Supporting Children’s Brain Development through Music

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music and the brainIn this edWeb.net webinar for the Arts & Music in Early Learning community, Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D., Professor of Music Education at Rowan University, and Lauren Guilmartin, Director of Early Learning at Music Together LLC, discussed the many ways in which music participation in early childhood naturally supports children’s brain development. Research continues to emphasize how important the first five years of a child’s life are for brain development. Music can be an enjoyable and easy way for educators to support the development of important structural changes, neurological processes, and cognitive skills during this very active time of brain development. Attendees not only learned about some of the recent research in this field, but also came away with a deeper understanding of music’s impact on the developing brain.

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Arts and Music in Early Learning is a free professional learning community (PLC) that helps educators create and integrate fine arts and music into their classrooms. The community hosts online discussions that make it easy for educators to stay connected over time with fellow teachers to share ideas, practices, examples, and lesson plans.  The community is a growing resource center with webinar archives, CE quizzes, and support materials that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. This program is sponsored by Music Together.

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