Patterson Library Offers Music Together Classes

Patterson Library will host Kay Barlow, leader of Music Together, an internationally recognized early childhood music program. Classes take place from 6:30-7:15 p.m. beginning Thursday, Sept. 26 and running through Nov. 21. Children from infants through kindergarten, along with an adult parent or caregiver are invited to participate.

Central to the Music Together approach is that young children learn best from the powerful role model of parents/caregivers who are actively making music. The program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and by facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home with the context of daily life.

Kay Barlow is the recipient of the Chautauqua County Early Childhood Award for Excellence in teaching. She began teaching piano lessons at age 4 and has made a career of sharing her love of music with young people. She began teaching early childhood music classes in 2000 and is a Music Together Certified Level I Instructor. Barlow holds an American Orff-Schulwerk Association Level I Certificate and master’s in music and bachelor’s in music education degrees. Currently she teaches “Music Together” classes in her Fredonia studio and maintains a private piano studio.

This program is being made available at Patterson Library through a grant from the United Arts Appeal Project Pools, covering the instructor’s fee. A $40 fee per family will be collected to pay for materials, which the family keeps. Registration is limited to 15 children so call Patterson Library at 326-2154 or stop in as soon as possible. Scholarships are available upon request of the Patterson Library director.