Early Exploration of Classroom Music Instruments
The use of musical instruments is very prevalent within our early childhood music classes. Additionally, multiple opportunities to play, explore, and create are integral parts of a quality music classroom experience. In this session, strategies and activities that allow children to explore and interact with classroom music instruments will be presented. These include literature integrations as well as early improvisatory activities. A discussion will occur regarding how these activities can provide a musical foundation for later, more structured musical activities in the upper elementary grades.
Dr. Michael Ruybalid is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Maryland, where he teaches courses in elementary general music education and supervises music interns. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Dr. Ruybalid was on the faculty of Southeastern Louisiana University, where he taught methods courses in early childhood, elementary, and secondary music education, and supervised student teachers. He earned his Ph.D. in music education from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Dr. Ruybalid taught PreK-12th grade music for eight years in both private and public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Ruybalid has presented several conference sessions and professional development workshops at the local, state, and national levels including sessions for NAfME state conferences in Oklahoma and Louisiana as well as the 2016 Organization of American Kodály Educators national conference in Long Beach. His research interests include the examination of student intentions regarding school music participation within the K-12 experience. Dr. Ruybalid holds Kodály certification (Levels 1-3), Orff-Schulwerk certification (Levels 1-3, Master Class with Chris Judah-Lauder) and Elementary Level 1 certification in Dr. Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory.