ECMMA offers four learning tracks at our biennial convention to bring together practitioners from many specialties to interact with and learn from each other. We are proud to partner with the Early Childhood Music Special Research Interest Group (ECM SRIG), offering opportunities for practitioners and researchers to encourage each other’s work. Pedagogy, movement, therapy, research.



Choose a session type or track below to see the presenters that will be at the Move Along, Catch a Song Convention in Salt Lake City June 26-29.



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Singing Games and Folk Dances for All Ages

Leslie Timmons
Movement Track

Singing Games and Folk Dances for All Ages

Meet your fellow conference attendees in this interactive movement session. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes!

 


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Keynote Address

Linda Robinson
Keynote Presenter

The Greater Atlanta Chapter of ECMMA and Jean Ellen Linkins are proud to co-sponsor Linda Robinson's keynote address.

We are excited to welcome Linda Robinson, the founding President of ECMMA, as the keynote presenter at the Move Along, Catch a Song Convention. 

Celebrating our Journey - Poised for New Pathways is the title of Linda's keynote address. 

Linda invites you to reflect, imagine and participate. 

To reflect on your personal journey with early childhood music and movement


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Breakout Session: Jo Kirk: "TIP TOE to DO-SI-DO: A Movement Sequence for Greater Success in Your Classroom"

Jo Kirk
Track

This ”energy packed/hands-on” session focuses on the development of the child’s movement, coordination, and musical skills. Exploring a variety of developmentally appropriate movement experiences, songs, finger plays, and singing games, participants will examine a movement sequence (simple to complex–solitary play to cooperative play) and acquire knowledge and skills to implement these strategies.


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Breakout Session: Susanne Burgess: "Slip, Slide ... Snakes Glide! Making meaning through movement, music, and rhyme"

Susanne Burgess
Track

In this session participants will engage in a multisensory exploration of opposites through the rich imagery found in Denise Fleming’s In the Tall, Tall Grass. Through this engaging children’s book we will merge experiences moving, playing instruments, and decoding and encoding text and images to compose new works and notate them. This work targets emergent readers for whom movement and music deepen literary understanding and expression, offering multiple modalities through which to demonstrate comprehension and creativity. 


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Learning Through the Arts: The Language of Dance

Mary Ann Lee
Movement Track

Using the children’s book, Red Sings from the Treetops, by Joyce Sidman as a springboard for dance and music, participants will move, investigate, create, and contextualize.  We shall move through the rhythm of words, note value, musical forms and create a narrative, poetry and dance based on seasons and colors.  


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Breakout Session: Sandra Minton: "Moving and Dancing the Curriculum"

Sandra Minton
Track

Children seem to remember information better when they are actively engaged. One way to achieve engagement is to use movement as a teaching tool. Children love to move and movement adds an element of novelty and fun to lessons. Justification of movement-based teaching can also be found in a number of educational theories; in research done on creative problem solving; and in recent discoveries in the neurosciences.


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Breakout Session: Amy Johnson: "Creative Movement: Teaching Children to Be Competent Movers and Expressive Individuals"

Amy Johnson
Track

When asked about creative movement, many have the image of turning on music and letting movement happen. Free dance, as many would call it. In order for children to truly benefit from and achieve success through creative movement, they must first have a movement foundation to base their movements upon. Creative movement is more than imitating a teacher and for true improvisation, children must have skills in movement. Through the development of skills, children will become competent movers and expressive individuals.


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Breakout Session: Rick Townsend: "Engaging Laban: Aesthetic Connection in Early Childhood Music Classes"

Rick Townsend
Track

Movement activities serve many important purposes in our early childhood music classes -  including metric/rhythmic development, classroom management and physical/emotional/mental development just to name a few. Where do aesthetic outcomes fit into this picture? In this workshop, Dr. Townsend a) defines the Aesthetic Process, b) describes aesthetic outcomes for young musicians, c) explains Laban’s theories as they relate to the subject and d) addresses Laban-based activities that can help our young children develop their own aesthetic sensitivities.


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1-2-3 Flow!

Dr. Patricia Gingras
Movement Track

Children of all ages express themselves by moving to music. The first step in this process is the development of rhythm skills. We've all seen young children moving to the beat; yet, research has suggested that providing activities that allow children to move with continuous flow motion (which encourages them to feel the space between the beats) is just as important to rhythmic development. Explore fun-filled and creative flow movement activities suitable for young children so that you, too, can say, "1, 2, 3, flow!"


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FROM FIGHT, FLIGHT, FREEZE! TO BREATHE, SMILE, MOVE!

Ms Eve Kodiak
Movement Track

We tend to look upon behaviors - both ours and our students - as voluntary. But when our survival systems are activated, none of us is totally acting out of choice. Our primitive reflexes take over until the brain/body system signals that we are safe. We'll learn how to recognize when Fight, Flight, and Freeze! are at play. We will also learn ways - both in one-on-one and group situations - to redirect and release these primitive reflexes and bring ourselves and our students to a place of choice. Music and movement games are wonderful integration tools! Handouts provided.


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"Sit Still and Listen!" "Pay Attention!"

Cathy Mathia
Movement Track

But how can they? Their wiggly bodies need to move. When our children have opportunities to move and sing purposefully in a joy-filled environment, they have the energy to sit and listen. This session’s activities emphasize body control, language development, working in groups, and learning concepts. Join us as we experience a variety of activities from the core areas of music learning: Move, Listen, Sing and Play. 
 


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Guided imagery, movement, and mindfulness in Early Childhood Education

Alexia Buono
Movement Track

In this movement session, we will explore and discover ways of moving creatively, mindfully, and expressively in early childhood classrooms and settings, as well as how to exercise guided imagery meditations with young children. We will discuss and practice ways of creating a safe external environment and personal internal space for movement within the classroom culture. Noticing where we are, as adults, with our own Body and movements is an important first step to integrating movement and mindfulness with young children.


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Saving kitties and hunting for gold: Storytelling through music and movement in early childhood

Dr. Elisabeth Etopio, Ms. Casey Bellafaire
Movement Track

Explore elements of storytelling in this session as we become fearless pirates, awesome dinosaurs, neighborhood superheroes, and more! Participants will engage in music and movement experiences designed to capture young children's imagination, cultivate creativity, and build essential listening and speaking vocabularies foundational to music learning. Strategies and skills for implementing a variety of music and movement stories will be shared.


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Music Learning Theory: An Introduction

Hannah Creviston
Movement Track

What is Music Learning Theory? What is audiation? How do we develop each child's innate potential for music learning? How do we encourage active participation? Am I teaching in the way that children learn? This session will introduce music learning theory and its basic principles, as well as giving various activities and ways to incorporate its basics this teaching method into your everyday teaching routine.


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