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Music Play: Before You Play Music, You Must Play WITH Music!
Wednesday January 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Presented by Devi Borton, M.A., Early Childhood Music Specialist, Mentor, and Teacher Trainer at Music Together Worldwide
Sponsored by Music Together
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Before young children can play (i.e., perform) music they must play with music! While most of us think of music class as teacher-led songs, a developmentally appropriate music education experience fosters child-initiated music play and provides the opportunity for individual children to focus on their own musical ideas – at all ages. Research also highlights how play is an important part of children’s development of the skills and dispositions that are essential to learning and classroom engagement. One such type of play activity that can support a child’s development and learning is music play.
In this webinar, early childhood music specialist Devi Borton explores how to create a child-centered, playful music environment that encourages and values children’s own ways of making music, allows each child to take ownership of his or her music learning, and affords each teacher an opportunity to maximize the learning benefits of music play. Devi demonstrates some great songs that they can use to provide children with a rich musical “playground.” This recorded webinar will benefit educators working with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners.
About the Presenter
Devi Borton 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 Special Applications Coordinator and mentor for Music Together Worldwide 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. Devi holds a B.A. in Dance from UCLA, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from JFK University, and is Music Together Certification Level II.
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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.