Midcoast Music Together, part of the national early childhood Music Together program, will offer a special Just for Babies class at the new Picker Family Resource Center at Penobscot Bay Medical Center. This class is for parents and infants 8 months of age and younger.

Research has demonstrated that babies hear as early as the fourth month of gestation and benefit greatly from early exposure to music. The Just for Babies Music Together class will take place on Fridays from 11:15 a.m. to noon, beginning Jan. 21. Interested families may participate in a free demonstration class on Friday Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon.

In a typical class, 12 babies and their parents or caregivers meet weekly for 45 minutes to experience new songs, chants, movement activities, and instrumental jam sessions. No previous music experience is needed. Parents hold their babies and move to music around the classroom or sit on the floor singing to their babies. At home, parents play to Music Together recordings (two CDs and an illustrated song book are provided as part of the class) and are surprised to see their baby’s response and how they develop preferences for favorite songs. This class will run for eight weeks and the cost is $125 (materials included).

To register or RSVP for the free class, visit the website at midcoastmusictogether.com or call 593-6645. Payment plans available upon request.

The Picker Family Resource Center, located on the PBMC campus in Rockport promotes building community by providing health resources and support that serve the needs for women and their families throughout their lives. Online at penbayhealthcare.org/pickercenter