NOTES For Enrolled Families - MT ONLINE CLASSES
for Music Together of Newport County
MT Online / At Home class notes
(In Fall2021 - We're offering MT OUTDOOR Classes in-person,
but in the event of rain/inclement weather,
we will be doing our classes online via ZOOM, and recorded so that families may access these afterwards.)
Join in the optional "ZOOM Livestream Classes" when offered.
We'll offer Zoom Classes "Livestream" at those times,
(Private for currently enrolled families) who want to participate,
and reminders on that will be announced throughout the semester...
You will receive an invite via email announcing those classes with a private Zoom link)
These are optional as an INTERACTIVE way to stay connected for those interested.
ZOOM Prep Notes HERE:
On Rainy/Story Days
All Currently enrolled Music Together families are invited to join us!|
We recommend getting logged into Zoom about 5-10 minutes early that day
to make sure it's working for you and your devices...
For some people it may be a new thing to use zoom, so to get ready:
Here's a quick video tutorial on joining a meeting
For more, here's a full page of guidance for setting up and using Zoom
Note: We'd love to have you all there !
And the Zoom class is optional:
We realize that with different home/work/life schedules and other family needs,
not everyone is able to be able to participate at that same time...
or may not be as interested in the livestream mode, and that's fine!
We offer this as a special "synchronous" livestream class together.
With Zoom, it will give you a chance to also have some interaction:
For us to see and for you to see other families (and for them to see you too!)
The whole class will be about 40 minutes with some intro and wrapup moments
fyi: If you miss the ZOOM Livestream, you still have access to recorded class your own timing:
We will use recordings from our ZOOM class
as part of the Recorded VIDEO classes sent out afterwards (usually the day after).
We aim to record our live-Zoom-sessions when possible,
but ONLY the TEACHER will be visible on the recording, NOT anyone else.
Most any device will work with Zoom (computer, tablet or phone)
Although a computer or laptop will give you a larger screen to see other families.
If you want to "See" other families, go to "Gallery" view,
or to focus on the teacher, go to "Speaker View"
Here's an overview screenshot of how it will look on a laptop/computer screen
with the "buttons" and controls there...
During the zoom class, we do encourage you to avoid using headphones for your child if possible
so that you and others in your household can also hear the music and participate.
Computer speakers are usually fine - if using a phone or smaller tablet,
using a connected speaker may be helpful if you have one to use just to boost the sound.
Note: To make it easier to handle all the sounds at each person's space,
Besides the Teacher, the sound for the group participants' mics will primarily be set on "mute"
except for greetings and other group moments when we say hello etc.
FYI: Security protocols
Zoom has recently updated all its security protocols so that we can feel clear using Zoom.
It now requires a password to enter (or the direct URL Link which includes the password)
We've personally used Zoom for lots of other classes and events,
and we know other teachers are using Zoom all around the country:
and the advantage of zoom compared to some other online services
is that it tends to be easy for you to be able to actually get into your meetings,
on a wide variety of devices,
while also having the updated security features,
including a "waiting room" and ONLY those people expected are allowed into the space.
Please don't "Invite" any other families to join in for that,
as it's setup for just people who are enrolled.
Letting loose, enjoy!
Relax and get comfy while you sing and dance with us!
On sofa, on floor, in chairs, wherever is all fine! :)
But please do participate at home just like in the classroom setting.
The expectation is that our session will be a family experience for the child
and not a TV show for them to watch alone.
Plus for adults it boosts our own endorphin levels and spirits too
when we sing and move and groove the music!
Patience and Time to grow into it all...
And remember, it takes time to get used to new things for all of us
so allow children to be children and give yourself some time to adjust too.
We will be there for you the whole time!
How to Have a Successful Online Music experience
- Have Some Instruments to play for part of class,
even homemade instruments, tupperware containers, or other instruments are good!
- Be ready to move and dance and play too!
- We are here to support YOU to be musically active each week with your
child, which is the key to their musical development.
Just like in class, we're fine if the children watch in stillness,
lie on the floor, or walk away and come back.
What is profound, is for them to experience music coming alive in their own home
through their family - more so than just through their screen.
Just like learning any language, the adults around them are giving the major cues to be involved in that language,
and this language is music.
Music and Extras
If you have already received your music packet or downloaded via the app,
then begin to have a listen.
It's way more fun to come to a sing-along when you start to know the songs!
Once you get going with the app/resources you'll have access to extra videos,
coloring pages, musical instrument making ideas, and lots of goodies to
support your music making through the week!
Watch our VIDEOS and other resources when made available:
in recorded sessions for at-home participation.
Once released, you may access those videos AnyTime AnyDay On-Demand
For the entire semester!
Other special "Musical Moments" videos will be coming out as well throughout the session.
See notes below about suggestions on how to use the videos and music at home.
Listen to your Music each week
Use your materials: CD and SONGBOOK
Also, a good option on your phone or tablet:
use the Music Together App “Hello Everybody”
and plug in your unique Code
(found inside your songbook front cover and sending to you from us the first week of classes via email.)
Download the songs and sing along, look at and sing with your songbook together.
Know that you have a musical child. We believe ALL children are musical!
Follow what we do at home:
with the MUSIC, the VIDEOS and other RESOURCES sent out each week.
Grownups - you are and have always been important "students" and “leaders” in our classes!
