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Music Together's Ongoing Research and Development

As part of its ongoing research and development in early childhood music and the Music Together program operates a "lab" school serving the greater Princeton, New Jersey, area. Both Music Together and the Music Together Princeton Lab School are committed to helping families, caregivers, and early childhood professionals rediscover the pleasure and educational value of informal musical experiences. Rather than emphasizing traditional music performances, Music Together encourages family participation in spontaneous musical activity occurring within the context of daily life. Music Together recognizes that all children are musical and that every child needs a stimulating, supportive music environment to achieve basic competence in the wonderful human capacity for music making.

What does it mean when we say that Music Together is a "research-based" program? In addition to employing the research of others, we do three types of research on an ongoing basis: basic research, action research, and applied research.

Basic research is the stereotypical "hardcore" scientific method approach that attempts to collect and interpret data with more or less rigorous objectivity. Action research translates inquiries into actions in the real world which then generate more qualitative information, such as observing the rhythmic and tonal behaviors of children of various ages during a play-along experience. Applied research takes knowledge, often gained from basic and action research, and applies it in the field to see what really happens (e.g.: children learn through active music making, so what happens when these particular children experience those particular songs with this teacher in that environment, etc.).
All of these sources continually inform Music Together's creative work on program content, varied applications of the program, and teacher training.

Early Childhood Music Education in the New Millennium 
by Ken Guilmartin

The Importance of Music in Early Childhood by Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D.

Music Together as a Research-based Program by Susan Pudjak Hoffman

Research Findings on the Music Together Preschool Program Model
by Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D.

We welcome serious inquiries from researchers interested in studying the effects and applications of the Music Together program models (including, but not limited to, Music Together’s methods and materials). Please print and fill out the research inquiry form and fax it back to us at (609) 466-9123, or attach it in an email to

  Music Together Research Inquiry Form

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