Little ones have a natural inclination and enthusiasm for music and movement, and sharing that with your tot promotes a fun bonding experience. Sumner Music Together is a music-and-movement program for ages birth to 5 years with their parents or caregivers.

The program takes place in 10-week semesters, meeting once a week for 45 minutes. During each session, parents and tots sing songs, play instruments, learn chants and rhymes, and move and dance in a relaxed setting.

MUSIC BENEFITS BABY'S BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

There have been numerous studies for decades showing the positive impact of music on a young child's development. A 2016 study by scientists at the the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) shows a series of play sessions with music improved 9-month-old babies' brain processing of both music and new speech sounds.

"Our study is the first in young babies to suggest that experiencing a rhythmic pattern in music can also improve the ability to detect and make predictions about rhythmic patterns in speech," says lead author Christina Zhao, a post-doctoral researcher at I-LABS. "This means that early, engaging musical experiences can have a more global effect on cognitive skills," she adds.

SUMNER MUSIC TOGETHER'S SPRING 2019 SEMESTER & FREE TRIAL CLASS

Sumner Music Together's spring semester starts Wednesday, April 3. Classes are available Wed at 10 a.m.; Thu at 9 or 10 a.m.; and Fri at 10 or 11 a.m. Classes take place at the Creative Music Center, located at 366 W. Main St., Hendersonville.

Cost is $175 for 10 weeks of classes and all materials. A second child is $100, and a third sibling is free. Infants 9 months old or younger are free with a registered sibling.

You can try the class for free on Wednesday, March 20 at 10 a.m.

Advance registration is required for the free trial session and the 10-week semester. For more info, or to register, visit sumnermusictogether.com. You can also contact Director Angie Trottman at 615-973-6554 or at angieatsmt@gmail.com.