Established by Music Together LLC in 2015, the Music Together Education Fund’s mission is to enhance the lives of children, families, and communities through the power of music. The Fund is guided by the principles of Music Together founder, Kenneth K. Guilmartin—that music-making is fundamental to human development and that opportunities to make music should be available to everyone. The Music Together Education Fund supports projects, initiatives, and research devoted to supporting music development in early childhood, in particular those that serve at-risk populations who would not normally be able to access early music experiences.
In partnership with 501c3 organizations and early learning centers and schools around the country, Music Together has seen the power of early childhood music to improve outcomes among at-risk populations. In creating the Music Together Education Fund, Music Together hopes to work with compatible organizations to provide access to high-quality early childhood music education to as many children as possible regardless of background or life circumstance.
About Music Together
Music Together® is an internationally recognized music and movement program for children birth through age seven and their parents or primary caregivers. First available to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that emphasizes and facilitates the involvement of primary caregivers.
Music Together helps children learn to “speak” the language of music, and thus achieve basic music competence, by encouraging the actual experiencing of music rather than the passive learning of concepts or information about music. By encouraging family participation and spontaneous music activity occurring within the context of daily life, Music Together helps families, caregivers, and early childhood professionals rediscover the pleasure and educational value of informal music experiences.
The program’s approach is grounded in important early learning theories and uniquely applies key education principles, including developmentally appropriate practice, participatory learning, and play, to early music and movement learning.
In addition to programs for families, schools, and children with special needs, new applications of the Music Together program model and curriculum are continually being developed, along with various types of research being conducted.
Contributions to the Music Together Education Fund can be made by check, payable to the Princeton Area Community Foundation with “Music Together” in the memo line, and mailed to the Princeton Area Community Foundation 15, Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 or online here (please click on “support a specific fund and add “Music Together in the comments section).