What is Music Together®?
Since 1987, Music Together® has been changing the lives of young children and their grown-ups through the joy of family music Together®.
Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood music program which started in the Center for Music and Young Children (CMYC) in Princeton by co-authors Kenneth K. Guilartin and Lili M. Levinowitz PhD. Music Together® has always been a pioneer in the field of early childhood music with truly innovative, high-quality music education that redefines what musical means.
The research-based, developmentally appropriate music program develops basic music skills, such as singing in tune and moving with accurate rhythm. It also nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence and supports social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
The Music Together® Philosophy
Many people mistakenly believe that only a talented few are musical and the rest of us are doomed to sing out of tune and dance with two left feet. But the truth is, we are all born musical. In a supportive environment, children learn to dance and sing as naturally as they learn to walk and talk . This knowledge helped Music Together® develop its four-point philosophy that guides the program to this day.
Four basic principles:
- All children are musical.
- All children can achieve basic music competence—the ability to sing in tune and move with accurate rhythm.
- The participation and modeling of parents and caregivers—regardless of their musical ability—are essential to a child's musical growth.
- Young children’s musical growth occurs best in a playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate setting.
What are Music Together® classes like?
In a typical Music Together® class you will find 6- 12 children ages 0-5 and their parents or caregivers, singing, dancing, playing with child-friendly percussion instruments, using a rich variety of music and movement activities and having fun with tons of:
new songs each semester
small & large movement games
tonal & rhythmic patterns
This approach fosters natural, family-style learning where younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones, older children learn by leading younger ones, and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together.
Each child participates at his or her own developmental level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, observing, or exploring musical instruments. We welcome the whole family to join in this important family music experience. One or more adult caregivers--parents, grandparents, nanny--bring the child(ren) to class. Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once weekly for 10 weeks in the fall, winter, and spring.
The Learning Process
Young children do not learn in the same way as adults. Adults often learn through formal instruction with logical explanations and examples. Children, however, learn instinctively and constantly by: doing, experiencing and absorbing energies, sound, movements, and sights. They learn through their environment, through every interaction with adults and older children, and through imitation and play. The family-like setting of Music Together® offers an ideal non-formal learning environment (the best to support the way children learn) to attend together, and allows each child to participate at his own level.
Today, it’s common for us to only listen to music rather than create it ourselves. But actively making music is so important for children’s music and overall development. That’s why Music Together® has never been more essential. Young children learn best through active exploration and live, meaningful interaction with the grownups they love. So we say, take out the earbuds and pick up the instrument we were all given at birth—ourselves!