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The Music Together curriculum was developed based on research about both how young children learn and about how they develop musically. Coauthors Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D., were influenced by many of the top researchers in these fields. We’ve compiled a list of online and off-line resources for parents who are interested in learning more about their children’s development.

Deeper Learning Resources (Index):

 Read more about ongoing development and research projects.

Early Childhood Development/Education

 Dr. Lilian Katz

 Dr. Howard Gardner

 Other Resources

 Books

Children's Music Development

 Music Together Publications

 Dr. Edwin Gordon

 Other Resources

 Further Recommended Reading

Resources for Families with Children with Special Needs

 Books

 Support and Advocacy Groups

 Organizations

 Websites

Early Childhood Development/Education
 

Dr. Lillian Katz
A professor at the University of Illinois for nearly three decades, Dr. Lillian Katz deeply influenced the understanding of the best ways to teach young children and affected best practices for early childhood education.

Websites:

illinoisearlylearning.org/ask-dr-katz.htm#bio
The website of the Illinois Early Learning Project, featuring an “Ask Dr. Katz” page.

ceep.crc.uiuc.edu/pubs/katzsym/intro.pdf
Introductory material prepared for a symposium honoring Dr. Katz, this document gives an overview of her career, research, and its influences on early childhood education.

Selected Publications:

Katz, L. & Hoffman, M. E. (1985). “Recent research on young children: Implications
for teaching and development implications for music education.” In Boswell, J., & Music Educators National Conference, R. A. (Eds) The Young Child and Music: Contemporary Principles in Child Development and Music Education. Proceedings of the Music in Early Childhood Conference (Provo, Utah, June 28-30, 1984).

This book is likely out-of-print, however it may be available via a library. The book comprises the proceedings of the presentations that were made at the 1984 Music in Early Childhood Conference. This conference was one of the foundational conferences during the "renaissance" of early childhood music education. The Katz and Hoffman piece had a major influence on Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Lili M. Levinowitz at the genesis of Music Together; the article affirmed their belief in the importance of parental involvement and modeling in early childhood music education.

Katz, L. G. (1990). The case for mixed-age grouping in early education. National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1834 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC .

Available on ERIC for free: www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED326302.pdf

These chapters provide an overview of Dr. Katz’s research regarding the benefits of multi-age classrooms for young children.

Katz, L. G., & Chard, S. C. (2000). Engaging children's minds: The project approach. Greenwood Publishing Group.
 
 

Dr. Howard Gardner
Learn more about Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory and how it has been applied in early childhood classrooms—including ours!

Website:

www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=19

Selected Publications:

Gardner, Howard. (1993.) Multiple Intelligences. New York: Basic Books.
 

Other Resources

National Association for the Education of Young Children
A professional organization for early childhood educators, the section of their website "for families" provides information on a wide range of topics covering early childhood development and education, and how parents and family members can support each child’ growth at home.
families.naeyc.org

Zero to Three
Focusing on the importance of the first three years of a child’s life, this non-profit organization provides both professionals and families with important information related to infant and toddler care, education, and development. Their “Q & A” and “Tips and Tools” sections, short articles, podcasts, and other accessible information covers topics such as Brain Development, School Readiness, Challenging Behavior, Child Care, Play, and everything in between.
www.zerotothree.org

Early Head Start National Resource Center
Has a “News You Can Use” section on their website with accessible articles on a wide range of topics of interest to all types of families, along with practical tips and activities that can be done at home to promote children’s learning and development.
www.ehsnrc.org/Publications/newsyoucanuse.htm
 

Books

  • Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
    Explores how many conventional child-rearing strategies and assumptions are “backfiring” because people lack an understanding of important findings in the fields of social science and child development, many of which might be counterintuitive.
     
  • Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ellen Galinsky
    Grounded in childhood brain development research, this book covers the important skills that every child needs most in order to tackle obstacles and to reach his full potential. These are skills that need to be fostered, and that integrate both the cognitive and the socio-emotional. This book is a great introduction to the concept of “executive functions.”
     
  • From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development, Jack P. Shonkoff and Deborah A. Phillips
    Uses research and science to comment on ‘nature versus nurture’, specifically addressing how and why children’s early relationships, family and child care environments, and the larger community significantly shape brain development and influence important child outcomes.
     
  • Parenting from the Inside Out, Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
    Explores how one’s own childhood experiences shape how he or she parents and how important the parent-child relationship is to a child’s brain development.
     
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
    Gives age-appropriate strategies for fostering your child’s brain development, and emotional and intellectual development.
     

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Children’s Music Development
 

Music Together Publications

Music and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
An in-depth exploration of your child’s musical development, written by Music Together® coauthors Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz.

 Purchase from Music Together’s online store

Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically 
(booklet and DVD)

Given to every new family when they enroll in Music Together, the Parent Guide DVD provides an overview of the research basis of the Music Together program. The DVD features program founders Ken Guilmartin and Dr. Lili Levinowitz discussing the four points of the Music Together philosophy.

 Ask your director for a replacement if you need one.

Growing and Learning with Music Together Chart
Given to every new family during their first semester of Music Together, this chart provides insight into your child’s musical development over time.

 Ask your director for a replacement if you need one.

Music Together newsletter articles
The Music Together newsletter, PlayAlong, featured articles on children’s music development. 

