Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.
Music Together® classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. For hundreds of thousands of families worldwide, Music Together® is all about children and their grownups joyfully sharing songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play, both in music class and in their daily lives.
All children are sounders and movers, and their natural aptitude for music blossoms 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 than 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 classes enables siblings to attend together, creating an ideal learning environment where infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can freely participate at their own levels.
Mixed-Age Classes for Babies to 5 Years
The cornerstone of the Music Together® program is the Mixed-Age music class, for children from birth through age 5—and the grownups who love them! Gathering babies, toddlers, and preschoolers together makes each class fun for all. There are lots of group activities for kids out there, but Music Together offers a true family music class for the youngest infant to the oldest great-grandparent, and everyone in between. Imagine an extended family with a dozen or more kids and a bunch of caring adults, and you'll get the idea!
Each class includes:
- Fully trained, registered Music Together teachers lead groups of six to twelve children and their caregivers in 45 minutes of music and movement experiences
- A dozen songs and rhythmic rhymes, including fingerplays, small- and large-movement activities, and instrument play
- The opportunity to create and improvise—making up new words to songs, offering movement ideas, making silly sounds, and sharing musical ideas from the family's play at home
- A relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented classroom setting that respects and supports the unique learning styles, developmental levels, and temperaments of all participants, creating a strong sense of community
Each semester, families receive a new CD from the Music Together collection and a beautifully illustrated songbook filled with music-making ideas for spontaneous music play beyond the weekly classes. Also included are other print and online resources to help continue the music-making fun at home and nurture your child's musical growth—even if you don't think of yourself as a great singer or dancer.
Music Learning Supports All Learning®
Wiggling, singing, and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place! Our research-based curriculum not only develops music skills, it nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence while also supporting social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Because these benefits build over time, children enjoy the fullest growth in each of these areas when they participate as consistently as possible up through kindergarten.
Your Role Is Essential
Young children learn through play and experimentation and by watching and listening to the grownups they love. 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 lifelong love of music. Parents don't need to have music skills—they just need a desire to play and have fun with their children! Our teachers are specially trained to create a safe atmosphere so you can happily join in, experiment, or even get silly—and feel closer to your child while doing so.