"Sit Still and Listen!" "Pay Attention!"
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.
Cathy Mathia is an internationally known early childhood music educator. Ever since she was a young child, Cathy wanted to be a teacher. She loves musical play with children and their families; it is one of her greatest joys!
Cathy founded a music school, East Dallas Children's Music, in 1989 and her school offers all levels of the Musikgarten curricula. She currently employs two additional teachers and an administrative assistant, and has an enrollment of over 130 children and adult keyboard students.
Having earned Bachelor's degrees in Organ Performance and Music Therapy, a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting, and completing extensive study in early childhood music, movement, and child development, Cathy has been involved in music education for over 30 years. Prior to founding her music school, she worked in the Piano Preparatory Department at Southern Methodist University, where she taught early childhood classes, private and group piano for children and undergraduates, and supervised preparatory department graduate assistants.
Cathy is co-author of the God's Children Sing curriculum published by Musikgarten. She is a former president of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, an international association of music and movement educators and therapists, and was awarded a life-time membership for her service. Cathy is Level 3-certified by ECMMA, the highest level currently attainable, and she currently serves as Level 1 Certification Chair.
Passionate about the importance of music & movement in the lives of children and adults, and passionate about teaching, Cathy has been a Musikgarten Teacher Educator since 1995, leading their in-person workshops across the United States and in Canada, Taiwan, and China, and more recently, webinars. Consistently praised by her workshop participants for her creative, informative, and fun workshops, she is a sought-after speaker and clinician at both early childhood and children's choral music conferences.