In Music Together® Generations classes, teachers and families foster meaningful musical relationships across the ages, as “Musical Grandfriends” join the music-making circle. Expanding the class community in this way enriches the experience for families and makes these classes some of the most satisfying to teach.
Classes are typically held in residential facilities, such as independent living, assisted living, or nursing homes, or in day programs where Elders are invited, but never pressured, to participate in class, with the support of an on-site staff member, and are respected as important music models.
Regardless of age, spirits are lifted, learning across multiple domains is stimulated, and meaningful connections are made. Children and families, especially those without extended family nearby, discover the value of intergenerational relationships and become more comfortable engaging with older adults. Elder participants enjoy witnessing children’s joyful music-making and find a sense of purpose in being a part of young children’s learning, which combats isolation and depression. The partner facility is grateful to be able to offer a cutting-edge, high-quality intergenerational program to its residents. Plus, teachers reach new levels of skill and enjoyment in their work.