As a leader in the field, Music Together is a member of many organizations dedicated to music and early childhood education. Our experts present at over thirty conferences each year, educating early childhood professionals about our unique approach to early childhood music and movement. From our experience as conference presenters and/or members in the organizations listed below, we can recommend the following organizations as resources for anyone interested in learning more about current trends and research in early childhood music education.
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) http://www.musictherapy.org/
Mission: To advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.
Association of Early Childhood International (ACEI) http://www.acei.org/
Mission: ACEI’s mission is to promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.
Children’s Music Network (CMN) http://www.cmnonline.org/
Mission: To share songs and ideas about children’s music.
Dalcroze Eurythmics http://www.dalcrozeusa.org/
Mission: Founded by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, a Swiss pedagogue active from the late 19th to mid-20th century, Dalcroze was created to promote a thorough understanding of music through the study of its basic elements: rhythm, dynamics, tone, and form. Dalcroze training has three branches: eurhythmics, which trains the body in rhythm and dynamics; solfege, which trains the ear, voice, and eye in pitch, melody and harmony; and improvisation, which integrates all the elements of the training.
Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA) http://www.ecmma.org/
Mission: To unite music and early childhood professionals for the benefit of children.
Music For People (MFP) http://www.musicforpeople.org/
Mission: A grassroots organization dedicated to re-vitalizing music-making for individuals and groups and to promoting music as a means to self-expression.
Music Teachers National Organization (MTNA) http://www.mtna.org/
Mission: To further the art of music through programs that support music teaching, performance, composition, and research.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) http://www.naeyc.org/
Mission: To lead and consolidate efforts of individuals and groups to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children, especially by improving the quality of programs for children birth through third grade. NAEYC also works to improve professional practice and working conditions for early childhood workers and to build support for high quality early childhood programs.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) http://www.nafcc.org/
Mission: To promote quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.
National Association for Music Education (NAfME) http://www.nafme.org/
Mission: To advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.
National Coalition of Campus Children’s Centers (NCCC) http://www.campuschildren.org/
Mission: In order to fulfill its mission and philosophy, NCCCC is committed to:
- Educate individuals, groups and the professional community associated with all aspects of programs for young children through publications, newsletters and conferences.
- Promote and conduct research on campuses which will influence the future directions of early childhood education and family-work support and which will assess the long-range effect of child care on children and families, and sharing the results with the public.
- Promote the establishment, maintenance and, where appropriate, the expansion of high quality child care and early education programs to enable parents to further their education and be gainfully employed.
- Help train and educate teachers who understand and follow NAEYC's developmentally appropriate practices for young children.
National Guild for Community Arts Education http://www.nationalguild.org/
Mission: The National Guild advances high-quality, community arts education so that all people may participate in the arts according to their interests and abilities. We support the creation and development of community arts education organizations by providing research and information resources, professional development and networking opportunities, advocacy, and high-profile leadership.
National Head Start Association (NHSA) http://www.nhsa.org/
Mission: NHSA is an advocacy organization for Head Start that drives legislative action; seeks to unify voices; and offers quality services and products that enhance the lives of children, families and communities.
North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) http://www.reggioalliance.org/
Mission: NAREA is a network of educators, parents, and advocates seeking to elevate both the quality of life and the quality of schools and centers for young children. Their mission is to build a diverse community of advocates and educators to promote and defend the rights of children, families, and educators of all cultures through a collaboration of colleagues inspired by the philosophies and experiences of the 0-6 education project of Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Mission: Founded by 20th century German composer Carl Orff, Orff’s core philosophy is hands-on music training where children do the things they naturally to do to make music first and then learn to read and write it later. The method uses poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances, often accompanied by percussion instruments. Orff melody instruments such as xylophones and glockenspiels are used for improvisation and composition.
Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) http://www.oake.org/
Mission: To enrich the quality of life of the people of the USA through music education by promoting the philosophy of Zoltán Kodály.
Parent Child Preschools International (PCPI) www.preschool.coop
Mission: Parent Child Preschools International (PCPI) supports and encourages parent involvement, parent participation, and parent education in early childhood education programs. Membership includes cooperative preschools throughout the United States and Canada. A cooperative preschool is typically formed by a group of families who desire a high quality preschool experience for their children. Parent participation, along with a qualified teacher, is most often a key component of the community that develops in a co-op preschool. Check our website for a preschool near you.
Suzuki Association of the Americas www.suzukiassociation.org
Mission: The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America. The SAA is governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a staff in Boulder, Colorado. With the International Suzuki Association (ISA) and other regional associations, the SAA promotes and supports the spread of Dr. Suzuki’s Talent Education.
The Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) http://www.giml.org/
Mission: To advance the research in music education pioneered by Edwin E. Gordon. The purpose of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning is to advance music understanding through audiation. We believe in the music potential of each individual, and we support an interactive learning community with opportunities for musical and professional development.