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Music and Early Learning: Supporting Families in Making Music at Home
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz, Director of Research, Music Together Worldwide, and Professor Emeritus, Rowan University
Hosted by Lisa Chouteau, Senior Video Producer and Manager of Video Production, Music Together Worldwide
Sponsored by Music Together
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This edWebinar explores the ways in which participatory and enjoyable adult-child music activities in live, synchronous, and asynchronous learning experiences can engage parents and caregivers in their child’s learning, enhance the home learning environment, promote family engagement with the school, and support a strong child-teacher-family connection.
Family engagement in early childhood has been viewed as a predictor of children’s early learning skills and later school success. Now, with more young children and educators engaged in distance learning, and parents and caregivers finding themselves in the position of educator-at-home, it’s even more important to find enjoyable, quality, and accessible ways to engage parents and caregivers in their child’s early learning. Music can be an enjoyable, cognitively stimulating, and literacy-rich activity for children and parents to engage in together.
This edWebinar provides ideas for involving parents in their child’s music learning and music making at home. Educators who work with young children in daycares, preschools, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten classes will gain ideas for engaging young children and their parents and primary caregivers in music learning experiences that use developmentally appropriate music activities to not only support music development but also provide parents with new ways to use music throughout their day, supporting their child’s learning at home, relieving parent and caregiver stress, getting kids up and moving, and just having fun as a family.
About the Presenter
Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Rowan University. She is the co-author 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.
About 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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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.