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Going Beyond the ABC Song: Music That Naturally Supports Children’s Language Development

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Music That Naturally Supports Children’s Language Development

Presented by Michelle Jamail, Early Childhood Music Specialist and Music Together Teacher, Bluebonnet Montessori School of Lakeway
Hosted by Lisa Chouteau, Senior Video Producer and Manager of Video Production, Music Together Worldwide

Sponsored by Music Together

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In this edWebinar, Michelle explores how and why the content and process of developmentally appropriate music activities can support young children’s language and literacy skill development. She demonstrates how easy it is to use music to naturally support important areas of language learning including phonological awareness, vocabulary development, print awareness, active listening skills, and creative storytelling – regardless of your musical background. Recent research findings linking music and language learning will also be reviewed.

Viewers will be able to use the knowledge they gain in this edWebinar to use music more intentionally in their day-to-day work with toddlers and preschoolers, and even infants. In addition to simply playing music in the background, viewers will better understand how actively singing and creating variations of a song can support young children’s language development. Viewers will also understand that a range of songs can support this development, even songs without words. They will feel more comfortable in their abilities to use music in their work and will be able to better communicate with other caregivers and parents the significant role that music-making can play in a child’s language development in these important early years.

This recorded edWebinar will be of particular benefit to PreK through elementary school teachers.


Michelle JamailAbout the Presenter

Since 2007, Michelle Jamail has been leading the music program at Bluebonnet Montessori School of Lakeway, TX. In addition, Michelle is a music specialist for Heartsong Music in Austin, TX, where she works with children from birth through age 6 and their parents and caregivers. Michelle has achieved Certification Level II Status from Music Together Worldwide, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. She frequently presents at national conferences including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and facilitates workshops for state early childhood professional development and training organizations. Michelle studied applied learning and development at the University of Texas in the College of Education.


Lisa ChouteauAbout the Host

Lisa Chouteau is the Music in Early Learning edWebinar series host. She is the senior video producer and manager of video production at Music Together Worldwide and holds a B.S. in business administration, training, and development from The College of New Jersey. Lisa is also an Emmy Award-winning television producer of public affairs and educational programming for Public Television and cable networks across the country.


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Music TogetherAt 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.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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