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Support Preschoolers’ Executive Function Skills with Music
Tuesday January 30, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Presented by Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz, Director of Research, Music Together Worldwide, and Professor Emeritus, Rowan University
Sponsored by Music Together
Executive functions are some of the most important mental skills we need in order to get things done throughout our lives. Executive function skills help us control our impulses, filter distractions, plan and prioritize tasks, and remember instructions. We are not born with these skills, but every child has the potential to develop them, beginning in early childhood.
In this edWebinar, Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz, Director of Research at Music Together Worldwide and Professor Emeritus at Rowan University, explores the many ways in which developmentally appropriate, participatory, and enjoyable music and movement activities can naturally support young children’s development of important executive function skills, including attention control, working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control.
Educators working with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners will benefit from watching this recorded session. Gain a deeper understanding of the importance of executive functions and how to support the development of these skills in early childhood through specific musical interactions that are fun for both children and adults.
About the Presenter
Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Rowan University. She is the coauthor of the early childhood music and movement program, Music Together, and Director of Research for Music Together Worldwide. Dr. Levinowitz is considered a national authority on early childhood music and is actively involved in teaching very young children as well as graduate students. Her articles appear frequently in professional journals and popular magazines. She received her M.M. and Ph.D. from Temple University, and her B.M. from Westminster Choir College.
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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.