Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Awakening Young Ears to Music

Music can express emotions by arousing them in the child. Music can be agitated, restless, triumphant, or calm since it can possess the character of the bodily movements which are involved in the moods and emotions that are given these names. Music thus distills certain aspects of human expressive behavior, especially that of the voice-which is our focus with young children and renders those aspects into dynamic musical shapes. This training addresses how teachers can further enable children to express themselves through singing, moving to music, and dancing (locomotor and non-locomotor).

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Who should join?

You don’t need to know music to participate. Just come and learn how to support children in exploring music!

Music teachers, preschool and elementary teachers, physical education teachers, and those who would like to teach children the latest trends in music education.

Dr. Ibrahim H. Baltagi

Meet the Expert

Dr. Ibrahim H. Baltagi

Dr. Ibrahim H. Baltagi is lecturer at the Lebanese American University and has previously served as professor of music education at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and Baldwin Wallace University; and has served as a teaching associate at The Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in music education from The Ohio State University, and his Masters in Music and Kodály certification from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. Dr. Baltagi’s certifications include the Kodály methodology from Zoltan Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet; Orff Schulwerk training from University of Saint Thomas, and The Ohio State University in Columbus; a diploma in clarinet performance from the Conservatoire National de Boulogne; and a two-year certification in Creating Original Opera Program from Yale University and the Metropolitan Opera of New York. Dr. Baltagi’s extensive experience includes offering numerous workshops in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, UAE, Malaysia, Cyprus and the United States; as well as publishing a number of articles in the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education. Dr. Baltagi has published a series of music books for children in French, English, and Arabic entitled Let’s Read and Write Music and Music Garden. The Series is child centered with procedures and suggestions that have been shaped by numerous discussions with music teachers and my own research and observations. Let’s Read and Write Music provides a comprehensive approach to music teaching that positions music performance, movement, age-appropriate repertoire, instruments, music literacy skills, music creativity, and music listening as the basis for a music education.

Learning Outcomes

-      Have a deeper understanding about the relationship between early childhood development and music education

-      Practice singing simple songs with accurate pitch and appropriate tone quality that can be used in the classroom

-      Be acquainted with a wide range of teaching strategies to integrate music across the curriculum, including leading children in group singing

-      Havehands on experience with developmentally appropriate methods to help young children be expressive with music including rhythm, patterns, singing, dancing, moving, and clapping to the beat

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