Monday, February 28, 2011

Music Together classes resume March 21 at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

The next session of Music Together classes at Mr. Mike's Music will begin Monday, March 21st. If you're interested please contact Mike Showalter ( ASAP to reserve a spot.

I'm so excited to now be holding classes at The Atlas. Because of the success of my program I'm also adding a class on Monday's at 10:20.

Spring schedule is as follows:

Each Monday 10:20 - March 21-May 23

Each Tuesday 9:20 - March 22-May 24

Each Tuesday 10:20 - March 22-May 24. There are only 2 spots still available in this time slot. If you are interested in it, please call me directly to hold a place for your child.

To register please email me at or call 202.251.7205.

Additional information is available at

The song collection for spring is titled Maracas and features 25 new songs.

The program includes

• 10 weekly 45-minute group classes (Class size is limited to 12 children)

• A Fantastic Songbook - The Music Together® Collection is beautifully illustrated and comes with images, descriptions and the musical notation of all of the songs in the 10-week period.

• CD - Two copies(One for home and one for the car) of a professionally recorded CD with colorful arrangements of all of the songs in the the 10-week repertoire.

• DVD titled Music and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers -

An informative and insightful parent education guidebook based on extensive and detailed research (given to first-time families).
*No Saturday class yet*

Many of you have lamented that I don't have a Saturday class. I'm looking to perhaps add that next fall but at this point have not been able to rearrange my schedule to teach it.
*Never done Music Together?*

This class is a great activity for you and your child to participate in. The program is designed for children 0-3 years old. A Music Together class can benefit children for the the rest of their lives. Children explore the world through play. The focus of this program is to explore sound and rhythm and bring it into the everyday aspects of your family's life together.
*What makes Music Together® Great?*

*Musical Diversity* - each Music Together Collection is created in a way that explores diverse modalities and complex rhythms but packages them in a playful way.

*Foundation for Formal Instruction* - In the same way we learn to speak before we read, children must feel melody and rhythm comfortably before they can take further steps in formal musical education. Music Together provides a strong foundation for later musical development.

*Caregiver Involvement* - Sometimes, engaging your children can be exhausting. Music Together offers a different way to play with your child — with rhythm and song!

*Social interaction* - sharing a regular activity is important for children and for parents. Making music as a group is something we don’t often allow ourselves to do. Participating in a group builds community.

*It’s Easy* - Caregivers needn’t have any musical training to participate.

By simply trying your best, children are made to feel it’s safe to experiment as well.

*Class Description*

Classes meet for 45 minutes each week for 10 weeks. During the class period, children and their caregivers play with music and movement exploring a diverse range of sound and rhythm. Caregiver participation provides the model that allows children to freely explore music and dance. Music Together classes allow parents and young children the chance to explore their relationship in a musical way. In addition, the diversity of music provides a strong musical foundation for future formal instruction.

*Class Expectations*

You are your child’s first and greatest teacher. Therefore my one requirement is that all grown-ups participate 100%.

If you have any further questions please e-mail me at or call me at 202.251.7205.

Have a great spring!

Mike Showalter

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