Music Together®, the national early childhood music and movement program developed in Princeton, N.J., is offering a three-day teacher training workshop at the Goshen College Music Center from Feb. 28 to March 2, 2014. The cost of the three-day workshop is $475.
The teacher training is open to anyone who wants an overview of music development, including parents, professors, teachers and students. Workshop participants will learn Music Together’s research-based approach to teaching music and movement to children from birth through kindergarten.
Upon successful completion of the training, participants will be eligible to teach Music Together parent-child or preschool classes, either at an existing Music Together center or by applying for a license to open and operate a Music Together center of their own. No formal academic degrees are required.
Participants will learn to assess children’s rhythmic and tonal development, techniques for presenting musical material and strategies for lesson planning. There will be live early childhood music demonstration classes on each day of the workshop, using the Music Together curriculum.
Since 1987, Kenneth K. Guilmartin, founder and director of Music Together LLC and coauthor of Music Together, has been a pioneer in teaching parents and caregivers how to nurture their children’s musical growth.
“The whole purpose of the Music Together program is to enable children, as well as the adults participating with them, to become more comfortable with musical expression, and to develop musically at their own pace,” Guilmartin said. “Childhood music development is a natural process just like language development.”
Recent research shows that children’s innate ability to make music is strongly supported as they observe familiar adults actively engaging in making music. This is possible regardless of the adult’s own musical ability. Music making is fun and engaging for children, parents and teachers, and as a highly beneficial side effect, contributes to the development of language and other intelligences, including spatial and mathematical.
The Music Together approach to early childhood music is taught worldwide at more than 50 teacher trainings per year. (For more information, visit www.musictogether.com.) Licensed Music Together teachers currently teach children in parent-child and preschool classes in approximately 2,000 communities in 49 states and over 20 countries. In addition, many teachers trained by Music Together apply the curriculum and philosophy in preschools and childcare centers.
Graduate credits, Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available for completion of the teacher training. For additional information about the workshop or to register, visit our website www.musictogether.com, or contact Lisa Chouteau at (800) 728-2692 x329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.