Positive Outcomes for Children, Families, and Communities
Bridging the Achievement Gap: Total Learning Initiative, Bridgeport, Connecticut, & Music for the Very Young, Trenton, New Jersey
— Music Together preschool classes have been an integral part of two large-scale, federally- and state-funded projects designed to bridge the learning gap for low-income, minority children in preschool classrooms in these two large cities. In both studies, music was shown to be a powerful learning tool supporting children’s school-readiness skills.
Click here to read more about the positive outcomes of these two studies.
Helping Prevent Neglect and Abuse: Self Help, Inc.'s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program (CFCE), Massachusetts
This state program helps families challenged by neglect, abuse, and out-of-home placement, providing the support and tools these high-risk families need to become safe, healthy, and stable. Through Music Together activities, families interact and bond in a relaxed, joyful atmosphere, empowering and motivating parents as they witness their child's musical growth and overall development.
Fun Learning for Families with Special Needs: Kinderfrogs, Texas
The Kinderfrogs School at Texas Christian University is an early-intervention educational program for developmentally delayed children 18 months–6 years old. Music Together was used in the core curriculum and parents made music with their children weekly. The Music Together classes were a break from therapy—though not from learning—offering a stress-free time to relax, have some fun together, and increase parent-child bonding.
Promoting Healthy Physical Activity: Sandoval County Community Health, New Mexico
Families in these WIC classes (women, infants, and children at nutritional risk) jumped, wiggled, hopped, and bopped to the beat of Music Together songs. Weekly classes and use of the recordings and songbooks at home gave families lots of physical activity—plus the added benefits of children's music and other developmental growth.
Enhancing Family Engagement, Parent-Child Interactions, and Child Development: Goshen Music Together, Indiana
In recognition of Music Together’s ability, from birth, to support parent-child engagement and foster positive parent-child interactions essential to a baby’s healthy development, the (HEA) and the Goshen College Music Center have been offering free Music Together classes to every baby born in Elkhart County since April 2013. Goshen College Music Center has also offered Music Together in Head Start programs and with teen parents and their children.
Watch this video to learn more about Music Together in Goshen, Indiana