Our goal is to guide you in supporting your child's musical, rhythmical, vocal, cognitive, emotional, communicative, and physical development. As part of this, you become your child’s guide too:
Your child is wired to imitate what you do and learn from you and that's all part of the family fun and learning.
Let Children be their Children selves
Children learn through PLAY.
Expect for them to behave like children will do:
Some children will wisely choose to watch, others may dance, others might run or jump around the house,
others might play with toys, but if YOU are doing the musical activities with us,
they will still learn.
Even if they are not looking at the screen itself that is fine and ok:
Especially with the younger ones, we have no expectation that they are watching the screen throughout,
With you there joining in and participating,
If they see YOU following what we are doing,
they will learn through their own multi-sensory ways:
Listening, Watching, Feeling, Moving, and Sounding.
During each week,
Look for a time to connect with your children through music
Choose a time of day that works best for all of you to have musical time TOGETHER whenever possible.
We know that Children need interaction and connection.
With music that's also true:
The more they see you engage, the more they will benefit,
and the more they will soak it up and enjoy and learn.
Continue Community Building at Home
Community-building begins at home.
Music helps us build relationships.
A child's most important relationship is with you and other primary caregivers.
Our online music together classes will focus
on musical connections between you and your child.
Stay Connected with us
Let us know how music-making is going at home.
Generally, it takes 3-4 weeks for children to become familiar with the new music.
Keep listening to the music, singing, dancing, and using class resources as often as possible.
Create Lifelong Music Memories with your children
What is the soundtrack of your life right now?
Music is a container for time and emotions of our life.
You probably have songs which remind you of your childhood, middle school, high school, college, relationships & more!
Let's create special musical memories which will help us remember
times of connection, love, and joy during our “stay-at-home” and creative remote learning.
Thank you for being a part of Music Together Community!
More info: Q and A:
Other Ways to access the MT Song Collection music and related content online?
In addition to your physical CD and Songbook, with our current Song Collection,
Your Music Together library of songs (& more!)
can also be accessed as usual through the FAMILY MUSIC ZONE www.musictogether.com/account
and/ or the app called “HELLO EVERYBODY,” on iOS or Android. https://www.musictogether.com/hello-everybody-app
You can download or stream the music by following the instructions in the inside cover of your songbook,
where you will find your unique code each semester.
If you haven’t created a musictogether.com account yet,
you will use the code in your current songbook inside cover to create it.
After your first semester, each time you get a new book and code,
you just add it to unlock the new collection.
Everyone in your family- including your child’s caregivers –
can use that same account and have access to your Music Together song library,
so they can play your child’s favorite music when you are not with them.
The Family Music Zone
is the special section of our national site:
for enrolled Music Together families from all over the world.
Even without using the phone app, from this site you can download or stream the music from any device you have,
wherever you are. In addition to your Music Together library,
it contains activity ideas, video, the notation and parent education information
The app itself includes some special features,
such as a karaoke function so you can isolate the instrumental tracks and turn down the vocals,
and the ability to make your own playlist of songs from all your MT collections-
so for instance a playlist of upbeat songs, or a playlist of lullabies.
The “Let’s Play” section has bonus content.
As a parent or caregiver, what is my role?
Your active participation is the key to your children learning and growing musically
and it doesn’t matter how "well" you think you sing,
it only matters THAT you sing, and play and dance and groove with Music!
What you will pass on is your enjoyment of music and of MAKING music.
And remember, all that singing can reduce stress levels, and we all need a bit of that right now!
Since family music making in your home is so valuable to your child's musical development,
encourage everyone in your family to join in and you will have more musical role models for your little ones.
If grandparents or nannies want to join in with you, that is great-
so they can learn the songs too and make music with them
in whatever way you communicate with them.
What about Screentime?
Please remember that while our sing-along videos are OK for kids to re-watch by themselves,
their primary purpose is to create a shared experience between them and an adult in the home.
The real-life involvement and guidance of YOU, the grown-up (or perhaps even an older sibling),
is what will make the experience truly meaningful for your child.
For those of you concerned about too much screen time for your child,
rest assured that not all screen time is the same.
What we are creating here is designed to be more interactive.
We CAN make video work for us in positive ways
when it facilitates human connection and creative interaction.
And again, let go of worrying if your child isn't "watching"
or doesn't seem to be "paying attention" all the time...
Just like in class, when YOU are engaged with the music,
your child gets SO MUCH from it in their own way while you have fun too.
How should we use the Music Together materials?
Play your music at home as frequently as possible. Use the songbook too!
Your child may begin to recognize songs by the pictures and use the book to ask you to sing them.
By looking at the songbook and printed notes on the page while you sing,
you’ll help your children understand that music is something that can be read, like words.
Also for musicians, fyi: Full notation of all the songs is downloadable!
From the app or Family music zone as noted above.
Where can I buy some of the instruments we have in class?
Instruments and singalong storybooks that match songs from the curriculum
are available for purchase for use at home or as gifts directly from the national site: www.musictogether.com/store
In addition, we'll encourage you to MAKE your own homemade instruments and use everyday objects
for music-making. That way, your household can become even more musical!
FOR MORE INFO ON MAKING HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS SEE HERE
with smiles and songs,
Christopher & Katherine Carbone
Music Together of Newport County
Newport, RI 02840
401 846-9014 email@example.com