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 growth.
- 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 development
- Facilitation of each adult’s music and movement experience.
*Center for Music and Young Children®, Princeton, New Jersey.