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What to Expect in Class

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A relaxed, non-performance-oriented environment!

Our relaxed classroom environment helps your child to relax, enjoy themselves and get the most out of class. The main reason for fostering this atmosphere in class is that it helps your child to absorb the activity and to make positive connections and emotions towards the activity or song. Their lifelong love of music is beginning! In every class, you can expect to see:

  • children bouncing on laps
  • adults singing and laughing
  • dancing, moving, playing instruments
  • lots of joy!

It sounds like a great deal of fun right? Many families tell us that our classes are the highlight of their week!

Lots of learning (and bonding too!)

While our classes feel informal, there’s nothing casual about them! Every note, step and movement is carefully planned ensuring that we’re tapping into your child’s natural music aptitude. In just one class, children in our program are learning:

  • who’s the leader in this particular setting
  • to anticipate actions and activities
  • social cues
  • to feel and find the beat
  • there are many different ways of expressing themselves
  • we all make mistakes and then happily try again
  • new ways of playing with each song and that we can explore and develop the same song in a multitude of ways across the session
  • ways of moving

Our music classes aren’t just another kids’ activity, in our informal, welcoming environment children grow and learn in a way that feels right for them. Each class is a musical experience your child can share with the grownups who love them, creating a bond that supports your child’s growing musical skills and understanding as well as their social, emotional and cognitive development.

Lots of fun and music making

In our classes, the fun is where the experience begins and subsequently works to build your child’s knowledge. The enjoyment springs from participation. We’re definitely not a sit-and-watch kind of program. We know from over 30 years of research that the invitation to participate in music-making brings a whole different conclusion for your child, they realize that they can do this too.

That’s why all of our classes are participatory, without insisting your child does what we are doing; we’re inviting them to explore the music with us and allow their development to grow. We know that in their learning style, they are taking in information and will use it when they need it; and in class, we’re supporting their natural development through play, exploration and joy while giving you, the people they love, the tools to continue that growth all week long.

Adults participating

In our classes, no one watches from the sidelines! Our family music program is just that: for families! It’s important for children to see the adults they know and love participating in class by singing, dancing, moving, and having fun! The best part is, you don’t have to be any good! What is more, there’s no judgement in our classes.

Your full and active participation in class will model music behaviors and attitudes that your child will absorb, simply because they want to be like you and pick up the disposition to be a music-maker by seeing the adults they know making music too. Modeling is much more powerful than telling, in fact you don’t need to say a word, children do what we do and not necessarily what we tell them to do. Your child is wired to respond to your voice so even if you feel shy about singing in class, do it anyway so that you are doing all you can to support your child’s musical development. Find a way to let your child know that you enjoy making music! Remind yourself too, that your child hears and sees accurate music making in many environments but what only you and the adults that love them can provide, is the reassurance that people they love make music too.

So much more!

It’s hard to describe the true magic that happens in class. Science tells us that when we get together to make music, we feel good! With all the other benefits of early music education (social, emotional, cognitive), our classes become not just a weekly event but a part of the lives of our families. The best way to know what to expect is to try a class before signing up! We look forward to showing you what we’re all about!

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What to Expect at Home

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As part of your tuition, families receive a beautifully illustrated songbook, digital music download and an optional CD. These tools are meant to be used along with your weekly music classes. Listening to the music at home is the very best (and easiest!) way to get the most from class. The more familiar your child is with the music, the more comfortable they (and you) will be participating in class, experimenting with the lyrics and the music to further develop and solidify their musical foundation.

Use the songbook as a storybook, for the illustrations, for substitution ideas and it has lots of suggestions of how to play with the music outside of class. You will also have access to the Family Music Zone with even more ideas plus crafts and games associated with the music from the collection.

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Play with the music

Families often tell us that their child sings, dances and explores the session’s songs between classes! We know that children are absorbing everything they see in class and will often play with the movements and the music once they get home. At home, it’s important to support your child, giving them the opportunity to play with the ideas from class.

Use the music as a tool!

It’s no coincidence that families use our music outside of class not only to continue the fun, development, and exploration but also, when they need to navigate big feelings, or a difficult situation together! Try replacing the words of your favorite song with some that apply to your child’s feelings or ideas. It’s a wonderful way to show your child you are there for them, and switching from speech to song can re-engage your child in a new way.

