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Music-Making Experiences in the Early Childhood Inclusion Classroom
Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Presented by Carol Ann Blank, Ph.D., LCAT, LPC, MT-BC, Manager of Research and Special Needs Services, Music Together Worldwide
Sponsored by Music Together
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Inclusion is more than bringing all learners to the same early childhood early learning environment (individualized development plan), preschool and kindergarten (individualized educational plan). Inclusion means structuring learning experiences with many access points to meet students where they are. Embedding music-making experiences in the inclusion classroom takes many forms and serves different purposes. Classroom management (i.e. transitions and rituals), social-emotional learning (i.e. self-regulation and peer relationships), self-directed play (i.e. creating an accessible music center), and academic skills (i.e. pre-literacy and numeracy) can all be supported through the use of the elements of music: melody, harmony, and rhythm. And, observing students in their musical play provides educators valuable information when crafting their students’ learning plans.
In this edWebinar, Carol Ann Blank, Ph.D., LCAT, LPC, MT-BC, Manager of Research and Special Needs Services at Music Together Worldwide, help educators find ways to create additional access points into learning through the inclusion of songs and chants throughout the school day. Carol looks at music activities and ways to structure your music center that support social development, language development, and physical-motor development for ALL children in the early childhood inclusion classroom, including neurodiverse learners or those with challenging behaviors. You will leave this edWebinar with an understanding of the learning and social benefits of music while gaining some fun musical tools to include all learners in the classroom experience—not only during music time, but throughout the day, as well!
This session is of particular benefit to educators working with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners.
About the Presenter
Carol Ann Blank, LCAT, LPC, PhD, MT-BC earned her doctorate from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She is responsible for developing training, materials, and mentoring for Music Together teachers who work with children with special needs and their families. In addition, Dr. Blank is the manager of research and special needs services for Music Together Worldwide and teaches Music Together classes for children with special needs.
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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.