Oh, how we love to sing and dance around the room together!! I have to say that it is one of my favorite things to do with my kids. I LOVE music and have been trying hard to instill that love in my children by exposing them to lots of it. I minored in vocal performance in college, so it has always been a passion of mine.
The Schoolhouse Crew has been blessed with an incredibly fun program to review this past month, called Music Together. They have given us their Family Favorites CD & The Songbook for Teachers to review.
Music Together is an award-winning, internationally recognized program for kids ages birth to age 7 that started in 1987. It is a research-based program that includes adult participation with music and movement activities. It is a program designed to be done in a class or group setting with rhythm instruments and lots of fun interaction. Their philosophy is that all children are innately musical and can learn from and respond to live music. The adult participation is an important part of their program because they feel that children will be more willing to participate if a parent is doing it along with them.
We began the program by just listening to the CD a lot. My kids love having music on, so I turned it on, and they listened, hummed along, and even danced around. After we heard the songs a few times, we were all singing along. Then I pulled out the Teacher Manual to do some of the fun activities with them. It was nice to do it after they knew the songs a little because they were really excited about it & so eager to participate!
We have a box of musical instruments that we pulled out to use. Music Together has a set of instruments that they sell to go along with the program. There are rhythm sticks, egg shakers, tambourines, etc… They really encourage you to actively participate.
In the Teacher Songbook each song has some great recommended activities to use in teaching the song. They even have some great recommendations for children with special needs. Each song lists activities, the starting pitch of the song, the meter, and instruments that could be used to play along. The song book is really impressive- I loved the amount of information included in it. I really feel like using the activities in the book made the songs come alive for my family.
There are also some lovely illustrations scattered throughout the book that go along with the songs. Here is one I took a picture of that goes along with the Splishing and Splashing song.
If you play the guitar, they even have the guitar chords for the songs listed & instructions in the back for how to play the songs. I play a little, so I am excited to try and learn some of these songs and make our singing time even more enjoyable!
Something I really liked were the “vocables” used in many of the songs. Vocables are nonsense syllables and sounds like “doobie”, “la-la”, “meow”, etc. These are sung in place of words in several of the songs. My kids really liked these and had fun singing along, as well as making up their own sounds to sing.
We were very pleased with Music Together. If you have been looking for a fun, interactive program to use with your young children, you should definitely look into this one. There are many music classes in which you can enroll your children. But with this book & CD set, you could create that fun experience in your own home for a fraction of the cost!
You can purchase the physical CD for $14.95 or the download for $9.99. You can listen to samples of all of the songs here. You can also purchase individual songs for just $0.99. The Songbook for Teachers is $29.95, or you can buy a combo kit of the book & CD for $39.95, saving you $5. If you use the coupon code “Schoolhouse” at checkout on the Music Together online store, you can save an additional $2 on your purchase!