 Visit our Newsletter Archives page to read past issues. 

 “The Importance of Music in Early Childhood”
 
 by Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz

 Read this article.

“Early Childhood Music Education in the New Millennium”
 
by Kenneth K. Guilmartin

 Read this article.

“Music Together as a Research-based Program”
 by Susan Hoffman

 Read this article.
 

Dr. Edwin Gordon
Music Together® coauthor Dr. Lili Levinowitz was one of Dr. Gordon’s graduate students at Temple University in the 1980s. His Music Learning Theory influenced her and Ken as they developed the Music Together program.

Website:
 
http://giml.org/gordon

 
Selected Publications

Gordon, E. (1997). A music learning theory for newborn and young children. Chicago: GIA Publciations, Inc.
 
 

Other Resources

Children’s Music Network
The Children’s Music Network is an organization of educators, performers, and parents that celebrates children’s music.

 Visit their website: www.cmnonline.org/

Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA)
Promotes developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood music and movement education.

 Visit their website: www.ecmma.org
 

Further Recommended Reading

  • The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body by Steven Mithen
    Drawing on archaeological record and current research on neurology and genetics, archeologist Dr. Steven Mithen explains how and why humans think, talk, and make music the way they do.

  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
    Renowned neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks examines the power of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people. Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks explores why.

  • This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin
    Prior to completing his doctorate and becoming a top researcher into how our brains interpret music, Levitin was a successful rock musician and producer! Using neurology, psychology, and music theory, Dr. Daniel Levitin explores why music affects us so deeply.

  • Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost Story of Our Ancestors by Nicolas Wade
    Beginning with our common ancestors who lived millions of years ago, Wade explores the latest theories about the development of our species and why we homo sapiens evolved differently from our primate cousins, chimpanzees and bonobos. In the book, the author also speculates about how the importance of music in early religious/social situations may have affected natural selection and, thus, the development of the species. 

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Resources for Families with Children with Special Needs
 

Books

  • Biel, Lindsey, and Nancy Peske. Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Integration Issues. New York: Penguin, 2005.
    This book was written by an occupational therapist and a mother of a child with a sensory processing disorder. It gives real life examples and strategies for coping. 

  • Brodey, Denise. The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs. New York: Penguin, 2007.
    The title says it all!

  • Gallagher, Gina, and Patricia Konjoian. Shut Up About...Your Perfect Kid. City Unknown: Shut Up Industries. 2007.
    Written by mothers of children with special needs.

  • Heller, Sharon. Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight. New York: Harper Collins, 2003.
    What to do if you are sensory defensive in an overstimulating world.

  • Kranowitz, Carol Stock, and Lynn Balzer-Martin, Deanna Iris Sava, Elizabeth Haber, and Stacey Szklut. Answers to Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration. Second Edition. Richmond: Sensory Resources, LLC, 2004.
    Written by the leading experts on Sensory Integration. Practical suggestions for classroom teachers that may help Music Together teachers.

  • Kranowitz, Carol Stock, and Lucy Jane Miller. The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, Revised Edition. New York: Penguin, 2005.
    Considered the book of choice by those who know and love children with sensory processing disorder.

  • Kranowitz, Carol Stock. The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders. New York: Penguin.2003.
    A helpful companion to the books listed above. Gives practical tips that may help Music Together teachers in lesson planning.

  • Meisenbach Boylan, Kristi. Born to be Wild: Freeing the Spirit of the Hyper-Active Child. New York: Perigee. 2003
    A book devoted to advocating embracing the hyper aspects of your kid as a gift, not a problem.
     

Support and Advocacy Groups

Attention Deficit Disorder Association: www.add.org
Information on ADD and ADH, research, advocacy, and family services.

Autism Speaks: www.autismspeaks.org
Full of information on autism, research, advocacy, and family services.

International Rett Syndrome Foundation: www.rettsyndrome.org
Information on Rett Syndrome, awareness, and advocacy

National Down Syndrome Society: www.ndss.org
Leader in enhancing the quality of life and realizing the potential of all people with Down syndrome.

Neurospychology Central: www.neuropsychologycentral.com
Information and frequently asked questions about the role of neuropsychologists in evaluating children with apparent special needs.

Sensory Processing Disorders Foundation: www.spdfoundation.net
Expanding knowledge, fostering awareness, and promoting recognition of Sensory Processing Disorder.

Sensory Processing Disorder Resource Center:
www.sensory-processing-disorder.com
A good beginning resource for people interested in learning more about sensory processing disorders.

Special Needs Resource Project: www.snrproject.com
A basic guide for parents of children with chronic health issues, disabilities, and special needs.

United Cerebral Palsy: www.ucp.org
Information on cerebral palsy and a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability.
 

Organizations

American Music Therapy Association: www.musictherapy.org

American Physical Therapy Association: www.apta.org

American Occupational Therapy Association: www.aota.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: www.asha.org

The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders: www.icdl.com

United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dd

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (disability info on pervasive developmental disorders): www.nichcy.org/pubs/factshe/fs20txt.htm
 

Websites

Disability is Natural: www.disabilityisnatural.org

West Music: www.westmusic.com 
Instruments and props that make the music and movement experience accessible for people with disabilities.

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