Child motor and social development
Raquel McCarthy gave birth to her son Dylan 10 weeks early and was faced with the health challenges of raising a premature baby. With the encouragement of now 2-year-old Dylan’s speech therapist, McCarthy turned to, a music organization that provides classes to children downtown and across the greater Valley.
The music and movement classes are aimed at teaching basic musical competence to children, as well as developing their social and motor skills. What makes Music Together stand out from other music programs, however, is the level of parent or caretaker involvement in the class to strengthen the relationship with the child, according to Sarah Miller, a teacher with Music Together.
“We give music to families to take home, ” Miller said. “You participate with your child, we do things in class and hopefully you’ll take that home and make your house a more musical place and make music with your children wherever you go.”
Music Together in Phoenix is a branch of an internationally recognized program for early childhood education and development. It began in Phoenix when native Kathy Rowe, the center director, returned home from Chicago in the fall of 1999 with her two young children. She noticed Phoenix did not have a Music Together program and decided to start her own.
One class soon turned into two, and then three. By 2005, Music Together in Phoenix opened a storefront near Shea Boulevard and 32nd Street. Today, they offer 30 classes taught by six teachers in the Phoenix and Peoria area. There are eight class locations total, four of which are easily accessible to families living in the downtown area.
“Our downtown is becoming so much more vibrant, ” Rowe said. “(Music Together in Phoenix is) just another part that adds to the richness of what is happening (downtown). It is a good match for families.”
Music Together in Phoenix serves close to 300 families each semester, with classes for babies 8 months and younger, 5-to-7-year-olds and mixed-age classes of infants to 5-year-olds.
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