Music Together® FAQs

How is Music Together® different from other early childhood music programs?

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987 and now serving over 2,000 communities worldwide, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

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    • It is designed as a “mixed-age” class. Younger children learn from older children, and siblings can learn together!
    • Classes include parent education. Parents are essential to a successful Music Together class; there parent education moments put into each lesson plan to you learn how your child is acquiring musical ability and what you can do to help. No previous musical experience necessary!
    • MT teachers have successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey.”
    • The accompanying recordings are professionally produced using highly skilled musicians and singers. The repertoire is music from all over the world; not your typical “kid” CD.

What will my child get out of a Music Together Class at Evergreen Academy?

While we look like we’re having a great time (and we are!) there is also a great deal of learning taking place. Each individual class has activities designed to engage all learning styles and ages, and the program as a whole helps children achieve “basic tonal competency”, or the ability to sing in tune and play an accurate beat.

How can I encourage my child’s participation?

HAVE FUN! It may take some conscious loosening up to feel comfortable, but it is crucial that parents understand it’s really them teaching their child, not the MT instructor.

Why isn’t my child participating in class the way she does at home?

I’ve been asked this question by many parents; class is a very stimulating environment where children often simply absorb what is happening, especially in the beginning of the semester. As long as you as a parent are engaged, your child is getting the most out of class

Is it OK if my child gets up and walks around during class?

Music Together classes encourage children to participate without direct instruction, so if children need to take a mental “break” during class, it is fine. It is necessary however for parents to monitor their children and prevent disruptive or unsafe behavior such as running around or throwing instruments.

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