ECMMA 2014 Convention

Grow in Harmony

Important Dates:

Sunday, June 22, 2014:  Last date to register to attend the ECMMA 2014 Grow in Harmony Convention. Registration for OFF SITE attendance will be accepted through the beginning of convention. NO rooms available on site at Simpsonwood.

Sunday, June 22, 2014: 3:30 pm, Convention check-in begins. General session begins at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014:  Closing Session ends at 12:00 pm

Learn more about the ECMMA 2014 Grow in Harmony Convention from the site co-chairs, Jan Boner and Louise Betsch

Join the harmony and learn from prominent Early Childhood Music Specialists:No

            John Feierabend, First Steps in Music & Conversational Solfege
            Ken GuilmartinMusic Together
            Jill Hannagan,  Musikgarten
            Lynn Kleiner,  Music Rhapsody
            Carol Penney,  Kindermusik
            Suzi Tortora,  Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist
 Four choices of breakout tracks:  Movement, Music Therapy, Pedagogy and Research.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo - She was recently inducted into the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to music education over an extended period of time.
Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group (EC SRIG) of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is joining us to share their peer-reviewed research.The NAfME Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group (EC SRIG) is honored to become a part of the ECMMA 2014 International Biennial Convention. As determined by the EC SRIG Regional Representatives, this partnership will allow EC SRIG members the opportunity to participate in ECMMA keynote and breakout sessions, and to share their peer-reviewed research with each other and with members of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. 
Join the fun and stay at the Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center in the secluded woodlands in the heart of metropolitan Atlanta. With modest room rates and delicious meals, even if you live in the area, you will want to stay overnight to enjoy the full benefits of the convention including evening sessions and activities as well as the opportunity for informal learning and sharing. If you choose to stay off site, Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center charges a commuter fee that covers your use of the facility and includes lunch, dinner and a snack. This fee is not optional and is in addition to the ECMMA Convention fee.

Who should join the harmony?

All those who work with young children (birth – age seven) and are interested in incorporating music and movement in their work: music educators, music therapists, movement educators,  dance professors, teachers, students, preschool teachers, physical education teachers, early childhood educators and specialists to name a few!

Come to grow and get the credit you need!

Georgia: Bright from the Start. ECMMA is excited to offer 4 clock hours of qualified Bright from the Start teacher training (Conference code:TR-BFTS-4658). This special session has been designed for and is offered exclusively to Georgia teachers. This Bright from the start session qualifies under the Georgia: Bright from the Start ECE (Early Care and Education Professional Competency Goals) —3 —To advance physical and intellectual competence. Bright From the Start Calendar

This special Bright from the Start session will begin with our keynote speaker, Dr Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo. Dr Jordan-DeCarbo is renowned in the field of early childhood music and movement. Following the keynote address, two more classes are scheduled with Dr Mary Louise Wilson and Karen McIver, both well-known early childhood music and movement presenters.

These classes will focus on helping the preschool teacher better understand the importance of music in the developmental areas of childhood development – particularly language, motor, cognitive, listening and social/emotional. Participants will be actively involved, enabling them to experience some teaching strategies and activities that they may use to enhance their own curricula. Participants will also learn new and developmentally appropriate activities representing diverse cultures and styles which will enable them to incorporate these ethnic music and movement activities in their own classrooms.

Because of the special guidelines set forth by the Georgia: Bright from the Start program, this session is only open to those who teach in the state of Georgia and who need this certificate as required by the state. This session is limited to 30 participants.

Session will be held on Monday,  June 23 from 12:00 to 5:30 pm. Fee:  $50. This includes lunch and afternoon snack as well as four clock hours of training at level ECE – 3, and certificate. Use the link on this page to register. When registering, choose the “Commuting – OFF Site Stay” option and then choose the Georgia,  Bright from the Start session.

Graduate Credit is offered through Maranatha online.

CEUs and CMTEs are available for your professional Development.

Come early or stay late to enjoy Atlanta’s many attractions including Stone Mountain, GA Aquarium, High Museum of Art, Coca-Cola  Museum, and the new giant Sky View Atlanta Ferris Wheel,  almost 20 stories high!

Click here to register now

Link to Housing Registration

Link for Exhibitors

 Why play a solo when you can join the harmony and grow with us!