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The history of Music Together®

how it all got started

Discover an innovative, research based approach to early childhood music education!

In 1985, Ken Guilmartin, a composer, pre-school music teacher and one-man research and development team, founded the Center for Music and Young Children (CMYC). His goal was to create a parent-child music and movement experience in which children learn through playful, developmentally appropriate activities supported by parent education and materials for use at home. Ken met Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz, then a Ph.D. student at Temple University and, impressed by her innovative research on tonal and rhythm development in young children, they began to create the Music Together materials and classroom techniques first offered to the public in the fall of 1987. Now serving 3,000 communities in 40 countries, Music Together connects families across the globe.



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The Music Together program was first offered in Portland in 1998 when Bonnie Singer and Mary Beth Camp discovered a mutual passion for helping families discover the joy of family music.

Starting with 23 families, Music Together of Portland now has almost 1300 families singing and dancing together each session!

That makes us one of the largest Music Together centers in the world!

“I tell other parents all the time: Music Together is without a doubt one of the best things I’ve done with our son. It’s worth every penny. My son has Down syndrome and we have always felt completely included and accepted by all the Music Together parents and teachers.”