Music Together is an innovative music and movement program for children ages newborn to age five and their parents or caregivers, that is based on the belief that all children are inherently musical. Originally 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. At Music Together, music is learned through developmentally appropriate activities that support and respect the learning styles of all participants. Everyone is encouraged to participate at their own developmental level.
Six to twelve children and their parents or caregivers meet for 45 minutes each week for ten weeks to experience original and familiar songs, rhythm rhymes, movement activities, and instrumental jam sessions. The music includes a variety of meters and tonalities. Both adults and children participate, led by a teacher with early childhood music skills. Educators have long considered mixed-age grouping to be beneficial for babies as well as older children. Our activities focus on adult-child interaction, so children of different ages (siblings for example) can enjoy classes together.
Ongoing research and development is the basis of the Music Together program, and continues today at the Princeton, NJ laboratory school. Founded in 1985, the Center for Music and Young Children© developed Music Together and is committed to helping families, caregivers, and early childhood professionals rediscover the pleasure and educational value of informal musical experiences. Rather than emphasizing traditional music performances, CMYC encourages family participation in spontaneous musical activity within the context of daily life. CMYC recognizes that every child needs a stimulating, supportive music environment to achieve basic music competence in the wonderful human capacity for music-making.