Our Classes

Mixed-age Classes: All of our classes are mixed-age, family style classes for children ranging in age from birth through age five. Every class has some babies, some toddlers, and some preschoolers, along with caregivers. Additional adult relatives (i.e. grandma, grandpa) are always encouraged to join us as well. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones, older children delight in watching their younger counterparts, and adults can bring different age siblings to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, and exploring musical instruments. Even our newborn music makers produce tones, shake their hands, tap their toes, wiggle, and absorb what others around them are singing and playing. The emphasis is upon creating a fun, informal, intergenerational musical experience powered by the caregiver/child dyad. Our mixed-age class follows the recommendations of early childhood development researchers who have found that grouping mixed-age children together fosters natural, family-style learning.

Our classes are offered in 10 week semesters, each based upon one of the nine Music Together® song collections. Each Music Together collection is titled with the name of a different musical instrument, though it's songs are not limited to that instrument. Each collection provides a richly varied musical experience, including traditional American folk songs, world-music (i.e. multi-cultural) folk songs, and original Music-Together songs. The song collections are non-sequential. For each session we allow two make-ups. Please arrange make-ups prior to "dropping into" a class, as some our more crowded than others.

We're taking registrations for the fall 2017 classes now!

Location:
Class Schedule Start Date Duration End Date Teacher

St. Margaret's Episcopal Church
1830 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Tuesday 9:30 AM Sep 12, 2017 10 weeks Nov 14, 2017 Amy Ashley Despres
Tuesday 10:30 AM Sep 12, 2017 10 weeks Nov 14, 2017 Amy Ashley Despres
Tuesday 11:30 AM Sep 12, 2017 10 weeks Nov 21, 2017 Amy Ashley Despres
Friday 9:30 AM Sep 15, 2017 10 weeks Nov 17, 2017 Amy Ashley Despres
Friday 10:30 AM Sep 15, 2017 10 weeks Nov 17, 2017 Amy Ashley Despres
Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 16, 2017 10 weeks Nov 18, 2017 Sarah Jill Bashein
Saturday 10:00 AM Sep 16, 2017 10 weeks Nov 18, 2017 Sarah Jill Bashein
Saturday 11:00 AM Sep 16, 2017 10 weeks Nov 18, 2017 Sarah Jill Bashein


Past Tense Yoga
3253 Mt. Pleasant St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Wednesday 9:30 AM Sep 13, 2017 10 weeks Nov 15, 2017 Amy Ashley Despres
Wednesday 10:30 AM Sep 13, 2017 10 weeks Nov 15, 2017 Amy Ashley Despres
Friday 9:30 AM Sep 15, 2017 10 weeks Nov 17, 2017 Jeremiah Goulka