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Making Music Together since 1987

In 1985, a composer and one-man research and development team named Kenneth K. Guilmartin founded the Center for Music and Young Children (CMYC). Realizing the importance of music in early childhood, his goal was to create a parent-child music and movement experience in which children learn through playful, developmentally appropriate activities supported by parent education and materials for use at home. Ken was also teaching music at his daughter Lauren's school, the parent-owned and -operated Montclair (NJ) Cooperative School. As both parent and faculty member, Ken was learning firsthand the benefits of parent involvement in their children's education.

While attending a seminar with Edwin Gordon in 1986, Ken met Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz, then one of Gordon's Ph.D. students at Temple University. Impressed by her innovative research on tonal and rhythm development in young children, he hired her to consult on his early childhood music experiments at the Coop School. Shortly thereafter they began to create the Music Together materials and classroom techniques first offered to the public in the fall of 1987, a collaboration that continues to this day. And now, Music Together has expanded all around the world to enhance the lives of millions of children—and the grownups who love them.

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