Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Music Together

From the webisite:
"Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, first and second graders, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. 
Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning."
Cost -
Music Together Family Favorites CD and Songbook Combo -  $39.95 (Save $5 when you purchase the CD & songbook together!)  Use coupon code “Schoolhouse” at checkout, and you can save an additional $2 on your purchase.

The Bentz Test Laboratory has lots of musical talent! (Disclaimer: except for me...)  We have several instrument playing testers, and all of us are music lovers. My secret...I exposed them to a variety of music and appreciation of music while they were very young!

Music Together is a program designed for my younger testers , recommended for early childhood through age 7. We got to take a peek and listen to the Music Together Family Favorites CD (14.95 or download for just $9.95) .  It's a CD of 19 of the best-loved songs from their collections, and includes a 32 page booklet with fun music-making activity suggestions for you to use at home, in the car, or in a classroom. You can listen to samples here

Additonally, we were sent the Family Favorites Songbook for Teachers ($29.95)  This is a companion songbook to the Family Favorites CD.  It gives you tips on how to make a musically rich environment, and includes suggested activities for each of the songs.

This is a wonderful, well-thought out, backed-by-the-research - music program!  The Teacher's Songbook is an amazing resource to have if you are looking to teach music to your younger children.  You will find great ideas that you can easily implement in your homeschool (not to mention how much fun your co-op would have with this!) 

"Playin' in the Kitchen" was one of our favorites - since we are in the kitchen so often!  We used the "equipment"  - the pots, pans, bowls and spoons and had a great time making Music Together!  All throughout the Teacher's Songbook you will also find suggestions for your special needs learners.

My older children grew up singing in the van wherever we went.  We learned all the childhood favorites.  But, doing this review opened my eyes to something...my younger children have been neglected in this aspect!  The older children have outgrown these type of songs, and want to listen to more "sophisticated" music selections.  Music Together gave the younger children a chance to hear something on their level - finally.  And, of course, they loved it!  My older, piano-playing testers - really enjoyed the songbook, which includes sheet music and chord charts have been playing the music for their younger siblings. Perfect!

I really enjoyed Music Together, and plan to keep playing the CD (they ask for it all the time!) and integrating the activities into our homeschool routine.

See what the other members of the TOS Review Crew thought here.

I was sent a complimentary Combo in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.


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