Hi everyone, I’d like to introduce Betty Corona aka Miss Betty of Betty’s Music Together. She runs what has to be the best music classes in Western New York. My children and I have been attending sessions with Betty since last year and my only wish is that I had started going earlier. Yes, I took my children to drop in classes in the area. Yes, I giggled when my child stood in the middle of the circle wondering what they were doing there. Yes, I enjoyed it. Now that I have experienced what it is to participate in a full 10 week session of an organized music program I realize how much my children (and I) can benefit. We see the same families each week. Each Music Together session begins with 2-CD’s of music (about 20 songs) and a workbook to go along with it. Opening the workbook is key… it gives a guide as to how to incorporate creativity and movement into each of the songs. (If you’re really talented the sheet music is included as well- you can play along with the CD.)
If that doesn’t convince you to sign up this just might: This winter I was driving from Ellicottville to Buffalo with a 2 and 1 year old. Both were tired. Neither make a habit of sleeping in the car. In Springville one started yelling. The other started yelling. Now they were both yelling. I asked them to stop. I begged them to stop. I pulled the car over to show how serious I was. But really, what was I going to do, leave them on the side of 219?! I think they knew that I had nothing. They kept screaming. Finally, I popped in a Music Together CD and the ‘Hello’ Song came on… Ahhhhhh. They quieted down and sang along to every song on the list.
Here is some information about Betty’s Music Together directly from her website:
Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability? Experience Music Together and find out how important–and how fun–your role can be!
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for children BIRTH through age 7 and the adults who love them. Created by the Center for Music and Young Children, our classes were first offered to the public in 1987 and pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.
Our classes build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement through an informal, developmentally appropriate, research-based curriculum. By emphasizing actual music experiences, Music Together classes introduce children to the joys of music making rather than passively receiving if from CDs or television. We provide a rich variety of music and playful activities which encourage children and parents to participate at their own level without any expectations of performance.
For more information go to http://www.bettysmusictogether.com