Music Together® is an international early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 7 (age 5 for classes through First Notes Music). 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. Now serving more than 3,000 locations in over 40 countries, Music Together® connects families and communities across the globe as they express and explore the basic human instinct for making music.
About First Notes Music
First Notes Music was founded on the philosophy that all children are born with the aptitude for music. It is based on the recognition that, in a supportive environment from an early age, children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and confidently participate in the music of their culture, as well as make their own.
At the core of the Music Together approach is the idea that young children learn best from the powerful role models of parents and other caregivers who are actively making music. Our program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and then facilitating family participation in musical activity at home in daily life—which is so important to music development and early childhood learning. By emphasizing actual music-making experiences, we introduce children to the pleasures of producing music instead of passively consuming it from iTunes or TV. Face to face, heart to heart, voice to voice— we believe in engaging on multiple levels for a truly bonding and enriching experience.
First Notes Music is an accredited provider of the Music Together® curriculum. Founded in 2016 by Bethany Woelber, FNM is the first center of its kind in the Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station areas. Bethany is a passionate musician with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA, as well as a wife and the mommy of two young boys. She discovered Music Together® while searching for a musical mommy-and-me experience for her first child, and was so impressed with the foundational principles of the program and the engaging nature of the classes that she decided to go through the training to become a Registered Music Together® Teacher and open a new center. She is so excited to continue spreading the gift of music and introducing little ones to their first notes!
What is Music Together®?
Music Together® is a research based, developmentally appropriate music and movement program for children ages birth through five, and the adults who love them.
How does music learning support all learning?
Our research-based curriculum develops basic music skills such as singing in tune and moving with accurate rhythm. It nurtures creativity, self-expression, and conﬁdence and supports social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Because these beneﬁts build over time, children enjoy the fullest growth in each of these areas when they participate in Music Together classes as consistently as possible up through kindergarten. In fact, as more studies point to the beneﬁts of music learning for young children, more schools are offering the Music Together® Preschool program to complement and enhance their curriculum.
What types of activities will we do in class?
In class we sing, dance, chant and play along with instruments to a variety of musical styles, melodies and rhythms. You and your child will also participate and experience creative movement, improvisation, finger play and lap songs. Above all else, we have fun while creating a rich and lively musical community.
Is my child too young for music class?
All children are musical. The same way that a child has the innate ability to speak and understand his native language, children also have the ability to do the same with the language of music. Do you wait to talk to your child until you are sure that he/she can answer you back? Children talk when they are ready, because they have been immersed in a language from birth. They walk when they are ready because they have felt your movement while in yours arms. Giving a child this same kind of immersion in musical experiences will provide him/her with opportunities to not only learn to sing in tune and keep a steady beat, but to develop his/her own special way of expressing music through movement.
May I bring my 3-year-old as well as my 10-month old to the same class?
Not only may you, but we encourage it! Research shows that preschoolers learn best in a mixed-age environment. The little ones learn by watching and imitating the older children. The older children love being the “big kids” and showing the little ones how it is done. This family-style learning environment facilitates participation and involvement in the music for every child, at whatever developmental stage they may be.
What is my role in the class and why is it important for me to be there?
Because you are your child’s most important role model, he/she will learn best by watching you and listening to you. Therefore, your participation as a music-maker is vital to your child’s developing love of music.
I am tone deaf! Won’t I ruin my child musically if I sing to him?
No! We promise that you will not hurt your child’s musical prowess by singing to him, even if you are not always in tune. He/she will hear plenty of “in-tune” music through other mediums, but your voice and your presence are most precious to him/her. What you (and/or other primary caregivers) do, he/she wants to do, too. Although we, as teachers, are able to help your child learn skills, your child must gain the positive disposition toward active music making from you.
My child just sits there in class (or my child just wanders around in class). Is my child bored?
There are many different learning styles. Some children may be visual learners who need to watch before they experiment on their own. Others are aural learners who are listening, even when they are across the room. Kinesthetic learners need to move! Tell a kinesthetic learner that he can’t move and you are actually hurting his learning process. Therefore, a child’s learning in class happens in a multi-layered way – through active participation, watching others move, experimenting with instruments and even by just being there and listening to you sing. Instead of waiting for your child to do something in class, let yourself go and do it yourself. Then, watch and listen to him/her at home, and you will see and hear how much he/she is learning and absorbing in class!
What happens after we complete a semester?
There are nine song collections. A different song collection is used each semester, so when you register for your next semester, you can look forward to new songs and chants, taught with the same kinds of activities. Because your child will be at a different place developmentally, an activity will be exciting to him/her whether it is because of its familiarity or because he/she can grasp it in a new way.
What if I don’t start in the Fall? Will my child miss something?
Because the semesters are non-sequential and the activities are designed to be accessible to a child at his/her own developmental stage, a child can enter the Music Together program at the beginning of any semester, and at any age.