Making music with children can be a lot of fun and has an positive impact on the child‘s development. It can be challenging, though, to create a musical environment at home. Therefore, Tiny Music Makers classes are perfect if you want to introduce your child to music.
I have talked to Silvia Ferro, the director of Tiny Music Makers in Toulouse and will share with you our little interview.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I’ve studied music my whole life. With Music Together® I’ve found the perfect combination of passion for music and the love of teaching to young children. When I moved to Toulouse from Washington D.C. three years ago, I’ve founded my own music center, Tiny Music Makers, in order to be able to continue teaching this amazing program, which I had discovered and taught back in the US for several years. Our music community is growing semester after semester and I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful job! Sharing the love for music making with children and their families is a special and rewarding experience.
Can you tell us more about Music Together®?
Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood, fun, and research based music and movement program for children from birth through age 8 and the adults who love them. Offered at more than 3000 locations and 40 countries, Music Together® classes give families the chance to get in touch with their inner musician and connect with other families.
Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. We are on a mission to make the world a better place by making it more musical!
Why does music has a positive impact on children?
Because music learning supports all learning. Wiggling, singing, and laughing with your child is so much fun, it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place! Our research-based curriculum not only develops music skills such as singing in tune and moving with accurate rhythm — it nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence while also supporting social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Because these benefits build over time, children enjoy the fullest growth in each of these areas when they participate as consistently as possible up through 2nd grade (CE1).
How does a typical session look like?
A group of six to twelve children and their parents or caregivers (nannies, babysitters, grandparents, or relatives) meet once a week for a forty-five minutes music and movement experience. Each weekly class offers a dozen songs and rhythmic rhymes, including fingerplays, small- and large movement activities, and instrument play. The relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented classroom setting respects and supports the unique learning styles, development levels, and temperaments of all participants. Music Together classes foster a strong sense of community, not just between parents and children, but among all the families in the group.
Each semester features a new song collection, and families receive one CD along with an illustrated songbook filled with music-making ideas for spontaneous music play outside of class.
Would you like to try out one session? There is an Open House very soon:
A big thank you to Silvia for the nice interview.
All the best,