The Foundation helped the Library pilot a new program for Every Childhood Matters families with children age birth to 5 years old called Music Together. Developed in 1987, Music Together is designed to support children in achieving basic music competence—the ability to “speak” the language of music. The Music Together (www.musictogether.com) philosophy encourages learning through four guiding principles:
1. All children are musical.
2. All children can achieve basic music competence—the ability to sing in tune and move with accurate rhythm.
3. The participation and modeling of parents and caregivers—regardless of their musical ability—are essential to a child’s musical growth.
4. Young children’s musical growth occurs best in a playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate setting.
TCU’s School of Music Education provides Coordinator Janis Janes, curriculum, a songbook and CD to families. Music Together aims to guide parents to help their children develop pre-literacy skills like language development, social and emotional development, cognition, and physical and motor development.