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Play Along is an exciting addition to Music Together’s repertoire of age appropriate musical curriculum brought to Ewing by the Trenton Music Makers, formerly the Trenton Community Music School. Play Along is a research-based program specially designed just for preschoolers. Play Along is teacher friendly and helps align music making activities to New Jersey Preschool Learning Standards. The Play Along program focuses on supporting early childhood development through the following areas: language and emergent literacy, social-emotional, mathematics, spatial-temporal reasoning, working memory, fine motor, gross motor and so much more!
Another focus of Play Along is to honor the way children learn by including resources and materials for their caregivers at home and at school. Each child receives a songbook for school use as well as a music CD and songbook for home use. The support offered by Music Together extends to their website where there are free music and activity downloads for teachers and parents.
Students’ rich and diverse musical experiences are heightened when Music Therapist Janet Campbell joins each class for a thirty minute music making session. After each session Ms. Campbell meets with teachers to discuss how best to support students. The partnership between Ms. Campbell and teachers is essential in providing students with the best opportunity to grow not only musically but to help develop important life skills.
In December preschool classes hold Family Music Parties. Family members are invited into classrooms to experience a music session with their child. The atmosphere is warm and engaging as Ms. Campbell leads children and adults on a music making adventure. Ms. Ronnie Ragen, Early Childhood Program Director for Trenton Music Makers, attends to share the joys of Music Together with parents and to see the progress students have made.