Music Together® in the News

Featured Story: New York Times Interview with Music Together Worldwide CEO, Susan Darrow

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Want Your Kid to Learn Something New? Sign Yourself Up, Too. | April 20, 2021

Bestselling author Tom Vanderbilt interviewed Music Together Worldwide CEO, Susan Darrow, for his New York Times Parenting article exploring the benefits of learning new things alongside your children. Since Music Together is based on the idea that parents are their children's most important teachers, Susan's insights served to illustrate key points in the article.

The New York Times: "One of the roles that new parents soon find themselves in - even as they are still learning how to be a parent - is that of teacher."

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Sara Nelms Layman, Center Director of Singing with Sara, featured on Suncoast View | September 16, 2022

Sara Nelms Layman, Center Director of Singing with Sara, appeared on Suncoast View, where she spoke about her center and even provided a little music-making demo! She described her classes as an opportunity for family and caregivers to spend time with their littles, and a place where "it's all about showing your kids how much you love music." Sounds wonderful!

Rowena Morgan, Center Director of Music Together Tri-Valley, featured in Fabulous California | August 16, 2022

Rowena Morgan, Center Director of Music Together Tri-Valley, shared her teaching story with Fabulous California magazine for their "Fab Teachers" section. Rowena made it clear her inspiration comes from facilitating musical parent-child interactions in class, and notes that it's the parents who need to leave their inhibitions at the door! As she put it so wonderfully, "[M]usic is for everyone. It's a basic life skill."

Cheryl Sabo, Center Director of Music Together Vivo, featured on New Mommy Media podcast | August 4, 2022

Cheryl Sabo, Center Director of Music Together Vivo, provided her expertise as a mom, musician, and music educator on New Mommy Media's "Newbies" podcast! She spoke to the many benefits of incorporating music into your child's routine, such as helping them lower stress, self-soothe, and understand the language of music. She also divulges the REAL secret behind Music Together classes: It's just as fun for parents as it is for their littles!

Colleen Lilley, Center Director of Music & Me, interviewed by VoyageTampa | August 2, 2022

Colleen Lilley, Center Director of Music & Me, spoke to VoyageTampa magazine for their "Community Highlights" section. Colleen traced the path of her career from opera singer to business owner, her commitment to providing the highest quality music education to her community, and spreading the joy of music to the families in her Music Together classes!

Robin Robinson, Center Director of Robinsongs For Kids, interviewed on WEMU radio | July 5, 2022

Deb Polich, President and CEO of Creative Washtenaw, interviewed Robin Robinson, Center Director of Robinsongs For Kids, for WEMU radio's creative:impact series. Robin discussed her work in theater, singing/songwriting, and her perfectly-named center! Above all, she made one thing clear: Everyone is musical!

E-J Walker, Center Director of TipToe Music, included in mommy-and-me roundup by Look Local Magazine | June 26, 2022

When Look Local Magazine wanted to give new moms a roundup of activities in the Halton, Ontario area, they were sure to include E-J Walker, Center Director of TipToe Music. In fact, they put her Music Together center at the top of the list!

Rebecca Paterson, Center Director of Family Rhythms, featured with her family in Felida Fine Living Magazine | June 2, 2022

Felida Fine Living Magazine featured Rebecca Paterson, Center Director of Family Rhythms, and her family for their "Meet Your Neighbors" segment. This family of seven (and one doggo!) has a wide range of interests and pursuits, although they are all keen on outdoor adventures. Rebecca uses her experience as a mom of five to help inform her Music Together business, where she is "passionate about parent education, creating meaningful experiences for families, and building community bonds through music."

Genevieve Schmidt, Center Director of Merry Musicians, featured in Lake Hopatcong News | May 30, 2022

Genevieve Schmidt, Center Director of Merry Musicians, had her business featured in Lake Hopatcong News! Genevieve explains how Music Together extends beyond class, giving families options for enjoying the music both at home and on the go. The classes themselves are also family affairs, accommodating older and younger siblings as well as mutiple generations!

Ruth Mirabella, Center Director of Melody and Motion, interviewed by North Morris Moms Network | March 14, 2022

Ruth Mirabella, Center Director of Melody and Motion, interviewed with the North Morris Moms Network! In the article, Ruth discusses her journey to finding her passion for teaching. She also reveals that she is a tea sipologist, and runs an after school drama program. That's one busy mom!

Summer Rognlie Trisler, Center Director of Sunshine Music Together, has new location highlighted in Queen Anne & Magnolia News | March 2, 2022

Queen Anne & Magnolia News follows Summer Rognlie Trisler, Center Director of Sunshine Music Together, through her journey from Broadway to small business owner. Of her new location, Summer says, "I love the new studio because it is a beautiful, light-filled space that allows our families to come together to make music and memories free from the worry of being too close to the other students."

Rebbecca Oppedisano, Center Director of Bluebird Music Together, featured in Jewish Observer | March 1, 2022

The Jewish Observer featured Rebbecca Oppedisano, Center Director of Bluebird Music Together, in the local business section of their March issue. The article traces Rebbecca's Music Together journey from a part-time teacher to a business owner with multiple locations, and highlights her commitment to the arts and her community!

Chima Enwere, Center Director of Music Together of Fayetteville, honored by the Taco Bell Foundation | February 1, 2022

The Taco Bell Foundation awarded Chima Enwere, Center Director of Music Together of Fayetteville, with their Live Más Scholarship during his undergraduate career. The scholarshp not only provided financial assistance, but the encouragement needed to achieve long-term success!

