This workshop will examine how perspectives on the spirit of musical play might transform our practices in early childhood music and, more broadly, our musical culture. When we make music to keep the soul alive, as Stuart Brown suggests we should, how might we intentionally shift cultural biases away from perfectionistic performance to soulful experience? Jumping off from Laban’s theory of creative movement, workshop participants will reflect on the very nature of innate impulse for movement. Is this the same as the innate impulse for play? How can we cultivate an understanding of the importance of intrinsic motivation in early childhood music and movement contexts?
Jennie Mulqueen grew up with her mother reminding her of the time in third grade when she quit all of her after school activities so she could have time to play. A lifelong advocate, Jennie sees play as essential for deep learning and healthy being. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, a M.Ed. in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University, and a M.Div. from Boston University. She has been teaching early childhood music for over twenty years and holds Level II Certification from Music Together, Level I Orff, and is working towards Level 1 Dalcroze certification at the Winchester Community Music School in Winchester, MA. Jennie is currently completing a six year term on the ECMMA board as Past President. As she works towards becoming an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she is committed to a career buoyed by playful music as spiritual practice.