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Feel That Rhythm! Music and Emerging Math Skills
Thursday March 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Ellen Acuna, In-School Services Representative and Teaching Specialist
Sponsored by Music Together
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Before children are able to count to ten or add and subtract, they are developing their mathematical understanding. Songs, rhythmic chants, and small and large movement activities are enjoyable ways to holistically support young children’s emerging math skills. Active music and movement experiences include exploration of math concepts such as patterning, sequencing, representation, proportion, and opposites.
In this webinar, Early Childhood Music Specialist Ellen Acuna explores ways teachers can use music, movement, and rhythmic chants to naturally support young children’s emerging math skills in ways that are enjoyable for both children and adults. Ellen also shows viewers music activity ideas that they can use to provide a musical foundation for future mathematical learning. This webinar benefits educators working with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners.
About the Presenter
Ellen Acuna has nineteen years of experience as an early childhood music and movement specialist working with children birth through age five and their parents and caregivers. She has enjoyed bringing music education to a variety of different settings, including a School for the Deaf where she worked with deaf and hard of hearing children, a center for teenage moms with their babies, working with the elderly and young children in intergenerational classes, and a variety of other outreach programs. Ellen has a B.A. from West Chester State College (now West Chester University), where she studied speech communications. In addition to being a Music Together In-School teaching mentor for other music and movement specialists, she presents professional development workshops for music specialists and classroom teachers, and has presented at national conferences.
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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.