Philosophy

Music Together® was started in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1987 by Kenneth Guilmartin and Lili Levinowitz and has gone on to become an early childhood education success story nationwide and around the world. Co-author Guilmartin states, “We believe that every child is musical, and that each child needs a stimulating, supportive music environment to enjoy the wonderful human capacity for music-making.”

Music Together classes are based on the idea that making music with children, in the family, and in a community of families enriches the lives of both children and parents and promotes musical growth in children, nurturing their musical aptitude.

The Music Together approach develops every child’s birthright of basic music competence by encouraging the actual music experience through song, rhythm, movement and instrument play.
Curriculum

Music Together® classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. Three ten-week sessions are held each academic year and a six-week summer sessions begins mid-June:
  • CD and Songbook for each session
  • Parent(s) or caregiver participation
  • One make-up class per session
  • Siblings come to class at reduced tuition
  • Infants under 7 months are free when attending with an older sibling
  • Infants under 7 months without a sibling receive a discount
  • Music Together teachers take teacher training and are registered
The Music Together teacher leads the class in songs and rhythm chants featured in the song collection for the current semester. The songs are presented through a variety of musical activities which incorporate:
  • Fun, playful, interactive ways to focus on tonal and rhythmic elements of music
  • Small and large movements
  • Free, expressive dance
  • Instrumental accompaniment
  • Use of props (scarves, balls, etc.)
  • Opportunities for improvisation by children as well as parents
Parent education during class will increase your understanding of the relevance of class activities to childhood music development. The atmosphere invites and encourages participation by both children and adults, regardless of musical skill, talent or training. Music Together parents discover what a powerful role model they are to their child, just by having fun with the music themselves!

How does the mixed age format work in class?

The curriculum is designed to teach on many levels of complexity at once, which allows children to develop at their own rate. The activities are parent-child oriented, not child-child, so children don’t need to be with children of the same age. Mixed age groupings encourage a better learning environment.
Older children learn from being in a leadership role, and younger children benefit from the example of an older child. Mixed-age classrooms also promote social skills and self esteem.

Do infants really benefit?

Yes, we believe they do. Infants’ participation will seem passive at first, as they actively absorb what they are seeing, hearing and feeling. Parents will learn in class to recognize their infant’s musical responses and observe them reaching musical milestones as they develop. As a result, a special musical bond will develop between parent and child.