Music Along the Sound
What's New

Nov 20, 2014
Winter classes/ Celebration

The schedule for our winter classes is now available on our Classes and Registration pages. Choose the time and place that works best for your family, including a second choice if possible. Tell your friends about our classes which are "simply the best classes in town!"
Visit our Registration page for a complete list of classes.
To register for our Celebration class at Willow Towers, click on the "Celebration" tab, rather than the "Winter 2015" tab.

 
New Make-Up Scheduler

To schedule a make-up class, please click here.

 
Patch.com features our classes!

Read about our intergenerational classes, featured in Patch:
http://larchmont.patch.com/articles/
what-generation-gap-larchmont-based-music-on-the-sound-challenges-age-limits

 
Music... a basic human need!

“…I have come to understand that music is not part of "arts and entertainment" as the newspaper section would have us believe. It's not a luxury, a lavish thing that we fund from leftovers of our budgets, not a plaything or an amusement or a pass time. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can't with our minds.”
Karl Paulnack, Director of Music at The Boston Conservatory,

 
Babies learn through exploration

Check this fascinating article, observing that babies learn best
through exploration rather than through direct instruction.
Our classes, with informal instruction, encourage exploration!
Come and join us if you can!


http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/articles/2011/03/28/
researchers_study_how_babies_think/?camp=misc%3Aon%3Ashare%3Aarticle

 
Bach in the woods!

http://www.youtube.com/user/sakura4250?blend=2&ob=5
Watch and listen as a bouncing ball creates music by Bach!

 
Babies classes!

Are you a new mom, eager to share music with your child?
Try our Babies class, where we'll focus on musical activities for you and your little one!

 
MusicAlongtheSound on Facebook!

Visit us on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Music-Along-the-Sound/35630889087.
We hope you'll "like" us and add a story about your own family!

 
Benefits for your child ...

Take a look at this article for more in-depth understanding of what your child learns through regular participation in Music Together® classes. Put the link right into the top of your screen, without going through Google for best results.
http://www.metroland.net/features.html>

 
Talk about father/son music..

Take a look and listen to this clip of Bobby McFerrin inmprovising with his son Taylor.
It's pretty amazing!
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/musicinstinct/video/performance/taylor-mcferrin-and-his-dad-bobby/23/

 
Aug 16, 2009
Smarter Than You Think

Did you read the article "Your Baby is Smarter Than You Think" in The NYTimes Sunday Opinion 8/16/09?
Author Alison Gopnik describes new studies showing that babies and toddlers learn differently than adults do. In some ways they are smarter than adults. Babies learn by exploring, observing, drawing conclusions. They are drawn to anything new and unexpected.  "Parents and other caregivers teach young children by paying attention and interacting with them naturally and, most of all, by just allowing them to play."  And that's just what we do in a Music Together class.. play together!

 
Jul 27, 2008
MT family video clip

Are you wondering why it feels so good to sing and dance together with those you love?
Take a look at this intriguing article:
http://www.makecybersense.org/2008/11/music-migrations-and-hope-in-hard-tim
es.html

Or why people who sing and dance lead longer, happier lives?
Take a look at this interview with rock star Brian Eno:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97320958

Take a look at this article dealing with the primal importance of those activities throughout history!Need a pick-me-up moment?  Take a look at this video clip of a MT toddler singing with her grandmother. It is too precious!
http://www.youtube.com/rchen1974

How about a meditative musical moment?  Try this clip of a fellow MT director playing the panart hang drum, which is unlike any drum I've ever seen!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKGNFgm_OQg

Or if you need inspiration, listen to this story of determination to overcome obstacles, through music.  It is amazing.  Have your tissues handy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qTiYA1WiY8 -

And here's an article about a dancing Cockatoo named Snowball...  an how he is helping scientists to understand the connections between music and movement in humans.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080814/news_1c14bird.html

Here are two articles about the connections between music, singing, and good health:
http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2008/June/docs/01features_01.htm
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/life/2008-09/03/content_6993829.htm

 
Jul 25, 2008
Japanese section on MT website

Did you know the Music Together LLC has added a Japanese language section to their website, www.MusicTogether.com

It is linked to "For Enrolled families," in the "Classes" pull-down menu.
On the bottom of the page, there is a Japanese text.
Clicking on this will bring you to, "Living with Music," the Japanese webpage.

MTLLC will be updating it with new articles, more song book translations, and Q&A sections.

Your feedback, suggestions, comments and requests will be greatly appreciated!

 
Jul 21, 2008
Great article and video!

