What Is Music Together® ?
Music Together offers fun, playful, interactive music and movement
classes for babies through kindergarteners with their parents and
caregivers. These classes provide a rich environment in which to
explore the tonal and rhythmic elements of music through songs, chants,
instrument play, and expressive dance. For reinforcement at home,
families are provided with a CD of the current semester’s songs and a
corresponding illustrated songbook. The curriculum includes original,
as well as traditional, songs and chants in a variety of tonalities,
meters, and cultural styles. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes
and are typically made up of 6-12 children with their accompanying
adult(s). There are three 10 week semesters per year plus an
abbreviated summer session.
Basic Principles of the Music Together Philosophy
- All children are musical.
- Therefore, all children can achieve basic music competence. *CMYC
defines basic music competence as audiation and expression of meter by
rhythmically accurate movement and tonality by in-tune singing.
- The participation and modeling of parents and caregivers,
regardless of their musical ability, is essential to a child’s musical
- This growth is best achieved in a playful, developmentally
appropriate, non-performance-oriented learning environment that is
musically rich yet immediately accessible to the child’s - and the
adult’s! - participation.
You may notice the following when you observe class:
- Mixed ages
- Parent education during class
- Variety of tonalities and meters
- Multi-modal learning experiences
- Modeling of and opportunity for creativity and improvisation
- Expectation that each child will participate at his own level of
- Facilitation of each adult’s music and movement experience.
*Center for Music and Young Children®, Princeton, New Jersey.