Music: The Magic Motivation for Language and Literacy
Date & Time
Wednesday, May 16, 2001
9 AM-12 PM
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Administration Building
2111 Snow Road Parma, Ohio
$35 CAMLS Members
$45 Affiliate libraries
$117 Non-members

Fee includes coffee and materials

Deadline: Wednesday, May 09, 2001
Limit: 35
Research has demonstrated that young children benefit from a variety of music experiences. Teachers and librarians can enrich children's learning by incorporating music and movement into story sharing experiences. This workshop focuses on the connections between music experiences and emerging literacy. This session will also introduce a variety of specific activities that are developmentally appropriate for young children. The format includes interactive learning that is designed to encourage the recognition that everyone is a musician. Participants will be involved in creating their own plan for implementation of key musical activities.
Intended Audience
Adults working with children and families to build a greater appreciation of the diverse ways children learn, including a variety of music experiences
Benefit to Participants
  • Gain greater appreciation for the value of music experiences for young children
  • Explore a variety of appropriate musical experiences for young children
  • Discuss the significance early musical experiences have on the development of literacy
  • Identify strategies that promote children's enjoyment of music and movement
  • Describe resources available to create music/movement experiences
  • Develop a personal plan for application to story sharing
Course Content
  • Understanding the role of music in early literacy
  • Identifying participantsí individual strengths and areas to improve as related to creating and sharing music experiences with young children
  • Selecting developmentally appropriate music activities for children
  • Locating resources for music and movement with stories
  • Designing implementation plans for integrating music with story sharing
  • Connecting parents with resources
Dr. ReJean Schulte is an associate professor of early childhood education at Cuyahoga Community College. In addition to being active in the Cleveland Association for Education of Young Children, ReJean serves on the Professional Development Panel of the National Association for Education of Young Children. She has presented at several state and national conferences on active learning and the importance of early music experiences.