Organized Methods of early childhood music education

| May 10, 2011

Several international organizations exist which promote specific methods of training young children in music. Kindermusik, Music Together, Music-in-the-Box, Musikgarten, and the Suzuki Method are among the most widely recognized of these methods. Kindermusik is a music and movement program of classes designed to be taken from birth until a child is 7 years old. Music Together is also a set of music and movement classes. Musikgarten offers a comprehensive, sequential plan for the musical development of the child from birth to age 9. Music-in-the-Box’s Music Masters program incorporates picture books, music, and movement classes to encourage language & reading development through music. The Suzuki method is notably different in that it focuses on learning a specific instrument like the violin, and it uses this focus to foster musical ability and appreciation. This method is child focused and depends on the parent/teacher/child triangle to create an early internal understanding of music by first developing the musical ear, and then adding the more traditional note reading as instrumental technique is developed.