Music Together® Mixed-Age
An Internationally Recognized Early Childhood Music Program

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Families having a blast at a demo class.

Your baby’s musicality is just waiting to blossom, and now is the time to give it the loving care it needs. Our Mixed-age Class makes it easy — and fun! The hallmark of the Music Together program, this class gives children from birth to age 5 the environment they need to grow and develop while interacting both socially and musically with other children of varying ages. And because babies spend most of their time listening and observing, it’s the perfect way to introduce them to the joys of making music. To help you make the most of it, you'll receive our special "Babies Guide for Parents in Mixed-age Classes" with your music and other parent education materials.

Our teachers have completed the Music Together Training. Janice Gockel and Monica Allen have completed the Certification I Training signifying that an instructor understands, conveys, and accurately implements Music Together's instructional goals.Vicki Boeckman and Aubrey Zoli joined us in 2016 as registered teachers. Tara Neill most recently has joined us as well. We are ready to rock along with them.

Here is a video of Music Together in action:

Spring Classes Open Now!

Class Schedule:
Class Time
Mondays 9:30am, 10:30am, and 4:00pm
Tuesdays 10:00am
Wednesdays 9:30am and 10:30am
Thursdays 9:30am, 10:30am, and 4:00pm
Fridays 11:30am
Saturdays 9:30am, 10:30am, and 11:30am

  • New Family Tuition is $220 which includes: 10 weekly classes at your preferred day and time, your Collection Songbook, 1 professionally recorded CD, Downloadable song code to access our online Family Music Zone, Growth Chart, Parent Guide and activity suggestions for parents.
  • Current/Former Families receive a $15 credit!
  • Siblings of enrolled students receive a discounted tuition at only $160
  • Siblings under 8 months may attend class for FREE with their enrolled sibling!

Supportive Family Class

In a Music Together Supportive Family Class, a child with special needs can actively participate right alongside withe his or her typically developing siblings and peers. Musical experiences can offer countless musical and developmental benefits that a child can gain at his or her level of participation. Music Together invites all children to participate with their parent or caregiver during our mixed aged classes. Within a Supportive Family Class, we are able to provide a smaller class setting (up to 6 families per class) where focus will be spent on meeting the unique needs of each family. Individualized adaptations will be made where needed within the structure of a typical Mixed Aged Music Together Class.

Supportive Family Classes will be with our instructor Tara Neill, a board-certified music therapist with a background working with many special needs communities and various medical settings. Please feel free to consult us at monicaallen@mcnw.org about which class type would benefit you and your child most. We would love to hear from you!

Class meets Fridays at 10:30am.

Teacher's Bios

Janice Gockel

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Janice Gockel has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with music; She holds degrees in viola performance and has been inspiring violin and viola students of all ages for more than 40 years. Remembering her own early childhood musical experiences, Janice fell in love with Music Together®. She became a registered Music Together® teacher and has completed advanced Certification training. Janice is the founder/conductor of Hildman Strings, founder of the Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop, and was the founder of Music Center of the Northwest. In addition to her busy teaching schedule, Janice is a member of Philharmonia Northwest, plays with Allspice International Folk Dance Band, and especially enjoys playing chamber music.

Monica Allen

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Monica Allen is extremely excited to share Co-Directorship with Janice Gockel! This will be Monica"s seventh year teaching Music Together and each year her SQ (silly quotient) grows! As a Music Education graduate from The University of South Carolina in 2005, Monica has made her way across the country to find a rich, musical environment here in Seattle. But, her southern roots are held strong and you can definitely hear a little country when she sings. The Music Together program here at Music Center has been a wonderful opportunity for Monica to express her passion for music and children. She loves to rock out!

Aubrey Zoli

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Music Together® is the perfect place for Aubrey Zoli - a lover of children, music, and sequins. Aubrey is the lead singer of Seattle band The Local Strangers, holds a BA in child psychology, plans large-scale events, and is a part-time nanny to boot. She is thrilled to bring her passions for music, education, and child development into the Music Together® classroom. Aubrey recently completed her Music Together® teaching training in August and will be doing her apprenticeship under the guidance of Monica Allen.

As a child, Aubrey was surrounded by music. Her dad played the guitar and sang and her mother, also a singer, was a high school English, speech and drama teacher. Music filled the house everyday and Aubrey wrote her first song when she was just six years old. It was about teddy bears and rainbows. Having discovered a strong love of music at such a young age, being a performer was the only thing she could imagine becoming. She starting taking piano lessons when she was 12 years old so she could create music to accompany her lyrics and melodies. Fast forward a couple decades later and Aubrey is living her dream playing sold out shows, releasing albums and touring over 20,000 miles around the US.

Aubrey received her Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Michigan State University and has since worked in both the mental health field and the event fundraising world. She planned large scale athletic events for over 6 years working with clients such as Susan G Komen for the Cure, National Wildlife Federation, PetSmart Charities, and UCP. She is currently the Event Coordinator for the Melodic Caring Project, a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit which bridges the gap between music, technology and patients battling serious illness by streaming LIVE personalized concerts to kids and teens in the hospital.

When she's not performing, planning events or working with children, she loves spending time with her two fur babies, her dog Guinness and her cat Lexi.

Vicki Boeckman

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Vicki has been on the faculty of the Music Center of the Northwest since 2005. Having just completed the Music Together® teacher training seminar in August, she is excited and eager to begin her apprenticeship under Janice Gockel, and especially delighted to start working with children and their families. A well known pillar of the recorder communities in Seattle and Portland, Vicki is in demand as a teacher pretty much all over the U.S. at early music workshops and seminars. Former music director for the Portland Recorder Society, she is currently music director for the Seattle Recorder Society, and co-director for the Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound (ROPS). She is the Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop and the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat. Vicki is also on the faculty at Cornish College of the Arts for their Artist Diploma program in early music.

Vicki Boeckman is a passionate performer of all styles of music. Her career as a professional recorder player has been a highly rewarding journey which has taken her to many exciting places such as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Italy, England, Scotland and British Columbia. She has recorded about 15 Cds with various ensembles and loves playing a wide variety of musical styles. She has been a featured soloist with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Medieval Women’s Choir, Gallery Concerts, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra and the Skagit Symphony. Her Seattle-based chamber trio, Ensemble Electra, with violinist Tekla Cunningham and harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree, specialize in music of the 17th and 18th centuries as well as newly-composed works. Her duo with recorder maker David Ohannesian is a popular addition to the Early Music Guild’s School Programs; often asked to return to the same schools year after year. Vicki is a two-time recipient of the Recorder residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon, and a two-time recipient of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Tara Neill

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Tara is thrilled to be joining the team at Music Center to offer Music Together® classes. Tara graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2013, with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. She completed her clinical internship at The Center for Discovery in Harris, New York, a national specialty center for children and adults with significant disabilities, medical complexities and autism spectrum disorders. Here she specialized in improvisational music therapy. After returning to the PNW and becoming a board certified music therapist, Tara began working with individuals in a variety of settings, including: children and adults in medical settings, older adults, and children and adults with disabilities.

Tara is passionate about people, music, families, opportunities to learn & try new things. The model of Music Together® is one that immediately caught her attention once she heard about the program and she is excited to jump into classes!

Additional Information & Resources

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For more information about our Music Together® program please contact Monica Allen at monicaallen@mcnw.org.

Please also find Music Together @ MCNW on Facebook and see our Music Together @ MCNW Event Calendar.


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