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Family Engagement through Music: Stronger Home-School Connections with Music
Monday November 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Presented by Sarah Orfe, Director, Music Together Princeton Lab School
Sponsored by Music Together
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This webinar explored the ways in which participatory and enjoyable adult-child music activities can engage parents in their child’s learning, enhance the home learning environment, promote family engagement in school, and support a strong child-teacher-family connection.
Learn how and why the content and process of developmentally appropriate music and movement activities can enrich and bridge the classroom and home settings. Gain some ideas you can use to create opportunities for family and community music-making events in the school and parent/caregiver participation in the classroom. Get some tips on how to use music with your students in such ways that encourage the children to make music at home with their families.
Explore how music materials in the home can be used to provide rich, cognitively stimulating, and literacy-related activities for children and families to enjoy. In addition, as positive parent-child interactions are essential for young children’s development at all ages, hear suggestions on how to communicate to parents the importance and joys of making music with their children, regardless of the parent’s music ability.
About the Presenter
Sarah Orfe, Director of the Music Together Princeton Lab School, has many years of experience in the world of early childhood music both as a teacher in the classroom, and as a director of a successful business. Before becoming the Director of the Music Together Princeton Lab School, she was the founder and lead teacher for Sunshine Music Studios in Los Angeles, where her program was named “Best Of” by LA Parent magazine for three years in a row. She spent three years teaching with the Summer Institute for the Gifted and is a recovering actress. Her musical training includes over 10 years of flute and piano study. Sarah has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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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.