Music Together® and NAEYC

Music Together has long been a supporter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Since 2012, we have been proud Bronze Sponsors of the NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo. This conference is the year’s largest gathering of early childhood professionals in the world.

NAEYC Conference Sessions

Each year, we are honored to present sessions on the role of music in early childhood at the conference! Read sample session descriptions below. If you have questions, please contact the Music Together In-School Services Department:

Music Learning Supports All Learning!

Music and movement activities that naturally support children’s development in key early learning domains.

Wednesday, November 14, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM · Washington Convention Center - Room 140AB

In today’s standards and assessments-driven educational climate, having tools to support children’s development in fun and holistic ways has become even more paramount, especially in early childhood. In this interactive session, participants will be introduced to the ways in which they can use enjoyable and developmentally appropriate music and movement activities to naturally support children’s learning and development in key developmental domains, regardless of music ability. Join us as we break down the connections between music-making and early learning domains, present recent research in the field, discuss the importance of primary caregivers, analyze preschool classroom footage, and explore music and movement activity ideas and techniques that participants can use right away in their work with children.

Presented by: Lili M. Levinowitz, PhD., Professor Emeritus, Rowan University/Director of Research, Music Together Worldwide; Lauren Guilmartin, MA, Director of Early Learning, Music Together Worldwide

Tune that Brain!

Developmentally appropriate adult-child music activities that support infant and toddler brain development.

Thursday, November 15, 8:00AM—9:30 AM · Washington Convention Center - Room 146A

Music can be an enjoyable and natural way for educators to support the development of important structural changes, neurological processes, and cognitive skills during the infant and toddler years—the most active time of brain development. In this interactive workshop, participants will experience music activities that support brain development, learn key concepts and terms, hear about recent research in this field, and practice specific techniques to use when interacting musically with infants and toddlers to best support brain development in these earliest years. Participants will leave this session with a deeper understanding of music’s impact on the developing brain and how to further support this development through specific musical interactions.

Presented by: Lili M. Levinowitz, PhD., Professor Emeritus, Rowan University/Director of Research, Music Together Worldwide; Ellen Acuna, Early Childhood Music Specialist, Music Together Worldwide