for enrolled families to encourage and build community as well as bonus activities for all ages. Before you know it, you’ll be recognizing your baby’s sounds and movements as precious musical moments!

Babies Class: for 0-8 months
Friday:  12:00 p.m. – Melissa Ludwa

Rhythm Kids Online Camp:  for ages 4-6

Tree Frog Collection
Led by Melissa Ludwa

Music Together Online: Rhythm Kids Level 1 Summer Camp
In this virtual “camp” experience, kids ages 5-8 and a parent or caregiver are invited to explore the world of rhythm through our Tree Frog Song Collection! This collection draws on songs and rhythms from Japan as well as some Puerto Rican and Cuban influences. Participation will include small and large movement, dancing, drumming, instrument play, and singing. Kids will enjoy inventing new ways to play with rhythmic instruments such as shakers, sticks and of course, drums!  Skills developed include keeping a steady beat, improvisation, understanding melody and harmony, and solo opportunities. Families will receive a songbook, recordings, access to digital content, membership in a private Facebook group for enrolled families to encourage and build community as well as bonus activities and crafts to do at home that deepen our understanding of the music and culture represented in the Tree Frog Song Collection. This camp experience meets three times virtually per week for two weeks in a row, culminating in one in-person drumming and dancing event (with appropriate social distancing of course)!

Two week sessions
Session 1: June 29 – July 10
Session 2: July 20 – July 31
3 Zoom meetings per week
Mon/Wed/Fri 11 am OR
Mon/Wed/Fri 4 pm

Class Fees:

6-week summer session begins the week of June 29.  Price will be $125.

Mixed Age Classes

Instructors: Melissa Ludwa, Annie Dastoli, Laura Betinis Healy, and Sierra Baker

Music Together® Mixed Age classes are for children from birth through age 5 and their parent(s) or caregiver. The Music Together® award winning curriculum is used in a playful, developmentally appropriate environment which utilizes singing, moving, playing instruments and making music in a fun 45-minute class. This type of music making is shown to enhance higher order thinking skills in our children, which supports all learning and provides an opportunity for children to attain basic music competence that is needed before learning an instrument.

Mixed Age classes are held at Crescendo Academy of Music, at Excel Dance Centre (6775 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo, 49009), Academy of Dance Arts (536 Romence Road, Portage), Mrs. O’s Preschool (8025 Moorsbridge Rd.), and Richland Area Community Center (9400 East CD Ave, Richland).

Class Days and Times:

All Music Together classes are currently online.

Class Fees:

Music Together® class fees are due by the first day of each session. The fee for the 10-week session Mixed Ages class is $185.00 for the first student, $115.00 for the second student; one sibling under 15 months old is free with paid tuition. The fee for the 6-week summer session Mixed Ages class is $125.00 for the first student, $75.00 for the second student; one sibling under 15 months old is free with paid tuition. For your convenience, you may pay by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. Credit card payments can be accepted by phone or in person at Crescendo during regular office hours of 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, or at our Square store.

Missed Music Together® classes can be made up if space is available; arrangements to make up a missed class can be made with the class instructor.

Music Together Generations

Instructors: Caitlyn Bodine

If you’ve ever wished for an extra set or two of grandparents, then we have a class for you! The Generations music class is a Mixed-Age Music Together class with the sweetest twist: the addition of senior participants. Kids and their grownups visit their “Musical Grandfriends” at a local retirement home or senior center and spend time making music as a large extended family.

These intergenerational music classes for seniors and children are popular retirement home activities because the fun songs and children’s liveliness and laughter help to brighten up everybody’s day. Making music together connects people in ways that few other activities can, and this type of class bridges the generations by helping seniors, staff, parents, and kids form new and satisfying relationships

Crescendo offers Music Together Generations at Friendship Village of Kalamazoo (1400 N. Drake Road, Kalamazoo, 49009).

Class Days and Times:

All Music Together classes are currently online.

