As hundreds of thousands of families worldwide know, Music Together is the joy of children and their grownups sharing songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play, both in music class and in their daily lives. A pioneering music and movement curriculum for children, Music Together offers classes for children newborn through kindergarten, in which parents and caregivers actively participate.
Essential to the Music Together approach is the belief that all children are musical, and that their natural aptitude for music will blossom in a sufficiently rich music environment. In fact, when given a supportive music environment, children learn to sing and dance as naturally as they learn to walk and talk.
How is this possible? Children learn differently from adults. They learn instinctively and constantly. They teach themselves through imitation and play, through being immersed in their environment, and through every interaction with adults and older children. The family-like setting of Music Together's mixed-age class offers an ideal learning environment which enables siblings to attend together, and allows infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to freely participate at their own levels.
Music Together teachers are specially trained in helping adults, too, feel at ease as music-makers. It's a completely safe atmosphere for you to explore your own inner ballerina or get out the air guitar-and feel closer to your child while doing so. Setting an example as an enthusiastic participator in music activities is the best thing any parent or caregiver can do to help set a child on the road to a life-long love of music.
Our fully trained, registered Music Together teachers lead groups of six to twelve children and their grownups in forty-five minutes of music and movement experiences.
Each weekly class offers a dozen songs and rhythmic rhymes, including fingerplays, small and large movement activities, and instrument play.
Flexible lesson plans give participants opportunities to create and improvise: making up new words to songs, offering movement ideas, making silly sounds, and sharing music ideas from the family's play at home.
The research-based curriculum develops music skills; nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence; and provides social, emotional, cognitive, and physical developmental benefits.
The relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented classroom setting respects and supports the unique learning styles, developmental levels, and temperaments of all participants, creating a strong sense of community.
At-home materials include a CD and songbook for each semester (see our Curriculum page).
Music Together goes far beyond the classroom experience. Its wealth of engaging songs and activities serve as a springboard for spontaneous music play at home, empowering families and filling their daily lives with musical joy.