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Embedding Music in the Early Childhood Inclusion Classroom
Thursday July 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Carol Ann Blank, Board certified music therapist and Manager of Special Needs Services, Music Together
Sponsored by Music Together
Inclusion is more than bringing all learners to the same early childhood early learning environment. Inclusion means structuring learning experiences with many access points to meet students where they are. Embedding music-making experiences in the inclusion classroom takes many forms and serves different purposes. Classroom management (i.e. transitions and rituals), social-emotional learning (i.e. self-regulation and peer relationships), and academic skills (i.e. pre-literacy and numeracy) can all be supported through the use of the elements of music: melody, harmony, and rhythm.
This webinar helps educators find ways to create additional access points into learning through the inclusion of songs and chants throughout the school day. Look at music activities that support social development, language development, and physical-motor development for ALL children in the early childhood inclusion classroom, including special learners or those with challenging behaviors. Gain an understanding of the learning and social benefits of music while gaining some fun musical tools to include special-learners in the classroom experience — not only during music time, but throughout the day, as well!
Carol Ann Blank, LCAT, LPC, MMT, MT-BC (ABD), earned her Master of Music Therapy at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and is a doctoral candidate at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She responsible for developing training, materials, and mentoring for Music Together teachers who work with children with special needs and their families. In addition, Carol Ann coordinates research for Music Together and teaches Music Together classes for children with special needs.
At Music Together, we understand the importance of music in early childhood—from birth, in fact. Because the truth is, most people are born with enough music aptitude to play in a symphony orchestra when they are adults, if they choose. But first we must learn how to “speak music”—to take the musical instrument we all have, ourselves, developing that musical capacity from a very young age. The sounds we make, our movements, our rhythms—these are the building blocks of music and of early childhood learning. And that’s what Music Together is all about.