An Interdisciplinary Approach
As they began to develop the Music Together® program, coauthors Ken Guilmartin and Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz quickly realized that they would have to look past accepted music education practices to the field of early childhood development. After all, the best, most engaging song repertoire in the world would be useless if children couldn't actually receive and process musical information in developmentally appropriate ways.
So Ken and Lili turned to research in neuroscience and psychology in addition to early childhood learning theory. What they were searching for was insight about how children learn, how a child's brain processes and organizes music, and how developmentally appropriate learning can be supported. The end result of this research were four basic principles that are still the cornerstone of the Music Together philosophy today.
Music Together as a Research-based Program by Susan Pudjak Hoffman
Early Childhood Music Education in the New Millennium by Ken Guilmartin
The Importance of Music in Early Childhood by Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D.