Class Fees:

Music Together® class fees are due by the first day of each session. The fee for the 10-week session Mixed Ages Generations class is $185.00 for the first student, $115.00 for the second student. The fee for the 6-week summer session Mixed Ages class is $125.00 for the first student, $75.00 for the second student; one sibling under 15 months old is free with paid tuition. For your convenience, you may pay by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. Credit card payments can be accepted by phone or in person at Crescendo during regular office hours of 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, or at our Square store.

Missed Music Together® classes can be made up if space is available; arrangements to make up a missed class can be made with the class instructor.

Music Together Babies

Instructor: Melissa Ludwa

Babies love music. This will come as no surprise to you if you’ve ever soothed your newborn to sleep with a lullaby or bounced him to the beat of your favorite song. But did you know your son or daughter is also a natural musicmaker? It’s true: we are each born equipped to respond to music from a remarkably early age. There is a lot you can do to nurture your new little musician and making music together from the very beginning will lead to a lifetime of shared musical enjoyment. The Music Together® Babies Class will start you on the path to becoming a musical family. Specifically designed for infants eight months and younger, this 10-week introduction to Music Together® allows babies to embrace, enjoy, and express their inborn musicality.

Class Days and Times:

All Music Together classes are currently online.

Class Fees:

Music Together® class fees are due by the first day of each session. The fee for the 10-week sessions are $185 per child. The fee for the 6-week summer session Mixed Ages class is $125.00 for the first student. For your convenience, you may pay by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. Credit card payments can be accepted by phone or in person at Crescendo during regular office hours of 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, or at our Square store.

Missed Music Together® classes can be made up if space is available; arrangements to make up a missed class can be made with the class instructor.

For more program information, go to:

Music Together Worldwide

Rhythm Kids

Instructor: Melissa Ludwa

Rhythm Kids classes are for ages 4-6 and a caregiver. In each weekly 45 minute music class, we drum, sing, move, and play to rhythms inspired by musical traditions around the world, from West African Gahu, to Japanese Taiko, to Brazilian Samba, just to name a few.

Students learn to compose, choreograph, and conduct as they play—and play with!—a variety of musical instruments: West African djembe drums, percussion instruments, and, the most important instruments of all, their voices and their bodies. As your big kid learns to think and create like a musician, they’ll also build musical connections to the global community.

Important note: There will be djembe drums for use in class. It is encouraged, but not required, that your child have a djembe drum to use at home. If you need an appropriate drum, we will have a high quality djembe drum for purchase, or you may make your own arrangements for a drum.

Class Days and Times:

All Music Together classes are currently online.

 

Class Fees:

Music Together® class fees are due by the first day of each session. The fee for the 10-week session Rhythm kids is $185 for the first student, $115 for a sibling. For your convenience, you may pay by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. Credit card payments can be accepted by phone or in person at Crescendo during regular office hours of 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, or at our Square store.

Missed Music Together® classes can be made up if space is available; arrangements to make up a missed class can be made with the class instructor.

Resources

Crescendo will be closed during the Kalamazoo Public Schools winter (Christmas) and spring breaks. Morning Music Together® classes will be cancelled when area public schools close for snow days. If it becomes necessary for Crescendo to close, the closing will be announced via our voice mail system (269-345-6664), website, and Facebook pages.

Music Together® class fees are due by the first day of each session. The fee for the 10-week session class is $185.00 for the first student, $115.00 for the second student; one sibling under 15 months old is free with paid tuition. The fee for the 10-week summer session Mixed Ages class is $125.00 for the first student, $75.00 for the second student; one sibling under 15 months old is free with paid tuition. For your convenience, you may pay by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. Credit card payments can be accepted by phone or in person at Crescendo during regular office hours of 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, or at our Square store.

 

Missed Music Together® classes can be made up if space is available; arrangements to make up a missed class can be made with the class instructor.