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Action Factor, Inc. presents the workshop for teachers and parents…

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Music and Movement for Young Learners

Presenter: Dr. Myrna R. Gifford

Workshop overview: : Let’s get physical! Learn how to help young children use movement and creativity to relate to every aspect of music and other content areas. From melody and rhythm to dynamics and form, children can deepen and broaden their understanding of all kinds of music when they use their bodies and minds together. As children become musically literate, they respond actively by listening, reading, writing, creating, and arranging music. And once children have tuned in, teachers can capitalize on the motivating power of music to help children learn basic skills and concepts.

Objectives of the presentation: Participants will deepen their understandings of how young children can learn to a) respond to each musical attribute; b) read, write, and perform developmentally-appropriate musical activities, c) learn basic skills and concepts through music, and d) design effective music and movement lessons. Participants will receive a packet of ready-to-use activities that can be adapted to individual needs and curricula. Some musical selections used in the workshop are available for purchase on compact disk.

Format of the presentation: Workshop with audience participation. This is an interactive workshop where participants get to “try out” songs, and musical activities before introducing them to children. Day 2 of the workshop includes a session in which participants develop creative movement lessons that reflect the special needs, interests, and aptitudes of their students.

Target age group: Pre-school, Kindergarten, Early Childhood

The target audience: Classroom teachers, physical education teachers, music teachers, parents, and administrators interested in improving the quality and effectiveness of their early childhood programs through the integration of music and movement

Brief summary of content: Children have always used rhythmic chanting and moving in their play activities, reciting such jingles as One Potato, Two Potato; Engine, Engine, Number Nine; Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear and countless others. Teachers can capitalize on these natural tendencies to help children respond creatively to musical melody, pitch, beat and meter, rhythm, phrasing, instrumentation, tempo, dynamics, form, and content. Through modeling and gentle guidance, even very young children can learn to read basic rhythmic and melodic patterns as they sing, play, and move to music. As children gain confidence, they develop skill in using their minds and bodies to learn about and through music.

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