Here is a wonderful article and short video about a Music Together program.
It's fun to watch!
http://www.myrecordjournal.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=19855998&BRD=2755&PAG=461&dept_id=592754&rfi=8


And here's another great article, written by the editor of the same newspaper, as a response to the first article...

http://www.myrecordjournal.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=19858149&BRD=2755&PAG=461&dept_id=592754&rfi=8


And another video link to a Music Together class in NYC!

http://www.parents.com/parentstv/?cid=507869917&lid=1406589033&tid=1542684035

 
Jul 16, 2008
Musical Brain development

Here's a link to a wonderul article about what kinds of musical exposure most benefits babies.  The conclusion:  go for variety because babies can relate to and differentiate between many kinds of tonalities and rhythms that adults can no longer decipher!  Early experience is key!

The article is informative and hilarious, too!

http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2008/07/12/cant_get_it_out_of_my_head/?page=full

 

Another article I'd love to share with you, by Oliver Sacks, MD, and appearing in the December issue of Oprah magazine on page 169:  http://www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/200812_omag_sound.
 

 
Mar 12, 2008
Contributions to local causes..

Music Along the Sound, Inc. supports local organizations in and near Westchester County by donating series of classes to their fund-raising auctions. Recipients of our donations have included the following:

Creative Playtime, Scarsdale
Saint Gregory's Nursery School, Harrison
Junior Wonders Nursery School, Pelham
Larchmont Newcomer’s Club
Mamaroneck Cooperative Nursery School
Christ’s Church Nursery School, Rye
Little Angels Daycare, Rye
French-American School of New York
Mamaroneck Schools Foundation
Rye Neck School PTA
Harrison All Saints Church
Community Unitarian Church, White Plains
Greenwich Hospital Neonatal Unit

Tri-School Fundraiser of Eastchester

CURE Pancreatic Cancer, Lustgarten Foundation

Autism Speaks

St Paul's Child Care Center, Rye Brook

Osborn Elementary School, Rye

Tri-School Fundraiser, Eastchester

 Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Pelham, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Pelham, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamamaroneck,


 
Jan 11, 2008
Utne Reader on Music Together

 

 

Check out some history of Music Together in this Utne Reader article:

http://www.utne.com/2008-01-01/Arts/At-the-Top-of-Their-Lungs.aspx

 

 
Jan 09, 2008
"Hello, Everybody!"

 

 

 

Take a moment to watch this version of our "Hello" song on Youtube.
You'll be glad you did!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eXXvi6XZ2w

 

 
Nov 28, 2007
Our class at Sarah Neuman!

Please visit the following site to see the Gazette article on our multigenerational class at Sarah Neuman!

http://www.larchmontgazette.com/2007/articles/20071108musictogether.html

 
Nov 27, 2007
Origins of Art, from NY Times..

 

 

 

 

Perhaps the most radical element of Ms. Dissanayake’s evolutionary framework is her idea about how art got its start. She suggests that many of the basic phonemes of art, the stylistic conventions and tonal patterns, the mental clay, staples and pauses with which even the loftiest creative works are constructed, can be traced back to the most primal of collusions — the intimate interplay between mother and child.

After studying hundreds of hours of interactions between infants and mothers from many different cultures, Ms. Dissanayake and her collaborators have identified universal operations that characterize the mother-infant bond. They are visual, gestural and vocal cues that arise spontaneously and unconsciously between mothers and infants, but that nevertheless abide by a formalized code: the calls and responses, the swooping bell tones of motherese, the widening of the eyes, the exaggerated smile, the repetitions and variations, the laughter of the baby met by the mother’s emphatic refrain. The rules of engagement have a pace and a set of expected responses, and should the rules be violated, the pitch prove too jarring, the delays between coos and head waggles too long or too short, mother or baby may grow fretful or bored.

To Ms. Dissanayake, the tightly choreographed rituals that bond mother and child look a lot like the techniques and constructs at the heart of much of our art. “These operations of ritualization, these affiliative signals between mother and infant, are aesthetic operations, too,” she said in an interview. “And aesthetic operations are what artists do. Knowingly or not, when you are choreographing a dance or composing a piece of music, you are formalizing, exaggerating, repeating, manipulating expectation and dynamically varying your theme.” You are using the tools that mothers everywhere have used for hundreds of thousands of generations.

See http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/a/natalie_angier/index.html?inline=nyt-per for entire article.

 

 
Nov 11, 2007
Articles to read

Daniel Levitin had an op-ed piece in the NY Times a couple of weeks ago regarding how music and movement occur naturally together.
It's interesting and may help you to be patient when your children keep moving during class!!
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/26/opinion/26levitin.html?_r=1


Here's another that will explain to you how great making music is for your child's development:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/parents/yourchild/why_musicmatters.shtml

 
Sep 30, 2007
Can you dance this well?

The bird in this video has clearly been attending Music Together classes regularly in order to be such fine dancer!
Take a look!
http://birdloversonly.blogspot.com/2007/09/may-i-have-this-dance.html

 
Jul 27, 2007
Library classes

Music Along the Sound donates classes to local libraries, including the Larchmont Public Library, the Mamaroneck Public Library, and the Pelham Public Library.  It also donates classes to new families in the immigrant community.

