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. 

Exciting Opportunities for NJMEA Elementary Music Educators!


Webinars for Elementary Music Educators! Earn PD in your PJS!


The five fall webinars are “Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom”, “Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom”, “Using Technology as an Ice Breaker in Your Elementary Music Classroom”, “Flipping the Elementary Music Classroom,” and “Four Seesaw Activities in the Elementary Music Classroom”. In all of these webinars, Amy shows how to use technological tools to showcase students’ musical works, how to get your music curriculum onto your parents’ mobile devices, how to assess elementary music students, how to create ice breakers with book creator (bookcreator.com – web-based and ios) and google forms (web-based), how to flip your music classroom (using explain everything), and Seesaw Activities. Go to this web address and follow the directions on how to receive PD credit: http://amymburns.com/webinars/ 

Newest Webinar!

The newest webinar for elementary music educators is: “Ten Tech Tools to Assist an Elementary Music Teacher for a Concert!” found at http://mustech.net/2018/01/ten-tech-tools-assist-elementary-music-teacher-concert-webinar/

I wrote a 10-part series counting down to the a webinar (and the new year) that goes into all of the tools. NJMEA members can receive PD credits by writing a summary and answering the question at the end of the webinar.

If the timing is too long, you can also use this to explore one or two tools. The post gives a description of the tool and the timeline shows you where you can find it in the webinar. I hope that it helps!
NJSMA PD Workshops!
“It’s Elementary, My Dear!” featuring Ardith Collins, Brian Hunter, Maureen Butler, and Catherine Flynn on topics such as ukuleles, music activities for grades 4-6, and music for students with autism spectrum disorder. This day ends with an elementary choral reading session with Trish Joyce! Saturday, February 10, from 9:30-12:30 at Chatham Middle School. To register: https://njyouthchorus.org/itselementaryreg



 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 –