Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program. Children and grownups joyfully share songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play in a relaxed, fun, non-performance-oriented setting. A pioneer in early childhood music and movement education, Music Together offers classes for children from birth through kindergarten, in which parents and caregivers actively participate in the enrichment of their children’s music environment, regardless of their own musical abilities.
Music Together teachers now serve more than 2,000 communities in the United States, Canada, and 25 other countries around the world. Through its parent-child, preschool, and outreach programs, both at home and abroad, Music Together is dedicated to offering the benefits and joys of music making to as many families as possible.
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.
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.
Music Together offers three distinct types of classes to enrich your childrens’ lives, no matter their ages:
- For children 8 months and younger, our Babies Class is a one-semester introduction to Music Together, giving them early exposure to the benefits of music and movement.
- Children ages 5 to 7 will enjoy our Big Kids program, which helps children take the next step in music development by blending together elements of Music Together that children and parents love with new activities, skills, and challenges that are developmentally appropriate for this older age group.
- The Family Classes are mixed in ages, from birth through age 4, and allow children and parents to come together in musically fun and innovative ways.
- For children over the age of seven, The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio builds on the music education learned in Music Together classes by offering the highest quality of choral education and performance opportunities for children up to age 22.
A typical Music Together class includes…
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.
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.
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.