Children, music together in classes

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AUBURN – Music Together of Lewiston/Auburn, a parent/child music and movement program, is accepting registrations for the winter schedule. Classes will be offered at 9 and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the United Methodist Church and at 10 a.m. Saturdays at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Additional classes will be added as necessary.

The goal of Music Together is to develop every child’s opportunity for basic music competence by encouraging experience rather than learning of information about music. Families are encouraged to attend class together, so younger children and older children in the same family can learn music and movement activities. Classes are geared toward children ranging in age from birth to 5.

In a class, 12 children and their parents or caregivers meet for 45 minutes a week for 10 weeks to experience new songs, chants, movement activities and instrumental jam sessions.

Each semester is based on a collection of 30 songs through which the elements of music such as melody, harmony and rhythm are explored. Each family receives the collection of songs on two recordings and in an illustrated songbook as part of the registration fee.

Adults and children sit together in a circle and participate during class led by a teacher with early childhood and music skills. Children have the opportunity to play instruments and improvise and dance to different styles of music.

Music Together will begin the winter semester on Thursday, Jan. 11. For more information or to register, contact director/teacher Cherie Szustak at 777-5548.

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