The Music Together® Program

 

All children are musical.

With the right early learning environment, research has demonstrated that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and confidently participate in the music of our culture. Our desire is to provide a classroom experience that lays an enhanced musical foundation for children in their developing years. And our dream is that parents would learn to make music, together, at home and in the context of their daily lives.

What is a class like?

Mom and kids

A fully trained and registered Music Together teacher leads groups of six to twelve children, along with their parents or caregivers, through forty five minutes of music and movement experiences

Mom and kids

During each weekly class, a dozen songs, rhythmic rhymes, small and large movement activities, and instrument play are offered

Mom and kids

Children and adults have opportunities to create and improvise; they may make up new words to songs, suggest movement ideas, make silly sounds, or musical ideas found during the family’s play-at-home during the week

Mom and kids

The classes are always relaxed and playful, and never performance oriented; this respects and supports the unique learning styles, developmental levels, and temperaments of all participants, creating a strong sense of community

"Before we can play music, we have to play WITH music." - Susan Darrow, CEO Music Together Worldwide

Our Philosophy

Music Together is not just fun. It is educational for your child—and yourself—no matter their age or yours! By carefully crafting, honing, and researching for over 25 years, the creators of Music Together have left us with a beautiful curriculum.

Many people mistakenly believe that only an exceptional few are musically talented, while the rest of us are doomed to sing out of tune and dance with two left feet. But the truth is, we are all born musical. In a supportive environment, children will learn to dance and sing as naturally as they learn to walk and talk. This knowledge helped Music Together develop a four-point philosophy that guides our program to this day:

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All children are musical

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All children can achieve basic music competence – the ability to sing in tune and move with accurate rhythm

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The participation and modeling of parents and caregivers—regardless of their musical ability—are essential to a child’s musical growth

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A young child's musical growth occurs best in a playful, musically rich, and developmentally suitable setting

MUSIC LEARNING SUPPORTS:

MUSIC
DEVELOPMENT

• Singing in tune
• Moving in time
• Exposure to style

LANGUAGE
DEVELOPMENT

• Active listening
• Pre-literacy skills
• Vocabulary

SOCIO-EMOTIONAL
DEVELOPMENT

• Self-confidence
• Self-regulation
• Leadership skills

COGNITIVE
DEVELOPMENT

• Emerging math skills
• Executive function
• Cause and effect

PHYSICAL
DEVELOPMENT

• Gross/fine motor skills
• Coordination
• Spatial awareness

LEARNING
DEVELOPMENT

• Motivation
• Creativity
• Imagination

If you would like to read more about the research and philosophy of Music Together, please reference the following documents, explore the wealth of knowledge available on the Music Together International website, or contact us.

Our Teachers

Ashley Westerman - Elevate Music Together Founder and Teacher

Ashley Westerman

ashley@elevatemusictogether.com

Founder and Director of Elevate Music Together, Ashley is a certified Music Together® teacher trained under the co-founder of Music Together, Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D. Ashley has been a music and band teacher in the classroom, sung in a variety of professional settings, and plays the trumpet and piano. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Michigan State University.

As a Music Together teacher, experienced classroom teacher, and also a Music Together mom, Ashley loves kids and knows firsthand the benefits of providing a high quality musical experience for both her children and yours. She is passionate about building musical community that enriches a child’s musical environment and enjoyment, and loves to find developmentally suitable and learning-style specific methods of inspiring musical exploration and creativity.

Ashley lives in Lake Stevens with her husband and their two adorably musical children.

Ashley Westerman - Elevate Music Together Founder and Teacher

Zoe Madi

zoe@elevatemusictogether.com

Zoe Knight is a certified Music Together® teacher and believes all children should learn through music and play. Zoe recently moved here from Boston, Massachusetts, and is originally from Sussex, England. Zoe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Surrey, England, an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts.

Zoe plays the saxophone, violin, and piano, and is currently learning the ukulele (she believes it’s never too late to learn). As a teacher, Zoe understands how music influences a child’s learning and development and is passionate about helping children and families expand their horizons through music.

Zoe currently lives in Lake Stevens with her husband, two cats, and a dog, and is about to be an Auntie for the first time!

Ashley Westerman - Elevate Music Together Founder and Teacher

Jessica Mohr

jessica@elevatemusictogether.com

Jessica Mohr loves seeing the growth and development that comes with experiencing music from a young age. She is a local artist and loves all forms of art, including music. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Western Washington University.

Jessica was an Elevate Music Together mom who loved the program so much that she wanted to stick around after her son graduated. Now a certified Music Together® teacher, she is passionate about creating a supportive community environment within her classes—for the kids and their adults!

Jessica was born and raised in the PNW and currently lives in Lake Stevens with her husband and son.

Ashley Westerman - Elevate Music Together Founder and Teacher

Farley Woodbury

farley@elevatemusictogether.com

Farley Woodbury fell in love with Music Together in 2012 while taking classes with her oldest daughter. Still a current student with her three-year-old, she has experienced the amazing benefits this program has to offer while watching her own children grow from it. She is absolutely thrilled to be sharing her love for Music Together as a teacher. Farley’s background is in fitness, hospitality, and landscaping.

Farley believes music is a foundation of learning. Now a certified Music Together® teacher, she is excited to create a musical community within her classes and inspire families to make music at home and bring back music-making in our culture. Farley loves to garden on her farm in Snohomish where she lives with her husband and 2 daughters. With music as a passion in her life, she is also an aspiring guitar and ukulele player.

Music Together International

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LAKE STEVENS LOCATION

PacWest Performing Arts
508 91st Ave NE
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

SNOHOMISH LOCATION

Snohomish Aquatic Center
516 Maple Ave
Snohomish, WA 98290

ELEVATE MUSIC TOGETHER OFFICE

2305 118th Ave NE
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
(425) 312-3892
hello@elevatemusictogether.com

Elevate Music Together
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