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Much More Than the ABC Song! Music That Naturally Supports Children’s Language and Literacy Skills
Monday March 28, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Devi Borton, M.A., Early Childhood Music Specialist, Outreach Mentor, and Teacher Trainer at Music Together, LLC.
Sponsored by Music Together
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This lively webinar highlighted the numerous ways in which playful and developmentally appropriate songs and chants can naturally support young children’s development of essential language and literacy skills. These skills include phonological awareness, active listening, vocabulary development, print awareness, and narrative skills. Through a discussion of the aspects of language development inherent in music activity and the natural connections between language learning and music making, gain ideas on how to easily use music to support their language learning goals in the classroom (regardless of music ability). The presenter shared some songs and chants that are accessible and enjoyable for both children and adults, and provided ideas on how to adapt favorite songs to support children’s language development – all while having fun!
Devi has an extensive background in vocal performance, dance, and acting, performing in numerous local theatre productions during her youth and starring on a locally produced television show in the Bay Area in California for four years. She began her adult professional career in the healing arts as a bodyworker, birth educator, doula, and certified infant massage instructor. Devi has been a Music Together teacher and center director at FAM JAM! in Santa Fe, NM, since 2003. With a passion for bringing music to children and families in need, she has been the Outreach Coordinator for Music Together LLC since 2010. As a Music Together Teacher Trainer, she trains new Music Together teachers across the globe and runs professional development workshops for current teachers. B.A. Dance at UCLA, M.A. Counseling Psychology at JFK University, Music Together Certification Level II.
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.