Thanks to a grant from The Wachovia Well Fargo Foundation, S.T.A.R.S. preschoolers began a 15-week session of music and movement with Music TogetherÂ® specialist, Cherie Lenahan, in January. The Music TogetherÂ® program meets with the preschoolers once a week for 45 minutes but the curriculum is comprehensive. Each preschooler is given supplemental materials to incorporate into their class time, as well as at home. Families are encouraged to follow along with a CD and book titled, ‘Bringing the Harmony Home.’ In addition, two family events are scheduled during the semester to encourage family engagement and connection through music.
Although Music TogetherÂ®’s goals are for children to achieve tonal and rhythm competence, the Music TogetherÂ® Preschool program model supports other important developmental milestones such as language, cognitive, emotional, social and physical skills. In a reverse-mainstream environment like S.T.A.R.S., meaning a 50:50 ratio of typically developed children and children with special needs, music enhances a sense of community and encourages individual growth and maturity.
In addition to offering the Music TogetherÂ® Preschool program, Schreiber Pediatric is also offering family classes through its Recreational Therapy Department on Thursday mornings beginning in April. For more information, please visit www.schreiberpediatric.org or www.musictogether.com.