 
Jul 26, 2007
Language development in babies:

For an interesting article on the value of face to face contact with infants and toddlers in promoting development of language skills, visit

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1650352,00.html?cnn=yes  

or

<http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn12437-educational-dvds-slow- infant-learning.html>

You'll feel wonderful about the time you spend with your baby actively making music and having fun together!

 
Dec 31, 2006
Wise words from Fred Rogers

Something for us to think about from "The World According to Mister Rogers:"

"Music is the one art we all have inside. We may not be able to play an instrument, but we can sing along or clap or tap our feet. Have you ever seen a baby bouncing up and down in the crib in time to some music? When you think of it, some of that baby's first messages from his or her parents may have been lullabies, or at least the music of their speaking voices. All of us have had the experience of hearing a tune from childhood and having that melody evoke a memory or a feeling. The music we hear early on tends to stay with us all our lives."

 
Dec 31, 2006
Music of the Hemespheres

If you can, check this article on how music imprints in the brain and stays there.. and how listening to live music makes a more powerful impression than recorded music!

MUSIC; Music of the Hemispheres
December 31, 2006, Sunday
By CLIVE THOMPSON (NYT); Arts and Leisure Desk
Late Edition - Final, Section 2, Page 1, Column 3, 2434 words

''Listen to this,'' Daniel Levitin said. ''What is it?'' He hit a button on his computer keyboard and out came a half-second clip of music. It was just two notes blasted on a raspy electric guitar, but I could immediately identify it: the opening lick to the Rolling Stones' ...

 
Dec 27, 2006
Laughing Baby!

Give yourself a treat, and click onto this very short video. It will remind you how magical the sound of the human voice is... especially to a baby!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P6UU6m3cqk

 
Oct 30, 2006
"The best class in town!"

Go to the "Quotes" section of the web site to hear what parents of boys, girls, babies, Big Kids, and special needs kids have to say about our program!
Go to our "Gallery" and enjoy action photos from our classes in Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Pelham, Rye, New Rochelle, and Scarsdale!

 
Oct 29, 2006
Music and Language linked on NPR

 Music and language development are visited in an NPR program which you can find at this link:

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2006/04/21

You'll be even more delighted that you are bringing to your child and yourself the rich music and language of Music Together classes.

 
Oct 12, 2006
Baby Music

The Music Together web site (musictogether.com) has posted an article called "Baby Music" that was run in the June 2006 issue of their local publication, The Princeton Packet.  It can be found in the"Articles Archive" section under "About Us."

Take a look at it when you have a chance.  It has a lot of information regarding the research that backs up Music Together.

 
Sep 01, 2006
The Power of Singing

In the September issue of Parent and Child, published by Scholastic, a short article on the "The Power of Singing" appears on page 11. It will support all that you know about our Music Together classses!
Put away that recording and sing out loud!
Don't worry if your child isn't singing along; she is listening and will join in when ready!
Don't worry about your voice or about making a mistake! Your child will love just hearing your voice!

 
Aug 11, 2006
Making music is a vanishing art

Wes Hawkins, music educator, in Arizona Republic:

Very few people actually participate in making music.
I invite everyone to turn off his or her CD or MP3 player. Get out some pots and pans and have a kitchen jam. Sing lullabies to your babies. They will just love the bonding time. Go to concerts with live acoustic music.
There are lots of ways to support music education, but the best ones don't cost anything. It all begins with raising our children to believe that making music is cool. –

 
May 03, 2006
Brain Development

What We Know About How Children Learn.
Read this fascinating article by Judith Graham in Bulletin #4356 from the University of Maine cooperative extension.
http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/PDFpubs/4356.pdf

You'll feel good about the choices you've made when you read about the connections your child's brain makes when you sing songs together, encourage word play, and do it all in a loving, safe environment!

 
Apr 30, 2006
Cajun Triangles!

The Sunday Times, 4/30/06, tells about an 80-year old gentleman in Louisiana who makes hand-forged, antique-steel triangles, prized by musicians for the way they ring! The triangle paces traditional Cajun music.
Mr. Montoucet makes the triangles from the U-shaped tines of salvaged old hayrakes, huge contraptions that were pulled by horses or tractors.

 
Aug 30, 2005
Hap Palmer web site

If you would like to understand more about why our classes are great for your child's development, please read the article by well-loved children's performer and song writer, Hap Palmer, found at the following web site: http://www.happalmer.com/articlepg1.htm

 
Jun 02, 2005
Parents Can Help Babies w/rhythm

Yahoo! News
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050602/ap_on_he_me/baby_rhythm
Study shows that bouncing your baby helps develop sense of rhythm. Babies only 7 months old can distinguish between duple and triple meter!