Music Together nurtures each child’s natural musicality. In family classes, grownups learn together with their children and then re-create the fun at home with our recordings and songbooks.
Most people are born with enough music aptitude to play in a symphony orchestra when they are adults, if they choose. But first we must learn how to "speak music"—to take the musical instrument we all have, ourselves, developing that musical capacity from a very young age. The sounds we make, our movements, our rhythms—these are the building blocks of music and of early childhood learning. And that's what Music Together is all about.
We are all born musical. In a supportive environment, children learn to dance and sing as naturally as they learn to walk and talk.
Young children’s musical growth occurs best in a playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate setting. In a supportive environment, children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and confidently participate in the music of their culture. Music Together creates that environment! By emphasizing actual music-making experiences, we introduce children to the pleasures of producing music instead of passively consuming it from iTunes or TV.
At the core of the Music Together approach is the idea that young children learn best from the powerful role models of parents/caregivers who are actively making music.
The participation and modeling of parents and caregivers—regardless of their musical ability—are essential to a child's musical growth. Our program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and then facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home in daily life—which is so important to music development and early childhood learning. We're very high-touch. Face to face, heart to heart, voice to voice—for a truly bonding and enriching experience.
Internationally Recognized Music Program
First offered to the public in 1987, we've always been pioneers in the field of early childhood music with truly innovative, high-quality music education and outreach programs that redefine what musical means. We're research-based, so we know our stuff and we're good at what we do. But we're also down to earth, accessible, and all about having a good time. It's a balance that makes us both serious and fun. What can we say? We're serious about having fun!
Pitched in the perfect range for children’s early voices, our nine song collections include a mix of original songs and traditional tunes from a variety of genres and styles, including folk, blues, rock, jazz, classical, and world music!
Music Together's nine song collections—each identified by its own color, instrument name, and graphic—are presented in a three-year cycle of three semesters per year. They are non-sequential, so families may join at any semester and attend class for three full years before cycling back to re-experience the collections from their growing children’s ever-changing perspectives. Because music learning is cumulative, with children reaping developmental benefits that build over time, we encourage their participation for as many years as possible from infancy through kindergarten.
BMT Founder & Instructor
Valeria DeCastro (Lela) is a licensed center director and a registered Music Together® teacher. In 2005, she decided to opened the Music Together center in Bloomington, IN. And since ever, she has been sharing her love and passion for music with many families in our community. Valeria is a composer, guitar player and singer. She studied music in Brazil at the Universidade de Brasilia (UnB). And has been performing Bossa Nova/ Brazilian Jazz for Over 30 years in many different countries including Brazil, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica and the U.S.
Lela has successfully completed the Music Together Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey. After Lela's initial training as a Music Together instructor, she sharpened her skills by taking additional trainings on working with babies, preschool, and movement and rhythm. Despite her serious training in Music, her classes are fun and informal. A social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.
- 2008 - Directors weekend – Music Together Directors Seminar
- 2008 - Working with babies in a mixed age class
- 2007 - Teaching Music Together in preschools
- 2006 - Movement and rhythm for Children
- 2006 - Planning a Music Together class
- 2005 - Introducing Music Together: How Children Grow Musically and How You Can Help
- 2005 - Teaching Music Together: Understanding and Enhancing the Young Child’s Music Development