Do You Hate Music Class? Let’s Confess.

Emmett’s music class makes me barf. Not literally, but I seriously hate it. Why? With Fia, all we did were Mommy and Me classes, including music. Perhaps it’s the teacher. Or the sticks banging on a hardwood floor, jarring all my senses. Or maybe it’s the fact that the teacher keeps saying, “When your child starts to make their first noises, like lalala, that proves Music Together is working. They are vocalizing what they hear from the class. That’s why it’s so important to listen to this music at home.”

Are you f-cking kidding me? Homework from a baby music class? Attributing first sounds to the world’s most annoying CD? I think when Emmett coos and laaas he is simply developing language skills that happen um, normally. Who in their right minds listens to this sh-t at home anyway? Okay, I’ll admit on our mom-kids getaway last week it was the only CD in the car. And Teddy and Fia were whining so we put it on. But it was STILL IN THE WRAPPING PAPER!!! BECAUSE I HAD NO INTENTION OF EVER LISTENING TO IT!!! (By the end of the drive I was ready to shoot myself.)

Maybe I’m just having an off-day, but I’m not sure I can take another class. Twirling a scarf around while trying to get my groove on with Emmett at eleven o’clock in the morning is just not fun. I suck at dancing anyway. Unless I’m drinking. Then I think I’m really good.

This is the difference between your first and second kid. The first time around you’re looking for connections with other moms. You’re also looking at how to get through the day. With number two, you’ve already got it down. I don’t need any more mom friends. I’ve got my posse and between our Failure Hours and beach trips, my calendar is full and our club is closed.

Maybe instead of class I should park myself next door at the taco stand, eat my burrito and have him laugh at the Spanish music blaring. I won’t leave with a headache from excruciating songs in my head. Plus, for $5 it’s a much better deal. And god willing, it won’t make me barf.

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  1. by Morning Feeding: More Laundry Equals More Divorce?

    On October 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

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  2. by Cindy

    On October 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I’m with you! I hate baby/toddler music classes and I’ve NEVER been to one. Never even considered it. One mom in my group signed up and all the others fell like dominos. Not me. Then they’d all be dragging ass come Thursday mornings, music class time. Not me! So why are you torturing yourself?!

  3. by Cassia

    On October 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve never heard of these classes. We do have Baby Einstein videos. He sits in the living room with toys scattered & I fold laundry. It’s also free. (The videos are 6 yrs old).

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    On October 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    The exact things you are pointing out are the exact reasons School of Rock has launched Little Wing – it’s a music program for kids 2-6 years old using music we parents love. Beatles. The Who. Michael Franti. You don’t need to listen to those stupid kid CDs. Instead tune into the radio and you and your preschooler can sing along to “Octopuses Garden”. Music is suppose to be a part of your life, not something you have to set aside time for. Your “homework” is to listen to the music you like and listen to anyway! Check it out at http://www.schoolofrock.com/littlewing

  5. by Sara

    On October 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Not trying to sound judgy here, but it seems mindless of you to continue going to something you hate. Why waste your time and money? The story certainly wasn’t worth the pain.

  6. by Sara

    On October 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Wow, must be nice to not have to work *and* get to birch about something you don’t *have* to do

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    On October 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I am with you. I recall signing up for music, gym, and many more mom-baby classes with my first son because I had decided to quit my job and be a stay-at-home mom and was scared how I would fill the long, long days. I also thought i’d make lifelong mom friends there. Neither resulted.
    Perhaps I should have rest assured my son was getting plenty of social interaction from just playgroups and simply turned on the radio at home for music appreciation (yes – we played music on a radio back in 2001 – no iHomes :-)

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    On November 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm

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    I teach piano and Music Together classes so your article offends me. I have several music degrees and years of teaching experience. Everyone has a right to their opinion, but I wish you would not insult a research based educational program that many families do enjoy. Your comment about the teacher’s comment about observing your child’s musical responses is based on our growth chart and research. Yes, kids do naturally respond that way but if nobody ever sings to their kids, they are not going to respond musically. I have taught several piano students who could not keep a steady beat or sing in tune and had trouble learning and understanding music. I could go on and on, but if music classes and specifically Music Together are not for you, then please keep it to yourself and don’t ruin for families who are looking for ways to interact musically with their kids.

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