Music Together is an internationally recognized, fun-filled music and movement program for children from birth through grade two and the adults who love them. Originally offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.
The Music Together approach to early childhood music development is based on the belief that music ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking. We believe all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat and participate with confidence and pleasure in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. Our classes provide a high quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum for children, birth through grade two, with playful activities to promote such primary music development.
Children and their parents or primary caregivers meet 45 minutes per week to experience new songs, chants, movement activities, and instrumental jam sessions. In class, you and your child will experience the joy of actual music-making and the freedom to respond spontaneously to those experiences. Because young children instinctively respond to and imitate their loved ones, the active participation of parents and caregivers - regardless of musical ability! - is an essential part of the rich musical environment we create.
Very young children learn best through play, so our teachers are specially trained to foster an enjoyable, easy atmosphere where adults can relax as they play musically with their children. In class, you and your child will have many opportunities to create and play - making up new words to songs, improvising rhythms, dancing freely or simply observing and taking it all in.
Babies coo, gurgle, and flex their torsos in response to music. Toddlers shake rattles, bounce to the beat, and sing occasional notes. Three-year-olds often have favorite songs and instruments to play and can "lose themselves" in music. Four-year-olds like to have an effect on the activity--creating ways to move or inventing new words to songs.
"Such a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your child-not only in class but through integration of ideas and songs in our daily lives. In our particular case it has helped my daughter learn English and easing into the American culture when we moved here from Germany about a year ago. I can highly recommend this program for people moving from other countries whose children may not speak the language or are having trouble adjusting to the different culture!"
"I feel like this program helped to educate myself as a parent on the importance of music education and exposure. I love the time together with my daughter and watching the enjoyment on her face during class. Any time I put the CD on in the car she instantly cheers up."
"Its a unique opportunity to learn, move, and sing with your little one. At home the songs are tools that we use to lift spirits, entertain each other and to wind down at the end of the day. The music is always with us and we love sharing it with other friends and family too."
“I have and will continue to recommend the program to other parents. Our son has had a wonderful experience with the classes and the music provided by Music Together. We listen to and sing it every day. I know he has grown musically more than he would have otherwise.”
"It is really helping my son with his language development and he has become comfortable with dancing, singing, and playing instruments."
"The program is enjoyable for both my son and myself. We have such a great time singing new songs in and out of class. We started the program when he was 7 months old and I have learned that he was not to young to sing or play instruments."
“We noticed a great difference in our son after attending Music Together. His speech blossomed as did his love of singing and dancing.”
"We would like to continue with Music Together until we have gone through all of the songbooks. My son loves the time of singing. He loves to interact with his teacher and the other parents and children. Since we started at 4 months old, I have seen my son's growth in music and other areas take off. He often sings on pitch now, and can sometimes maintain a steady beat."
“Music Together has helped me to connect on a different level with my daughter. I have trouble keeping her focused on activities at home. I now use many of the songs to try to redirect her behavior.”
“I'm so happy with how musically inclined my daughter, and by proxy, I, have become. In fact, the entire family now sings and makes music with ease. This is an excellent program!”
"This program is not only fun but it has been a great bonding experience for me and my child. It has also helped to give my child a musical foundation that I would not be able to give him just on my own."
"It's an amazing experience that my child and I share together...I can actually see her grow as she participates more in class and sings and dances at home. We both look forward to music class every week and its our special time together. I would highly recommend this to my friends."
"This program really helped my child come out of his shell and start to venture away from me and to explore."
“We have thoroughly enjoyed Music Together! My daughter started attending class at 7 months of age, and she has been an active participant since the very beginning. She absolutely loves going to music class. I'm a musician and can teach her lots of things at home, but the interaction with other kids and the instruments is something she can only get in class. I highly recommend Music Together to all my friends with young children.”
"I have already recommended this program to the mom's group that I participate in (approximately 100 moms) and will continue to do so. I have seen such great strides in such a short time in my 3 1/2 year old son, who is mildly autistic. Music has released some of his anxieties, filled him with joy, confidence at knowing the songs, given him new sounds to register and new social skills to have fun with."
"Both my kids now love singing and do it easily and quite well actually. It has also helped improve my singing! It has helped give me a repertoire of songs to sing with my kids and the ability to make them up!"
"I've told other parents that my child really enjoys the experience and looks forward to it each week. The music is a lot of fun and I appreciate the variety. I've learned a lot about music myself and have played the CD's for family when we're on vacation etc. My child always loves to listen to the Music Together CD's."
"We have all grown musically as a result of this music program and we all have a great time while we're doing it. What a fun and supportive atmosphere in which to explore music."
"We have seen a language explosion in my son (2 years old) since joining Music Together. It may be coincidental with the timing of his general development, but I do not think so. His grasp of language is much firmer, he has more words and we find him putting new words to the tune of some of the songs from music class as well as old favorites. He's also begun making up songs on his own and carrying around his guitar, trying to strum and sing and walk and talk at the same time."