Nashua-based music program named ‘Favorite’ award recipient
Friday, September 20, 2013
NASHUA – Music Together, a music and movement program for young children and their parents or caregivers, was selected by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire as the award recipient for “Favorite Musical Instruction” for the second year in a row.
“The Family Favorites’ award program recognizes those places, people and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family,” said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting New Hampshire.
“Discovering and enjoying new places and creating special memories with your kids are what make being a parent fun and rewarding,” Hitchcock said.
Music Together is a licensed curriculum that grew out of the work and research of Dr. Lili Levinowitz, music scholar, and Kenneth Guilmartin, composer. It has grown into hundreds of centers around the world.
The program’s focus is mixed-age classes promoting music skills of rhythm and tone during the crucial music-learning years up to age 6.
“I’ve come to believe that music is a fundamental human skill that is getting lost in our culture of electronic entertainment,” said Amy Conley, who started teaching the first Music Together classes in New Hampshire in 1997.
“In order to bring it back, we must provide children with live music experiences that will develop growing brains, since musical education supports skills needed across the curriculum, and also provide a means of self-expression and a pathway to emotional growth.”
Conley directs Music Together in Nashua at Temple Beth Abraham on Raymond Street as part of her music school, which also offers Amy’s Family Jam classes, ukulele classes for adults, a children’s ukulele chorus, a String and Sing Jam and more in Milford, Hollis and Nashua.
“Music not only makes children smarter, it helps adults stay sharp as they grow older and provides many health benefits, as well as social ones,” Conley said.
For more information about her classes, visit www.amyconleymusic.com.
For Music Together classes in your community, visit www.music
Parenting New Hampshire’s website is www.parentingnh.com.