The 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, from folk to boogie, Music Together provides children with a rich music experience that stimulates and supports their growing music skills and understanding.
Music Together's nine song collections—each identified by its own color, instrument name, and graphic—are presented in a three-year cycle of three semesters per year. They are non-sequential, so families may join at any semester and attend class for three full years before cycling back to re-experience the collections from their growing children’s ever-changing perspectives. Because music learning is cumulative, with children reaping developmental benefits that build over time, we encourage their participation for as many years as possible from infancy through kindergarten.
Music Together CDs have outstanding arrangements that are fun, sophisticated, and loved by children and grownups alike. The music is pitched in just the right range for children's voices and includes songs, rhythmic rhymes, tonal and rhythm patterns, and instrumental play-alongs. All of the songs are suitable for mixed-age groups, perfect for childcare centers or families with children of different ages.
Each semester, families receive two CDs—one for home and one for on-the-go—along with an illustrated songbook full of music-making ideas. In addition, families new to the program receive a parent guide DVD and booklet, "Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically."
LISTEN to one of our SONGS: Stick Tune
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE MUSIC TOGETHER PHILOSOPHY:
I. ALL CHILDREN ARE MUSICAL
II. THEREFORE, ALL CHILDREN CAN ACHIEVE BASIC MUSIC COMPETENCE. The Center for Music and Young Children defines basic music competence as the ability to sing in tune and keep and accurate beat.
III. THE PARTICIPATION AND MODELING OF PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS, regardless of their musical ability, is essential to a child's musical growth.
IV. 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.