The Foundation helped the Library pilot a new program for Early 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.
The Music Together® curriculum is an ten-week series that provides a learning environment based on the understanding that children learn through play and that early experiences and social interactions play an important integral role in a child’s development.
Parents and children participate in music, active modeling and movement activities. The class also promotes parenting skills and build knowledge of children’s developmental needs.