Your Music Together teacher is an expert when it comes to using music to help your child with everyday tasks and activities? Bath time? Transitions? Clean-up time? You bet our teachers have a musical tip to help you use at home to make the whole process go smoother!

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What to Expect in Your Child

The benefits of music for children is apparent when they’re actively engaged in our playful learning environment. Your little one will be immersed in singing and dancing, enjoying the music in their own, unique way. While at the same time, forging connections between their brain and their mind, body and emotions.

Our classes promote and enhance the development of your child’s language, cognitive abilities, emotional, social and physical responses, learning habits, and dispositions. You and your child will enjoy songs in a range of musical styles – lyrical to blues, world music to folk – through fun, developmentally appropriate activities.

Because children learn by watching others, playing, and experimenting, our mixed-ages class offers the ideal learning setting. We don’t expect your child to necessarily do what we’re doing in class. While this might seem counterintuitive to you, we know that children are absorbing information in class and that the same part of the brain is used to absorb information as to express themselves. For some children they are so busy absorbing information, processing it and storing it for use when they are ready to use it that we don’t see them express themselves in class. That doesn’t mean they aren’t taking everything in, in fact many, many parents have shared with us how much they see their child doing the actions from class when they are at home. In these classes, your child will grow socially and musically through interactions with children of varied ages. Research shows that a family-like learning style is crucial for music and cognitive development, so we encourage any or all of your child’s caregivers – parents, grandparents, nannies – to take turns joining in on the learning fun at a Music Together class.


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Parent Testimonials

Check out our great reviews! See for yourself how much people love our classes. Head to our reviews page now!
Based on 10 reviews
Panatda Catlin
Panatda Catlin
I am thrilled with the music class that my 11-month-old son Mason is currently attending! The teacher is fantastic and engages the children with fun songs and interactive activities. Mason has already shown a lot of growth in his musical skills, and he's become more confident in his abilities. Not only that, but the class also provides a great opportunity for socialization, which is so important for young children's development. I've noticed that Mason is becoming more comfortable around other kids and adults, which is a huge bonus! Overall, I highly recommend this music class to any parents looking for a fun and educational activity for their little ones. Thank you for offering such a great program!
Kirstin Bird
Kirstin Bird
We have participated in music together classes with all 3 of our children. I find it to be beneficial on multiple levels. I’ve seen my children develop music and social skills, as well as their confidence. I also have enjoyed building relationships with their teachers, and other parents in the classes. Everyone is very welcoming, which creates a safe space for kids to grow and develop.
Elevate Music Together classes are an intentional, yet creative & flexible way to continue fostering a love of music for your family & will help your child(ren)s overall development, both nature & nurture, so much. My family has been a part of this program for 6 years now, first with our older son beginning at 7 months of age, & then again with our second starting around the same time of his life. Our younger son LOVES it as much as our older son did but in different ways & it is a joy for me as a mother to get to be a part of that & give this to him. Getting to watch him absolutely take to the class, the music, the people-- his budding awareness & love of being involved with the class & music is so much fun! The teachers are AMAZING. Their pacing of a 45 min class is seamless. They offer opportunities to include songs that are special at home in class. Their interaction & connection with my sons is so special. It may be because I'm so seasoned now, but here in our 6th year being a part of the program, I have found myself enjoying singing along & doing the things with my child more than ever. I want everyone involved in this program to know how grateful I am for the gifts you have & share through your classes. I just love everything you all offer-- the experience itself, the teachers, the communication & kindness that is always always given. I will sing your praises again & again!
Brianna Edin
Brianna Edin
My son and I have been going to Music Together since he was 3 months old. He is now 18 months and loving it more than ever. I love that the songs change each quarter, it never feels stale or like we are just repeating the same class over again. The teachers are fantastic at creating an encouraging environment for both students and parents. I am not musically inclined but have gotten more comfortable singing from taking my son to class :).
Dannielle Larson
Dannielle Larson
My family has participated in Miss Ashley’s music classes for 3 years now and have loved it! My oldest always delights in hearing the new songs and acting them out. My one and a half year old has already started requesting songs from class. It is such a wonderful family program.
Cyndal E
Cyndal E
Elevate Music is a very special program that really does help children get comfortable and excited about music. We've been attending now for 4 quarters and plan to continue. Our daughter loves the connections she makes, the instruments, and especially the music!
Kaity Stephens
Kaity Stephens
My 2 year old son LOVES his music class! It has brought him out of his shell and has given him a new love of singing and dancing all day, every day. We stayed on the same day and time each class we signed up for and it was so fun to see the same kids grow, and even their families grow! It has been such a blessing to our family to have something we can either go to as a family, or a special thing to go to with just one kid and parent. I also love that grandmas/grandpas can come too! The only downfall to us as a family is the cost, but I think my husband and I both feel like the reward to our kids outweighs that downfall.
Trisha Radford
Trisha Radford
I have done two summer semesters of Music Together with my 2 year old daughter and we have both loved it! Such a fun bonding experience and it has amazed me to see how much my daughter has learned by watching and interacting at the classes!
Taylor Pioli
Taylor Pioli
Our experience with Music Together has enriched our lives. We've witnessed outstanding growth in both of our children due to this program. Even good ol Dad likes to come along and sing and dance.
Natalia Heiser
Natalia Heiser
This class is different than any other class I've done with my child. It really encourages bonding as well as learning and fun. My child loves going and she loves Ms Ashley. The music is refreshing in the sense that it doesn't sound like your typical children's music which makes it easy to listen to in the car or at home. Check it out for yourself! They have free trial classes!

