Sing, dance, and have fun! You might be surprised to hear that you are your child's most important music teacher right now—and it doesn't matter whether you think of yourself as a great singer or dancer. Young children develop dispositions for certain behaviors, including learning to love music, by observing and imitating their loved ones. Simply by participating enthusiastically during class and playing with the ideas at home, you'll give your children the modeling they need to learn to love to make music. Please wait to socialize or use your cell phone until after class and instead help us create a music-only environment.
At Music Together®, children are never required to sit in the circle or expected to conform to an adult's idea of participation. We know that children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly, through observation, interactions with adults and older children, and through imitation, play, and, especially, movement. One hallmark of Music Together is the insight that children will naturally develop music ability simply when they are immersed in a community of families all making music.
Children's responses depend on their most dominant learning style and temperament as well as their age and developmental level. Some might follow the teacher right away. Many will simply want to watch and absorb, particularly in the first few weeks of class. Some might crawl or toddle around; others are stimulated by the music and respond more actively, running, jumping, or dancing. All are perfectly natural responses to the new, musically rich environment. Throughout the semester, your teacher will help you tune in to how your child learns best so you can support their music development in class and at home. Feel free to ask if you have questions!
Play your songs frequently, especially during the first few weeks of class. Make the music available for your child to listen to while she is playing or before nap or bedtime. Create your Music Together account and download the "Hello Everybody" app for digital versions of the songs and more activity ideas to try!
Use the songbook to help you learn the songs and get new musical activities to use at home. If you play an instrument and want to play along, the music notation is available in the Family Music Zone® Try using the songbook at storytime!
Each class has between 6 and 12 registered children, plus their caregiver(s).
We offer unlimited makeup classes during each semester. Please visit our Make Up Classes page to learn more.
Requests for class changes must be initiated within the first three weeks of the semester. Depending on class availability, changes are made at the discretion of the center director and teachers involved. Changes are not made after the third week of the semester.
City Sing And Play welcomes families at any point during the semester! However, we do not prorate for classes missed due to late registration. Instead, families may makeup class(es) during the semester.
Please feel comfortable to nurse or bottle-feed your child in class, but we ask that you not bring food or drink into classrooms.
We adhere with DCPS decisions in regard to weather cancellations. Should public schools close due to inclement weather, classes at City Sing And Play will be cancelled as well. Please check our website or our Facebook page page for announcements regarding weather cancellations.
Music Together® classes may be in session when older children have a school holiday, and it is natural to want to bring them with you to class. If DCPS has the day off, older siblings are welcome to join at no additional cost. Other guests, such as visiting friends and/or family, are welcome to join as well as a Drop-In guest for a fee of $20 per child. All guests must be registered however to keep class sizes manageable. If you plan to bring a guest, please schedule that guest as if you were scheduling a make-up and just put in the notes that you are bringing a guest so that seat can be accounted for.
Yes, parents, grandparents, or caregivers are welcome to attend class at any time—no need to ask!
Classes with children of different ages have intellectual and social benefits for both younger and older children. In fact, it's the learning environment recommended by many early childhood researchers. Older children learn empathy and awareness of others, while developing leadership qualities and gaining self-confidence. Younger children learn by imitating the older ones and often show more complex behaviors earlier than usual. Even babies benefit by being in an environment that gives them lots of opportunities to observe the behavior of children of varying ages. Plus, it allows everyone—siblings, parents, grandparents, caregivers—to share in the musical experience together!
Our classes are offered at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church at 222 M St, SW. We encourage our SAPling families to avoid driving as there is limited street parking available (and it's better for the environment!) but the street parking is 2 hour parking. The church is conveniently located just 1 block east of the Waterfront--SEU metro stop and 4 blocks west of the Navy Yard--Ballpark metro stop, both on the Green Line, as well as a little under a mile south of the Federal Center SW metro stop on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines. The church is also conveniently located right on the Eastern Market - L’Enfant Plaza DC Circulator route. There is ample secure stroller parking in the gated courtyard behind the church, as well as multiple bike racks outside the building.
City Sing And Play does not offer gift certificates at this time, but we hope to offer them very soon in the future!