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Harness the Power of Music to Enhance Learning
Thursday May 26, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Ellen Acuna and Alex Farkas, Music Together In-School Services Mentors
Sponsored by Music Together
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Music can be an incredible and enjoyable tool to use with children of all ages. However, many early childhood professionals don’t realize that the means to do this are very accessible for any educator regardless of music talent or experience. In this lively webinar, experience how easy it is to create a musically rich environment that promotes a positive learning atmosphere, engaging children and enhancing the classroom environment. Learn how simple music activities can support children’s focus, approaches toward learning, transitions, classroom management, and the daily routine in early learning settings.
Ellen Acuna has eighteen years of experience as an early childhood music and movement specialist working with children birth through age five and their parents and caregivers in a developmentally appropriate and research-based music and movement program. She 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.
Alexandra Farkas, M.A.T., has many years of experience as an early childhood music and movement specialist, and holds a New Jersey State Teacher certification for K-12 Music. Alex has served as the general music teacher at a K-8 school and as a private voice teacher. She currently enjoys her work as a Mentor for the In-School Services Department at Music Together, LLC, as well as a teacher of Music Together in both school settings and family classes. Alex is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and her Master of Arts in Teaching. She is also an active performer and musician and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall under the batons of such distinguished conductors as Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, and many others.
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.