All children are musical.
This is the basic premise of Music Together, a research-based music learning program founded in 1987 by the Center for Music and Young Children of Princeton, NJ and now being offered for 0-5 year-olds with their caregivers here in Pagosa.
Bringing out the inherent musicality of a child is often overlooked in our culture. So how and why can we nurture the musical potential in our children?
The why is simple: for the fun of it! Learning how to carry a tune or keep a beat gives us all the more chance for musical enjoyment in life; whether that’s singing along with the radio, playing in a band or symphony, or dancing when the mood or social opportunity presents itself. Music at its best is freeing and joyful. Plus, music learning supports all learning. It seems that awakening the musical within ourselves and our children helps the brain work better for other endeavors. Really, there is research to back this: see musictogether.com for research articles.
And how do we best go about this musical nurturance? Well, kids learn music like they learn language, and ideally during the same time period. They learn best through ongoing interactive opportunities to play with and model musical expression with the people who mean the most to them; their parents. Not through their parents modeling perfection or performance, but through them modeling regular musical participation, play, and enjoyment. So by all means if you are a parent sing and dance with your kids, make up rhymes and rhythms, sing them silly ditties and lullabies and have frequent fun with it, even if you’re off-key or rhythmically challenged!
And if you want support, encouragement, guidance and an expanding repertoire of kids music to play and grow with — drawn from American folk music, world music, jazz, blues and more — come try out the Music Together curriculum as presented by Music Together Pagosa.
Music Together Pagosa will provide free, 45-minute demonstration classes Monday, Jan. 4, at 10:15 a.m.; Thursday Jan. 7, at 10:45 a.m.; and Friday, Jan. 8, at 10:45 a.m. Pre-Registration is required as class space is limited.
To register and for more information, contact teacher/director Laura Seiler at 731-3359. Or you can check the national Web site MusicTogether.com.