At Music Together, we understand the importance of music in early childhood—from birth, in fact. Because the truth is, most people are born with enough music aptitude to play in a symphony orchestra when they are adults, if they choose. But first we must learn how to "speak music"—to take the musical instrument we all have, ourselves, developing that musical capacity from a very young age. The sounds we make, our movements, our rhythms—these are the building blocks of music and of early childhood learning. And that's what Music Together is all about.
Music is more than instruments and voices. It's more than rhythm and movement. Music is a powerful force that can inspire, create community, and build family bonds. And it can be life-changing to develop our inner music-maker as early as possible.
Internationally Recognized Music Program
Music Together is an internationally recognized music program for children from birth through age 7—and the grownups who love them. Parents, primary caregivers, early childhood professionals—everyone is involved in the educational process. First offered to the public in 1987, we've always been pioneers in the field of early childhood music with truly innovative, high-quality music education and outreach programs that redefine what musical means. We're research-based, so we know our stuff and we're good at what we do. But we're also down to earth, accessible, and all about having a good time. It's a balance that makes us both serious and fun. What can we say? We're serious about having fun!
At the core of the Music Together approach is the idea that young children learn best from the powerful role models of parents/caregivers who are actively making music. Our program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and then facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home in daily life—which is so important to music development and early childhood learning. It's based on the recognition that, in a supportive environment, children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and confidently participate in the music of their culture. Music Together creates that environment! By emphasizing actual music-making experiences, we introduce children to the pleasures of producing music instead of passively consuming it from iTunes or TV. We're very high-touch. Face to face, heart to heart, voice to voice—for a truly bonding and enriching experience.
Global Reach with a Personal Touch
There was a time when the fledgling Music Together company needed only a few pins in a New York/New Jersey map to represent all of its independently licensed centers and schools. Today, with more than 2500 locations in over 40 countries, we need a map of the entire world! And Music Together families experience the same music, community, and joy no matter where they are.
Benefits for Children
When music is part of daily classroom life, children benefit in a number of ways. Music develops the child’s mind, body, and spirit simultaneously. Participating in music activities engages the natural learning cycle of play, discovery, repetition, and mastery. Our approach also fosters children’s growth and development in many areas essential to success in school and life, raising the overall quality of children’s early learning experience both in class and at home.
Music Learning Supports All Learning®
At Music Together, our primary goal is to support children's music development so they can achieve tonal and rhythmic competence. Yet the rich, play-based, and developmentally appropriate environment we create also fosters children's growth in other domains essential to school and life success. Music Learning Supports All Learning® (PDF), and our curriculum and program model support:
- Music Learning and Development
- Language Development and Emergent Literacy
- Social and Emotional Development
- Cognition and General Knowledge
- Physical and Motor Development
- Approaches to Learning
A report titled “Research Findings on the Music Together® Preschool Program Model” by Music Together coauthor and Director of Research Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz discusses the results of a Bridgeport, CT, study measuring the impact of Music Together on children’s learning across several developmental domains.