Sarah Harrison

Sarah Harrison completed Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Music Performance and Education in 2003, and 2004 respectively. She is an accredited Montessori teacher and a licensed Music Together teacher. Her teaching career has taken her from her native Canada to England, to Southern California, and now Washington State. She has taught children ranging from kindergarten through high school, and her choirs have consistently won awards for both musicality and spirit.

Ms. Sarah discovered Music Together in 2012. She was drawn in by the beautiful repertoire, the research based pedagogy and the pure joy it brought to her and her children.

Beyond music, Ms. Sarah is an avid hiker and runner, having completed seven marathons, and many more half-marathon, 10K and 5K races. She loves to bake and decorate cakes. Sarah also keeps busy as a mother of three young children: twin daughters, Noelle and Ainsley, and a son, Declan. Sarah has been married to husband Neal for 15 years and they love to dream about traveling!

Cassie Fox

Teacher Cassie is excited to return to teach at Elevate Music Together! A certified Music Together® teacher, Cassie previously taught with Elevate in 2017 and 2018.

They play a variety of instruments, including saxophone, guitar, and piano, and love exploring new sounds and music.

Teacher Cassie has 15 years of experience working with youth of all ages in libraries, preschools, and various community spaces. They have degrees in music and music therapy. Cassie is passionate about supporting musical play, creativity, and exploration with kids and their families!

Cassie is a transplant from Missouri and now lives in Marysville with their two partners and two furbabies.

Jessica Mohr

Jessica Mohr loves seeing the growth and development that comes with experiencing music from a young age. She is a local artist and loves all forms of art, including music. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Western Washington University.

Jessica was an Elevate Music Together mom who loved the program so much that she wanted to stick around after her son graduated. Now a certified Music Together® teacher, she is passionate about creating a supportive community environment within her classes—for the kids and their adults!

Jessica was born and raised in the PNW and currently lives in Lake Stevens with her husband and son.

Farley Woodbury

Farley Woodbury fell in love with Music Together in 2012 while taking classes with her oldest daughter. As a veteran “full cycle” Music Together mom she has experienced the amazing benefits this program has to offer while watching her own children grow from it. She is absolutely thrilled to be sharing her love for Music Together as a teacher. Farley’s background is in fitness, hospitality, and landscaping.

Farley believes music is a foundation of learning. Now a certified Music Together® teacher, she is excited to create a musical community within her classes and inspire families to make music at home and bring back music-making in our culture. Farley loves to garden on her farm in Snohomish where she lives with her husband and 2 daughters. With music as a passion in her life, she is also an aspiring guitar and ukulele player.