Music therapy and music education in early childhood development

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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.

Kathleen M. Howland is a certified music therapist and licensed speech language pathologist. For the past 30 years, she has worked with a variety of clinical populations using music to enhance speech, language, cognition and movement in habilitation and rehabilitation settings. Her doctoral studies in music and cognition have informed and supported her interest in bridging the communities of science, specifically neuroscience, and art in order to identify best practices. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at The Boston Conservatory, Berklee School of Music and Boston University. This provides her the opportunity to bring clinical work into the classroom and academic resources to clinical work. She is a strong believer and advocate for the power and beauty of music from fetal life to the end of life.

Learning Objectives

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophy and practice of music therapy

2.  Demonstrate knowledge about opportunities for collaboration between music education and music therapy