Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide Day 16: Music Together Review AND Giveaway

As a mom and Early Childhood Educator, I am a huge fan of music education for young children. I love introducing children to all types of music. My girls have been exposed to many genres, from country to classical to contemporary Christian and more. I am also very aware of what I listen to so make sure my children are not exposed to anything they should not be.


Recently, I was introduced to a company that introduces music to children in a fun and exciting way. I cannot wait to tell you all about Music Together.




About Music Together:



Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement curriculum for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them.


Originally offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally-appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.
Music Together classes are now offered in more than 2,000 communities in over 30 countries around the world. For more information about Music Together family-child classes, preschool classes, and teacher trainings visit www.musictogether.com




About Music Together Family Favorites:


 Family Favorites features nineteen (19) of the best-loved songs from the nine (9) Music Together song collections. This CD has won eleven awards including a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor award and includes a 32-page booklet with fun music-making activity suggestions for every song for use at home, in the car, or in the preschool classroom.


Awards won include:

  • A Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award
  • Earlychildhood News Directors’ Choice
  • Earlychildhood News Judges’ Selection
  • National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
  • NAPPA Gold Award
  • iParenting Media Award
  • Learning®Magazine 2008 Teacher’s Choice
         for the Family
  • Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice
  • Children's Music Web Award
  • Mom's Choice Gold Award
  • Parent-Tested Parent-Approved Award

Track Listing:


1. Hello Song
2. Biddy Biddy
3. Splishing and Splashing
4. Ridin' In The Car
5. Stick Tune
6. She Sells Sea Shells
7. Playin In The Kitchen
8. Palo, Palo
9. John The Rabbit
10. Spin and Stop
11. Mississippi Cats
12. One Little Owl
13. Goin' For Coffee
14. Obwisana
15. I've Been Working On The Railroad
16. Dancing With Teddy
17. Allee Galloo
18. May All Children
19. Goodbye, So Long, Farewell


You can listen to clips of each track here.




About Music Together Family Favorites 2:


Music Together Family Favorites 2 is a compilation of nineteen (19) best-loved songs from all nine (9) Music Together song collections. This beautifully arranged anthology of original, folk, and traditional songs from all around the world features musically rich arrangements and vocals that appeal to children and adults alike. This CD has won nine awards including a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor award and includes a 32-page booklet with fun music-making activity suggestions for every song for use at home, in the car, or in the preschool classroom


Awards Won:

  • A Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award
  • Creative Child Magazine 2010 CD of the Year Award—Family Music Category
  • NAPPA Gold Award
  • Tilliwig “Top Fun Gold” Award
  • Parent-Tested Parent-Approved Award
  • National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
  • Dove "Family-approved" seal—
        received 5 out of 5 Doves
  • Dr. Toy’s 2010 Best 100 Products Award
  • Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Audio/Visuals for 2010 Award
Track Listing:

1. Hello Song
2. Hey, Diddle, Diddle
3. Sandpiper
4. Dee Da Dum
5. Wiggle!
6. Saying and Doing
7. Merry-Go-Round
8. Don Alfredo Daila
9. All Around The Kitchen
10. Stick Dance
11. Rhythms n' Rhymes
12. This Train
13. There's a Little Wheel a-Turnin'
14. Foolin' Around
15. Hey Ya Na
16. Singin' Every Day
17. Mr. Rabbit
18. Sleepyhead
19. Goodbye, So Long, Farewell

You can hear each track here.


About Music Together Lullabies:

Music Together Lullabies is a soothing anthology of all eighteen (18) lullabies from the ten (10) Music Together song collections. This CD has won nine awards including Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Audio-Video Products for 2009 and includes a 32-page booklet with calming activity ideas for parent-child bonding.

Awards Won:
  • Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence
         for 2009
  • NAPPA Gold Award
  • Dr. Toy's 2009 Best 10 Audio-video Products
  • Dr. Toy's 2009 Best 100 Products
  • Dove "Family-approved" seal—
        received 5 out of 5 Doves
  • iParenting Media Award
  • The National Parenting Center
         Seal of Approval 2010
  • Mom's Choice Gold Award
  • A Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award
  • Parent-Tested Parent-Approved Award
Track Listing:

1. Great Big Stars
2. Shenandoah
3. Raisins and Almonds
4. Sleepyhead
5. The Riddle Song
6. Ally Bally
7. By 'n' By
8. My Bonnie
9. Cradle Song
10. Duermete Nino Bonita
11. Su La Li
12. Brahms' Lullaby
13. All the Pretty Horses
14. Russian Folk Song
15. Shady Grove
16. The Water Is Wide
17. Tomorrow's Now Today
18. May All Children

You can listen to all the tracks here.

My Review:

I had the wonderful opportunity to review all three of the above CD's not only with my own two children, but also my home daycare children.

 We had a blast. I pulled out my box of instruments and we danced and moved to the music of Family Favorites and Family Favorites 2. The kids LOVED it. When it came to time put away the music for lunch, the children wanted to keep going! I LOVED that. My girls have always loved music, and I am always looking for great new music to introduce them to. I also love that Music Together teaches children music from around the world. An awesome way to bring in multi-cultural education through music.  A huge benefit to me from an early childhood education background. I also love that I am finding myself singing along to many of the songs, which I don't often do with children's music.

My favorite tracks are All The Pretty Horses from Lullabies, Stick Dance (used rhythm sticks with the kids while dancing to this) from Family Favorites 2 and Dancing With Teddy (had a teddy bear dance party) from Family Favorites.

I also found out that Music Together offers classes only about a hour from my town, in Pincher Creek, Alberta. I think it is great that there are classes so close to me, and may consider enrolling my children in the future.

If you are looking to introduce your children to some awesome new music, or looking for an alternative music class to others like Kindermusik or Gymboree classes, you need to check out Music Together. I highly recommend them.

BUY IT: Family Favorites, Family Favorites 2 and Lullabies are all available through the Music Together website.

WIN IT: One (1) reader will win 
a 3 CD set featuring from Music Together 

MANDATORY ENTRY: Head over to Music Together, listen to the tracks and tell me your favorite one.

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

***I received a complimentary set of the three CD's reviewed above, courtesy of Music Together. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


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  1. There are several good ones, but I like Goodbye, So Long, Farewell.

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  6. I love "this Train" listened to it with my son and he loved it!

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