Early Childhood Music

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Amy Burns
Far Hills Country Day School



Early childhood music is defined as music for students ages zero to eight. This page will assist music educators with resources that they can utilize in their early childhood music programs. In addition, this page will also list early childhood music professional development events that will occur in the future. 


February-April Webinar: Burns_computer_photo

Earlier in the season, Dr. Missy Strong and I ventured to the Texas Music Educators Association (www.tmea.org) in coordination with the Technology for Music Education (www.ti-me.org) to present “Using Technology with the Feierabend Approach.” It was a highly attended session that showed Missy’s journey to using Dr. Feierabend’s First Steps and Conversational Solfege in her classroom as well as how Amy uses technology to enhance the concepts taught using the Feierabend Approach. For this season’s webinar, we are offering this session. Special thanks to SC music educator and elementary tech expert, Cherie Herring, for taking the video of the session.

To view it, please email Amy Burns at aburns@fhcds.org with your NJMEA/NAfME membership number and expiration date. If you would like 1 PD credit per webinar, please write Amy a summary of the webinar and answer the question, “What one item would you take from this webinar and explore further to use in your music classroom?”

Upcoming Events for Early Childhood/Elementary NJ Music Educators:

  • February 25: NJSMA will host a Saturday morning workshop that will offer several rotating sessions, featuring inspiring clinicians and topics. More details to follow.
  • April 5-8: The 2017 Eastern Division Conference in Atlantic City will feature some amazing presenters such as John Jacobson, Dr. Missy Strong, Lisa Wichman, Craig Knapp, Abigail Connors, Cherie Herring, Amy M. Burns, Elizabeth Bucura, Sharon Burch, and so many more! Don’t miss this wonderful event managed by NJMEA! Register today at http://www.nafme-eastern.org/index.php



 Denise Gagne’s Series (http://denisegagne.com/?page_id=13) – Denise has a plethora of materials from Sing and Play on Special Days to Alphabet Action Songs to Musicplay. All of these materials can be successfully used in PreK. 

 John M. Feierabend’s First Steps in Music Series (http://www.giamusic.com/products/P-5880.cfm) – Feierabend is one of the music education leaders and this series is excellent because he gives you books about songs and movement activities, uses repertoire based on folk or traditional songs and poems, gives you lesson plans and suggestions for setting up and class and preparing parents, and includes a nice classical component. 

 Music Together (http://www.musictogether.com/) – Music Together started in 1987 and its classes are based on the knowledge and recognition that all children are musical and can therefore achieve basic musical competence. Music Together offers resources, materials such as songbooks, CDs, instruments, and storybooks, and teacher training of their materials. 

National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Position on Early Childhood Music Education 
(https://musiced.nafme.org/about/position-statements/early-childhood-education/) – This position will assist you when advocating music education for your school’s PreK program. 

Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/doremigirl/preschool-early-elementary-music/) – When you input “preschool early elementary music” in the pinterest search bar, you will find numerous pins to explore. 

Teachers pay Teachers
(http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:PreK+music) – When you input “PreK music” in the search bar, over 200 results appear. 

 The Little Beethovens  (http://www.thelittlebeethovens.com/) – There are some great ideas for PreK music lessons on this site.

Early Childhood/Elementary Products:

Music is Elementary: http://www.musiciselementary.com/mie2/products.php
Rhythm Band

Instruments: http://www.rhythmband.com/products/EARLY%20CHILDHOOD.aspx

Wenger: http://www.wengercorp.com/teaching-tools/elementary-products.php 

West Music: http://www.westmusic.com/c/kids-and-movement

 Articles/Blog Posts About Pre-K Music:

“When PreK Music is Added to the Schedule” by Amy M. Burns – 

 “Pre-Kindegarten Week” by Cara Coffey – http://miscellaneousme.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/pre-kindergarten-weeks-3-4-vocal-exploration-part-1/

 “12 Tips for Managing a Difficult Preschool Music Class” by Kevin and Janice Tuck – http://funmusicco.com/classroom-music/music-teaching-ideas-for-pre-primary-classes/

 “Is It Ever Too Early To Start Learning Music? E-I-E-I-No!” by Abby Connors –