OUR MISSION
Babies love Music Together!

At Shar-La-La Music Together, our mission is to make the world a better place, by making it more musical. We do this by bringing the highest quality music and movement experiences to children in greater Chattanooga--and we involve the adults who love them in the magical process of development that only music can provide.

Music is more than instruments and voices. It's more than rhythm and movement. Music is a powerful force that can inspire, create community, and build family bonds. And it can be life-changing to develop our inner music-maker as early as possible.

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
More and more research indicates that early childhood (ages 0-6), a period of rapid change and development, is the most critical period in a child's musical growth.

It also indicates that early music education (where children are making music):
  • Is linked to stronger spatial reasoning,
  • builds musical intelligence, which is just as important as logical, linguistic, spatial, kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal intelligence,
  • supports lifelong music making, which is linked to plasticity in the aging brain,
  • develops brain areas involved in language and reasoning,
  • is linked with creative problem solving, imagination and innovation,
  • enhances teamwork skills and discipline,
  • leads to changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop.

ABOUT SHARLA
I’m Sharla June, and for many, many years I worked passionately as a musician, writer, and teacher in various capacities. Then, during one stunning and surprising year, I became a parent and my journey changed. I chose to leave my fulltime teaching position and to allow my working band to disintegrate so that I could raise my daughter. Shar-La-La Music Together represents the next phase in my development as an educator and musician.

While searching for an early music program to attend with my daughter, I fell in love with Music Together®. I quickly took and passed teacher training and got permission to establish my own Music Together Center. I hope to bring this fantastic childhood music program to the greatest number of children and families in the Chattanooga area possible! I really believe that Music Together has the power to change families and communities in positive and powerful ways.

If you would like to know more about me, including private music lessons and current performances, please visit my personal website at www.sharlajune.com .

"I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing."

~ William James