Saturday, November 17, 2018, Goshen College Music Together will hold our annual Fall Family Celebration, which will also celebrate our 10 years of Music Together classes in Elkhart County! Music Together’s Uncle Gerry will bring his magical leadership to this event, from 10:00-11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall of College Mennonite Church.
All families and friends who have participated in Music Together classes of any kind are invited to attend this event, which will also feature giveaways and drawings for Music Together storybooks and coupons to use toward upcoming classes.
“Uncle” Gerry Dignan is no stranger to Goshen Music Together families, as we’ve heard his voice often on Music Together recordings. He has also visited Goshen several times in past years and many here are familiar with his unique gifts of group singing and movement leadership. In addition to recording for Music Together, Gerry has worked and recorded with Grammy-nominated cellist, David Darling, and has contributed to the work of Music for People organization (David Darling, co-founder), an organization dedicated to self-expression through improvisational music. Gerry was also a seven-year member of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Chorus and traveled with the chorus and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform at the Concerthalle in Berlin, Germany, as well as in New York City at Carnegie Hall.
Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement curriculum for children between birth and grade two 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.
According to Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Director of Music Together, “All children have the ability, from birth, to learn music. At Music Together, we introduce children to the pleasures of actively making music, which is critical for their music development. Many parents may not realize that they are their child’s most important music teachers—even if they don’t consider themselves musical. It is not important that caregivers sing or move perfectly; what matters is that they model the enjoyment of making music. We have been providing families with the tools to joyfully and enthusiastically make music together for 25 years and are proud to have impacted so many lives.”