Our mission is to make the world a better place...by making it more musical.
To do this, we bring the highest quality music and movement experiences to children everywhere-
and we involve the adults who love them in the magical process of development that only music can provide.
Did you know that all children are musical?
Have you noticed how attentive your child is when you sing to him/her or when there's music playing? Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own perceived musical ability? Find out how important--and how fun--making music with your child can be! Music Together classes build on your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement. Our educationally-based classes help nurture your child's musical, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. Music Together's participatory approach fosters brain growth, as opposed to your child passively listening to musical performances which can be enjoyable, but foster relatively little brain growth. Our classes provide your child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and social musical activities, and to study an instrument should he or she choose to do so at an appropriate age. Our approach is based on the recognition that all children are musical and can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of their culture. By engaging in actual music experiences rather than learning about musical concepts, Music Together introduces children to the pleasures of making music instead of passively receiving it from CDs or TV. Singing and dancing as a regular human activity is becoming a lost art in the age of screens! Children learn best from the powerful role model of parents/caregivers who are actively making music. Apple Country Music Together brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and by facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home within the context of daily life.
How do children develop musically?
Music is a powerful force in early childhood and also in all phases of life. Young children are highly attuned to the sounds around them. Hearing begins in utero at the fourth month, and most children hear and recognize their parents' voices by the time they are born. In a recent study, infants were able to pick out minute changes in melodies at the age of one to two months! While six-month olds may not be ready for math, they are acutely attentive to and responsive to musical sounds and rhythms. Infants coo, gurgle, and flex their torsos in response to music. Toddlers shake rattles, bounce to the beat, and sing occasional notes. Three-year-olds often have favorite songs and instruments to play and can "lose themselves" in music. Four-year-olds and older children like to have an effect on the activity, such as creating new ways to move with the music, or inventing new words to songs. They may play teacher and lead the family (or their stuffed animals ) in their favorite musical activities at home. Children learn through play and experimentation, and by mirroring their primary caregivers. Music Together classes build on your child's natural enthusiasm for music, movement and experimentation with classes that include playful, age-appropriate musical activities as well as engaging the parents & caregivers in the entire experience. Music Together classes will help your child learn music, and learn how to learn.
Where did Music Together begin?
Music Together began in 1987 as an educational project of the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey, and now is taught world wide. The approach pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. Music Together classes develop every child's birthright of basic music competence by encouraging actual experiences rather than teaching musical concepts and information. Music Together is also committed to exploring on-going research in the field of music and young children and is constantly training its teachers and directors and exposing them to new discoveries in this field. Teachers train three times per year minimum, and are also supplied with constant online support and printed support materials to improve their teaching methods.
What about different learning styles?
Children learn in many different ways. Some are visual and/or auditory learners, and learn through observation. They may prefer to listen and watch, which is an excellent way for them to absorb what is happening around them in class. Young children typically do not "multi-task", in other words, they will not sing and listen to you and I sing at the same time. They are usually either "doing" or "absorbing and learning". Some children are kinetic learners and need to move around during class. This also absolutely fine, as long as it is not disruptive or unsafe (please shadow your child if you feel it is necessary). If they are forced to sit still during class when they prefer to move, they may not be able to pay attention to what is happening in class, so please allow them to move, as long as it is safe and not disruptive. Most children use a combination of learning styles at different times in their lives. As long as you are having a good time, your child will learn just by being in class and witnessing your enthusiastic participation. Our experience bears out the truth that parents who participate enthusiastically have children who also participate enthusiastically within their own learning style. Children quite often sing, dance and play at home and prefer just to absorb while in class. Our classes offer a smorgasbord of musical experiences, which your child will want to sample as much as possible while in class. They will then go home and "replay" the class again, this time singing or trying out some of the movements we did in class. Remember, the more YOU participate in class, the sooner your child will begin to participate in music.