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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Bridging art and science: using neuroscience to understand and advocate for music education

Kathleen Howland
Music Therapy Track
1 of 3 required sessions for CMTE 2 - see other required sessions

This session will review neuroscience research from the final trimester in the womb through preschool regarding music and cognition. We will look at the innate propensity for music and how to optimally develop that aptitude. We will consider how music cultivates language and cognition and the roles that parents and music education can play in this development. We will consider this early development in music in well aging. I believe that the only thing more important than music in optimal human development and functioning is love.


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Sustaining Our Spirit to Teach

Susan Kaplan
Trainer, Holistic Wellness

“….the more one loves teaching, the more heart-breaking it can be.”

Parker Palmer says “We became teachers for reasons of the heart, animated by a passion for [music] and for helping people to learn. But many of use lose heart as the years of teaching go by.” Any number of things can affect our spirit, such as changing teaching standards, the type and number of students, and how we feel we belong in the wider school community.


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Music therapy and music education in early childhood development

Dr. Kathleen Howland
Music Therapy Track
1 of 3 required sessions for CMTE 2 - see other required sessions

This session will look at the intersections and correlations of music education and music therapy in early childhood. This session will distinguish the main tenets of each and the opportunities for collaborating to meet the needs of neurotypical children as well as those with special needs. This session will include the works of Edwin Gordon (my mentor) as well as those of preeminent neuroscientists studying music and movement, language and cognition.


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Engaging & Healing Differences: Five Habits of the Heart*

Susan Kaplan
Music Therapy Track

Engaging & Healing Differences focuses on Five Habits of the Heart, a practice of fresh and meaningful conversations.  Using the Five Habits of the Heart, you will experience how to use these habits through movement ideas, reflection activities and songs. This program creates a safe place to talk about what really matters in our schools.  Conflicts arise between students (and adults) often based on differences ~ of opinions & beliefs, across racial or religious differences, based on external distinctions (i.e.


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Renew Your Spirit: Explore the Seeds of Your Teaching Work

Susan Kaplan
Music Therapy Track

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

As teachers we have dedicated our professional and personal life to serving others. Yet many of us experience teaching as demanding and challenging, as we face the daily tensions of meeting the needs of our students in a complicated system that doesn’t always support our vision.


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Music Therapy Interventions to Support Social Development in Early Childhood Inclusion Classrooms

Dr Andrew Knight
Music Therapy Track
1 of 3 required sessions for CMTE 1 - see other required sessions

During this session, participants will experience ways to design clinical interventions for the early-childhood inclusion classroom to support the development of social skills for all students. Skills include joint attention, turn-taking, greetings and responses. Participants will be introduced to relevant social development theories, research, and resources.


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Keep Singing YOUR Tune, and Families will Dance Right into Your Studio!

Ms Jane Spinney
Pedagogy & Music Therapy Track

Keep singing and moving to your tune! With passion, dedication and determination, your song will be heard by families who will dance right to you and your studio. This session endeavors to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit to build and grow a successful early childhood music & piano studio. Business strategies to be explored include: how to start, creating a mission statement, advertising & recruitment, time management, social media tools, accounting, taxes and more.


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