For a minimum of two years the Foundation sends our trained Music Together® teachers to lead each classroom in a weekly music and movement session.
Utilizing the Music Together recordings and songbooks in playful, developmentally appropriate activities, our teachers ensure each class supports the cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development of each child.
The Prelude Music Foundation brings the Music Together® program to the students we serve. Music Together is a pioneer in music education in schools and childcare settings serving children from birth through and including kindergarten.
The research-based, comprehensive curriculum includes award-winning music and developmentally appropriate activities that can be easily integrated into any early learning setting, including pre-kindergarten programs, Head Start classrooms, childcare centers, and in-home care.
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The unique Music Together curriculum components raise the overall quality of children's early learning in the following ways:
Supports children's development in key early learning domains.
Gives teachers tools to enhance classroom life and reach curricular goals.
Supports family engagement and parent-child relationships.
The Music Together curriculum, which is aligned with Texas Pre-K and Kindergarten Guidelines, uses a variety of songs, sounds, rhythms, and activities to help support children’s cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional development.
The use of activities in classes help foster children’s:
ability to work with others in a group
coordination and balance, body awareness, small-muscle strength, and hand-eye coordination.
The use of songs exposes children to:
the basic structure and sequences of sounds involved in language, helping support emergent language and literacy development.
The use of rhythmic chants in varied meters:
can familiarize children with concepts of proportions, patterning, and counting, supporting their emerging math skills.
Twice a year, before the semester's Family Engagement Concert, the Community Embedded Musicians from the Houston Symphony and musicians from Mercury Chamber Orchestra visit each classroom, bringing their violin, cello, bass, and viola.
The professional musicians sing, dance, and play their instruments for the class, building bonds and inspiring the students.
Later in the semester, parents, teachers, and students gather to sing and dance at their school with musicians from Prelude Music Foundation, Community Embedded Musicians from the Houston Symphony, and musicians from Mercury Chamber Orchestra. The professional musicians play the songs the children have been learning all year, providing the families with an opportunity to make music in community.
We know that children learn from the important role models in their lives—their parents, caregivers, and teachers. To increase family engagement and complete the home-school connection, we provide resources for families to use at home.
We've found that when parents and caregivers are given the tools to engage musically with their children, they'll use them—especially when they discover that they are helping their children become confident music-makers and supporting their overall growth.
In alignment with Music Together’s guiding principal that, “Music Learning Supports All Learning®”, the foundation provides professional development to classroom teachers on how to use Music Together activities, songs and materials to support their educational goals and weave music into their classroom’s daily routine.
Active participation in music classes and online support tools from Music Together Worldwide help classroom teachers elevate their overall teaching skills. As they learn to use music in their work every day, they'll gain a new arena for observation, evaluation, and appreciation of children's development in many different areas.