Did you know that all children are musical? Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability?
Experience Music Together and find out how important--and how much fun--your role can be! Each class includes songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences--developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers, regardless of their own musical ability.
Our Music Together classes build on your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement. We'll help you provide your child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and social musical activities, and to study an instrument should he or she choose to do so.
Music Together is a research-based, internationally recognized music and movement program for young children and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, Music Together was a pioneer in the field of early childhood music. Today, its innovative, high-quality curriculum is offered in more then 2,500 centers in 40+ countries. All registered families experience the same music, community, and joy no matter where they are.
The 9-collection Music Together curriculum includes a mix of original songs and traditional tunes from the folk, jazz, and world music traditions in a variety of tonalities and meters. By presenting a range of musical styles from lyrical to blues, folk to boogie, Music Together provides children with a rich music experience that stimulates and supports their growing musical skills and understanding.
We offer several class types. Our Babies and Mixed-Age classes are for children from birth through 6 months and from birth through kindergarten age, respectively, accompanied by a parent and/or other adult caregiver. Our Rhythm Kids classes are for 4- to 5-year-old preschoolers with an adult caregiver (Level 1) and 5- to 8-year-olds in grades K-2 (Level 2) with or without an adult caregiver. Each class meets for 45 minutes once weekly for 10 weeks. Adults can take solo classes, too! We offer the Guitar for Grownups program for beginner guitar players with children enrolled in one of our parent-child classes. Guitar for Grownups meets for 60 minutes once weekly for 8 weeks.
Take a look at a mixed-age class in action!
To hear song samples, click here. Or listen to our Music Together founds and experts, director Kenneth K. Guilmartin and director of research Lili M. Levinowitz, talking to Caucus: New Jersey about our program.
Are all children really musical? If so, why should babies and young children learn to make music themselves, instead of just listening to it? Learn the answers to these questions in articles published in the popular press (The Guardian; Parents Magazine Page 1 and Page 2) and an academic journal (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). And to read articles about the Music Together program, go to Music Together's Web site or download this article from Utne Reader, itself excerpted from an issue of Chronogram.
The benefits of music-making for babies and children may be something you're prepared to accept, but you may still question the benefits for you, the adult. If so, take a look at this essay (part of NPR's "This I Believe" series) by Brian Eno. This article in the New York Times also makes it clear that success in later life is linked to the study of music. Enjoy!
Still questioning the value of music class for your child? Read what one mommy blogger thinks here!