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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Learning Supports All Learning!
How music and movement activities can naturally support children’s development in key early learning domains.
Wednesday, November 15, 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM · Room B316
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 enjoyable and developmentally appropriate music and movement activities can 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, 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
Feel that Rhythm!
Naturally support children’s emerging math skills through active and enjoyable music experiences
Thursday, November 16, 8 AM—9:30 AM · Room B210
Songs, rhythmic chants, and movement activities are enjoyable ways to holistically support young children’s emerging math skills. In this interactive workshop, participants will experience developmentally appropriate music and movement activities that naturally support children’s exploration of math concepts, such as pattern, sequence, representation, proportion, and opposite. Regardless of music ability, participants will come away from this session with music activity ideas they can use right away in their work with children to support them in developing a foundation for future mathematical learning.
Presented by: Ellen Acuna & Michelle Jamail, Early Childhood Music Specialists, Music Together Worldwide
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Enrich your classroom with an approach to music education that is accessible and enjoyable for both children and adults!
Thursday, November 16, 3 PM—4:30 PM · Room B310
For young children, developmentally appropriate, informal music instruction (very different from music “lessons”!) is essential to their music development, and includes songs that are active, playful, and challenging at a variety of physical, emotional, and cognitive levels. Children also need a rich variety of tonalities and meters to develop a music “vocabulary” that can express the music of our culture. Come to this interactive session and experience great songs that bring developmental benefits to children, learn developmentally appropriate song-leading techniques, be introduced to the many ways you can use music in the classroom, and learn about the vital role adults play in children’s music development and engagement, regardless of music “talent”.
Grandes Comienzos Track - session conducted in Spanish
Presented by: Gerry Dignan, Music Specialist, recording artist and performer, Music Together Worldwide; Ana Trevino-Godfrey, DMA, Early Childhood Music Specialist, Music Together Worldwide
Going Beyond the A-B-C Song:
Fun and engaging music activities that naturally support children's developing language and literacy skills
Friday, November 17, 8AM—9:30 AM · Room B209
Explore how and why the content and process of developmentally appropriate music activities can support young children's language development. Through presenter-led music activities, participants will come to better understand the connections between language learning and music making through analyzing aspects of language learning inherent in music activity. Recent research findings linking music and language learning will also be reviewed. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of to use music to naturally support important areas of language learning, including: phonological awareness, vocabulary development, print awareness, active listening skills, and creative storytelling –all while having fun!
Presented by: Lauren Guilmartin, MA, Director of Early Learning, Music Together Worldwide; Lili M. Levinowitz, PhD., Professor Emeritus, Rowan University/Director of Research, Music Together Worldwide
Feed that Brain Some Music!
Developmentally appropriate adult-child music activities that support infant and toddler brain development
Friday, November 17, 10:00AM—11:30 AM · Room B403
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