A Research-based Program
Music Together is grounded in research in music and early childhood development. When creating the program, coauthors Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz, examined the field of music education—and then reached beyond it into the realm of early childhood learning. They realized that even the best song they could discover or compose would miss the mark if not presented in ways children can receive readily and process meaningfully.
So, the pair turned to the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and early childhood learning for valuable insights into how the brain processes and organizes musical material, how children learn, and how the surrounding environment can support this learning. Then they distilled their findings into four basic principles, which remain the cornerstones of Music Together's philosophy today.
Learn more about the research basis of Music Together and Ken and Lili's positions on early childhood music education in these formative articles:
Music Together as a Research-based Program by Susan Pudjak Hoffman
Early Childhood Music Education in the New Millennium by Ken Guilmartin
The Importance of Music in Early Childhood by Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.