Music Together owner David Palomo is shown leading a session for young children and adults.
Photo courtesy of Music Together
FAIRLAWN - Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners with adult involvement, according to owner David Palomo.
Palomo is a folk musician with a master's degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif., and an education-specialist degree in counseling from Kent State University.
He is a board member of the C.G. Jung Education Center of Cleveland and a member of the Summit County Songwriters Circle.
"I believe music is valuable in supporting the growth of emotional ties in families," Palomo
said, adding he
grew up in a home with music.
"There is research that shows music engages the emotions.
At a practical level, smiling children become engaged and connect to parents and grandparents through music and dance."
According to Palomo
, children as young as eight months and adults enjoy the program.
"You don't have to be a musician to enjoy music," he
"Everyone can participate in music making, and both children and adults express joy through music."
added the Music Together
sessions stimulate development in children by engaging the emotions, motor skills and vocal ability.
A 10-week session of 45-minute classes includes songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement and hand instrument play, all presented as informal, nonperformance-oriented musical experiences, according to Palomo
also said the classes are developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers to follow, regardless of musical ability.