What is Music Together®?

 

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Music Together® is an international early childhood music and movement program for families with children from birth through age 5. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

Join our Music Together® class, for a few semesters or up to three years. Our Music Together teachers are not only trained by Music Together International, but also highly skilled musicians with multiple degrees and certificates. Their passion is to share their knowledge of music in a fun and accessible way for everyone.

Music Together® believes that:

  • All Children are musical.
  • All children can achieve Basic Music Competence; that is, they can learn to sing in tune and move with accurate rhythm.
  • The participation and modeling of parents and other primary caregivers are essential to a child’s musical growth.
  • The growth is best achieved in a playful, musically rich, and non-performance-oriented learning environment.


A Music Together family class
is a 45-min weekly class for children and their caregivers set in a family-like setting. Through the 12-14 music, movement and developmental activities, both the children and adults can immerse themselves in a fun and engaging musically rich environment designed to develop basic musical competency.

Tuition & Policy:

  • $185 per child
  • $135 for sibling of first registered child
  • Siblings under 6 months may attend class with their enrolled sibling without additional tuition fee

Tuition includes a take-home CD, songbook with activity suggestions for the home, a Parent Guide booklet, Growth Chart to help you monitor your child’s musical growth, and access to online Family Music Zone to download songs.

Full tuition refund is given if withdrawn 7 days prior to the first day of semester.

If withdrawn between 7 days before the first day of semester and the first day of semester,  a full tuition credit towards a future Music Together® class at Kristina Lee Music LLC will be given.

If a class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment or other center-related reasons, you will receive a full refund including the registration fee.

We do not prorate for late registrations.

If you are unable to attend a class session, a makeup credit will be given to attend another class in the same semester or attend the 9th week makeup class. Up to two makeup classes are allowed each semester.

We may document and share the musical journey of our families using photographs and video recordings taken during class sessions on our website and social media. By registering with us, you acknowledge that we hold the rights to images taken during the class sessions. If you would prefer to opt-out, please let us know.

We invite you to experience a Music Together family class first hand. Sign-up to attend a free class.

*Interested in learning a little more about Music Together? 

Music Together was founded in 1987 by Kenneth K. Guilmartin in Princeton, New Jersey. In the 1980s, Ken was a working theatre composer and music educator who was drawn to the field of early childhood music education while working as an associate editor for his uncle’s music publishing business, Birch Tree Group. During this time, Ken observed that the music experiences of the children he knew and taught were usually limited to passive music listening; these children were growing up with little or no opportunity for live and playful music making. Subsequently, many sustained a delay in the development of their basic music skills, arriving at elementary school unable to sing in tune or move in a rhythmically accurate way.

Searching for a way to counteract this trend, Ken had the insight to apply what he learned from early childhood education experts to music education for the very young. In 1985, he founded the Center for Music and Young Children (CMYC) to conduct the early childhood music development research which later spawned the Music Together program. Interestingly, this research was funded by the Birch Tree Group using the royalties from the “Happy Birthday” song.

While attending a 1986 Edwin Gordon seminar on music learning in children, Ken met Lili Levinowitz, Ph.D., then director of the Children’s Music Development Program at Temple University and an experienced researcher. Lili was a like-minded advocate for non-formal music experiences for the very young, and soon the two began to develop the unique, musically-rich curriculum that would become known as Music Together.

The first Music Together classes were offered to the public in 1987. Since then, Ken and Lili have researched and developed nine Music Together parent-child song collections, as well as added class types such as Babies, Music Together In-school and Music Together Big Kids. Both coauthors continue to teach Music Together classes, and they remain actively involved in training others to do this important and delightful work.

The Music Together program is offered in over 2,500 communities in over 40 countries worldwide. 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.