Have you ever wondered what you can do to
nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical
ability? At WEMS we are pleased to include Music Together® as a part
of every child's Montessori program. Music Together is a nationally
recognized, research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music
program that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.
Developed over 20 years ago as an educational project of the Center for Music
and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, the Music Together
approach seeks to help families rediscover the pleasure and educational value of
informal musical experiences within the context of daily life.
Originally designed as a music program for infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten children and their parents or other early childhood caregivers, Music Together has evolved to fit into a school setting as well. At WEMS, the Toddler and Early Childhood Programs will have a Music Together class once every week. Music for our Elementary Program is integrated into the Arts Curriculum with additional weekly rhythm and singing instruction from specialist Dr. David Eslick, as well as an opportunity to take guitar and piano lessons.
Miss Suzanne, lead teacher and Music Together-trained instructor, teaches Miss Kelley's class on Tuesdays, Miss Vickie and May's class Wednesdays, Miss Carrie and Amanda's class on Thursdays and the Afternoon Class which has additional study of the Montessori bells, rhythm patterns, musical instruments and classical compositions. The Toddler classes have music on Tuesday and Thursday taught by assistant teacher Ellen Depue, who is also a Music Together-trained instructor.
Classes enjoy songs and rhythm chants from a Music Together song collection. Activities include fun and interactive ways to focus on tonal and rhythmic elements of music, small and large movement, instrument play and improvisational opportunities. Because participation and modeling of parents and caregivers is essential to a child's musical growth and because musical growth is encouraged in a musically rich environment all classrooms will be provided with Music Together materials. For this same reason each WEMS family will be given two different Music Together collections each year. These materials include two professionally recorded CDs, a songbook with illustrations and activities, and a guide designed to help parents understand and enhance their child's music development. Music Together will help you discover new and fun-filled ways to experience the joy of moving and making music as a family.
Music Together art & logo design copyright 1992-2008 Music Together LLC. Music Together was developed by the center for Music and Young Children, Princeton NJ. Music Together, CMYC, and Center for Music and Young Children are registered trademarks.
For more Music Together locations: www.musictogether.com. 1-800-728-2692.