Kendra Cogert, Center Director of Music Together at the Beach, appears on MoMM@Home | December 16, 2021

The Museum of Making Music invited Kendra Cogert, Director of Music Together at the Beach, to appear on their last episode of MoMM@Home for 2021. Kendra spoke in depth about Music Together, children, and the unique musical interactions parents and caregivers have with their little ones, both during class and at home. As she put it so well, "Just play with music, and see what happens!"

Music Together with Aunty Belle featured in local Netherlands newspaper | September 9, 2021

A great start for Belmar (Belle) Rodriguez, Center Director at Music Together with Aunty Belle, by way of a feature in a local paper, when she opened her location in the Netherlands!

South Coast Music Together featured in Stu News Newport | September 08, 2021

Center Director Judy Woodson of South Coast Music Together gave this wonderful interview about the importance of music, how Music Together works, and an unexpectedly musical outcome to being called for jury duty!

Pyper Von Normann, Director of Yellow House Music Together, featured on 23ABC News in Bakersfield, California | July 17, 2021

23ABC's Kallyn Hobmann interviewed Pyper Von Normann, the woman behind Yellow House Music Together. Pyper is dedicated to introducing young children to music and movement, and providing some much-needed socialization for kiddos and caregivers alike!

Valerie Kocel, Director of Tiny Treble Makers, featured on Positively Central Texas | June 23, 2021

"Our whole goal is to teach the parents, teach the families to make music and then bring it home and make music at home," said Valerie Kocel, Director of Tiny Treble Makers, who offers Music Together classes. Valerie encourages everyone to participate, regardless of musical ability, giving parents and caregivers a unique opportunity to deepen the bond with their little ones.

Leslie Pratt, Director of Soulshine Arts, featured in The Newtown Bee | April 28, 2021

The Newtown Bee featured Center Director Leslie Pratt, of Soulshine Arts in Woodbury, CT, in a lovely article. Leslie and her families are super-excited to be back together in person in her beautiful new studio, which boasts tons of windows and 20-foot ceilings!

Erin Flory Robertson, Director of Riverside Music Together, featured on Good Day Kansas | April 22, 2021

Good Day Kansas put the spotlight on Erin Flory Robertson, Director of Riverside Music Together. Erin reminded viewers that children are never too young to be involved in music, which gives them a chance to explore and play while supporting their overall development!

NYT Interview with Music Together Worldwide CEO, Susan Darrow | April 21, 2021

Bestselling author Tom Vanderbilt interviewed Music Together Worldwide CEO, Susan Darrow, for his New York Times Parenting article exploring the benefits of learning new things alongside your children. Since Music Together is based on the idea that parents are their children's most important teachers, Susan's insights served to illustrate key points in the article.

Julie Capuano, Director of Music Together of Monroe/Newtown, featured on News 12 Connecticut | April 13, 2021

News 12 Connecticut featured Julie Capuano, Director of Music Together of Monroe/Newtown! While her classes are perfect for small children, Julie explains, "[Parents] really needed just to talk, connect, and know they weren't alone."

Santa Rosa Area Music Together featured in The Press Democrat | April 3, 2021

"With a 20-year-old business that features the word "together" as part of its name, Ginger Parish [Center Director, Santa Rosa Area Music Together] had to adapt—and quickly—when the coronavirus pandemic arrived last March."

Jared Hall, Center Director of Music Together Coastal Voices and Grooves, featured in Savannah Now | March 31, 2021

Jared Hall, Center Director of Music Together Coastal Voices and Grooves, shared his thoughts on bringing music to his community through performance and education, and why it means so much to him, with Savannah Now.

Music Together of Portland in PDX Parent | March 30, 2021

Music Together of Portland partnered with PDX Parent to bring readers this wonderful article about the benefits of music at home, and how virtual music classes can provide that much-needed connection for every member of the family!

Alley Bell Music featured on Kizzie Jones Blog | March 13, 2021

Children's author Kizzie Jones featured Alley Bell Music on her blog, where she noted the unexpected silver lining of connecting virtually from anywhere in the world to enjoy Music Together classes...together!

Music Together with Miss Amy featured in Oswego County News Now | March 2, 2021

Music Together with Miss Amy celebrated their launch with this press release in Oswego County News Now! Center Director Amy Nehlsen noted: "We give the tools and resources parents need with take-home materials to continue music-making at home so they can nurture their child's musical growth with the benefits of music all the time, anytime."

Amber Nichols writes for InterACT Magazine | March 1, 2021

Amber Nichols, Center Director of tuneBugz!, wrote about the importance of introducing music early, and how parents and caregivers can create a musical home, for InterACT Magazine!

Stacey Pavesi Debré, Center Director at Bébé Music Box, chronicles her career makeover for Inspirelle | December 2, 2020

Stacey Pavesi Debré, Center Director at Bébé Music Box, gives Inspirelle this inside look at how she made her "what if" moment a musical reality!

Alley Bell Music featured in Edmonds News | November 4, 2020

Sarah Richàrd, Center Director of Alley Bell Music. explained how she was able to keep the music going during the pandemic in this article from Edmonds News!

Susan Darrow interviewed on Talking Choral Music | October 29, 2020

Music Together CEO Susan Darrow spoke with Andrea Goodman of Talking Choral Music about what makes Music Together so good at instilling a lifelong love of music!

Brenna Wells interviewed in Seraphic Fire Magazine | October 21, 2020

Brenna Wells, Center Director at Little Sprouts Music Together, spoke with Seraphic Fire Magazine about singing, adaptability, and owning a small business during unexpectedly challenging times.

Jodi Howard, Director of Music Together of the Northern Lights on Global News at 6 Edmonton | May 26, 2020

Jodi Howard, Director of Music Together of the Northern Lights, spoke to Global News at 6 Edmonton about the art and joy of family music-making, even when family members can't be with each other in person.