Bring Music Together to Your Head Start and
Early Head Start Programs
The research-based Music Together curriculum has been implemented in Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms throughout the country with ease and success. Music Together’s deep knowledge of child development, emphasis on parental involvement, and program adaptability have led to many long-term relationships with Head Start and Early Head Start program partners.
Watch the video below about Music Together in Elkhart County, IN.
Rooted in Research
The Music Together program model is rooted in developmentally appropriate practice and research in early childhood and music development. The curriculum was created incorporating best practices in both disciplines to be inclusive of the learning styles of all young children, including those with special needs. Over the years, new applications of Music Together have been developed, including work done by our on-staff board-certified music therapist. In addition, the efficacy of the program continues to be tested by numerous studies conducted by independent researchers.
Most recently, a study conducted in Head Start classrooms in Bridgeport, CT, demonstrated the value of the Music Together program to improving children’s outcomes. Children whose classrooms utilized the Music Together curriculum showed higher gains in language, cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development when compared to a control group.
Read more about the results of the Bridgeport, CT, study
The Importance of Family Involvement
Family involvement is the hallmark of the Music Together program and is interwoven into both parent-child classes and into the curriculum used in school settings. Each participating child receives a CD set and songbook to bring home and share with their parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members. These provide an excellent opportunity for increased family interaction and allow parents to create strong, positive bonds with their children through music-making. Parents also receive educational materials created especially for them, which help increase their knowledge of their children’s developmental needs. Parents of children enrolled in Head Start classrooms using Music Together are also invited to participate in class whenever possible. Plus, family music events are held every semester, which are fun, accessible avenues for parent-child interaction.
The Music Together program is a flexible model that can be adapted to meet the needs of your individual community. Our Outreach Coordinator and other members of the Music Together staff will work with your team to determine how Music Together can help you meet your goals.
Music Together can be an integral element of professional development efforts and an enjoyable tool for educators and service providers to create and enhance quality relationships with children and families. Music Together Specialists may hold in-service trainings for all interested staff, or individuals may take part in partial or full program trainings.
If you’d like to learn more about how Music Together can be implemented into your Head Start program, please contact us. We would love to speak with you!
Carole Moore, Director of In-School Services
(800) 728-2692 x334
Devi Borton, Outreach Coordinator
(800) 728-2692 x337