Rhinebeck nursing center to host intergenerational music classes in January

Posted: 12/10/2015

Children and seniors will sing, dance, play instruments and swing scarves together during weekly Music Together® intergenerational classes beginning Monday, Jan. 4, at the Thompson House rehabilitation and nursing facility, 6525 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck.

Catskill Mountain Music Together will offer a program for children newborn to 7 years and their caregivers at 3:45 p.m. on consecutive Mondays for 10 weeks. Seniors who reside at the Thompson House will participate and form bonds with young families while children will engage with people of a different generation.

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program based on research and a developmentally appropriate curriculum that emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. The program includes a variety of activities, including playing percussion instruments, singing, dancing and chanting.

“Our residents are excited to be a part of a musical community and become ‘grandfriends,’ ” said Sue Close, director of recreation at the Thompson House. “These interactions with young children will do wonders for the elderly, many of whom light up when they have young visitors.”

“The intergenerational program provides companionship to our older population while the seniors help our children develop social skills, positive attitudes toward aging and a sense of community,” said Miranda Haydn, director of Catskill Mountain Music Together.  “Whatever the season, music and children bring joy that resonates with us in treasured memories.”

The cost is $160 and includes class materials. Register before Jan. 18 at For information, call Haydn at 845-657-2600 or email

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