Who Are Music Together Center Directors?
The one thing all of our directors have in common is that they recognize the value of music in the lives of young children—and the importance of parent participation in the learning process. We attract people from all walks of life. Some are moms looking for a part-time pursuit doing something they love. Others are musicians, dancers, or actors who want to share their gifts with families. Many music therapists have found great value in the Music Together opportunity, both as a tool for therapy and as a way to increase their reach into the community. Music Together center directors are entrepreneurs who not only enjoy the freedom and rewards of owning their own music education businesses but also make a difference in the lives of families.
Read what some center directors have to say, then contact us to learn more about how Music Together can become a part of your professional life.
I was studying music therapy at New York University and met another student who had a child in Music Together. She told me about the program, and….I took the training in the summer of 1996.
I was living in Brooklyn and a friend of mine was taking her daughter to Music Together classes. She told me about it, and I knew immediately that that was something I wanted to do with my son. He was eight months old and very responsive to everything in the class.
I first heard about it from a friend who teaches Music Together. After I had my son, Daniel, she gave us a Music Together songbook and recording for Christmas in 1995. Before this, we enjoyed singing “Wheels on the Bus” and a few other familiar songs, but I was frustrated. Here I was an opera singer, a musician, and I didn’t know what to do in music with my child. I started playing the songs for Daniel and he went wild, he loved it! He responded to the music more than anything else that the special education programs suggested. (Daniel was born with Down Syndrome.)
Actually, I saw the ad in the Suzuki Journal. At the time I was looking for a way to expand my teaching in a job that would be more daytime teaching. I have children who are school-age, and being a Suzuki teacher or private instrument teacher usually means after school, evenings and weekend teaching. And so I was looking for a way to be doing more daytime teaching. I loved teaching the younger students in the Suzuki program, the four- and five-year-olds, so the thought of teaching even younger children was very appealing to me.
I was eight months pregnant when I first learned about Music Together from a college friend who was opening her own center in Pennsylvania. It was kind of serendipitous! Here I was about to have my own infant and about to meet a whole bunch of moms. After I had my daughter, I took the teacher training and fell in love with Music Together even more.