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ECMMA Guest Room

Periodically, we hear from writers who wish to submit one article, or a short series of articles to the ECMMA Blog area. We now have a place, ECMMA Guest Room, for such writings.
We look forward to hear from many members of the ECMMA community.

Meaningful Music

Becky Wellman, PhD, MT-BC, DT is a nationally board certified music therapist and Illinois state certified developmental therapist. She has a private practice in the Chicago suburbs providing services for young children with special needs and older adults with memory loss. Dr. Wellman is also an adjunct professor of Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.

Music’s Expanding Boundaries

Andrea Apostoli is Presidente AIGAM (Associazione Italiana Gordon per l'Apprendimento Musicale).
In this capacity, he trains and certifies dozens of Italian teachers each year in early childhood methodologies using Gordon Music Learning Theory concepts. His classes range from teacher preparation coursework, to classes for expectant parents and their preborn children, to regular parented music/movement classes, to professional concerts for parents and their preschool children. Andrea travels to the United States periodically to renew friendships with many of his Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) friends.

Notes from the Music Classroom

Joann Benson, ECMMA's columnist to the MENC community, is an elementary vocal/general music teacher in suburban Maryland. She has been featured in Teaching Music Magazine, and is well known in MENC general music circles. Joann earned her Bachelor of Music in performance from Mansfield University, and her masters degree in music education at Towson University. She has 15 years of teaching experience in New York and Maryland, and her goal is to NOT teach the same year 30 times.

The Parent Connection

The Parent Connection focuses on music learning during those miraculous years during which every child is a prodigy – early childhood. As a parent, grandparent, music teacher for 40+ years, music teacher educator, and early childhood music and movement specialist, Dr. Townsend brings a broad perspective to ideas and issues affecting parents and families.

Dr. Townsend has headed the music teacher education program and directed the instrumental program at Maranatha Baptist University since 1996. In that capacity, he teaches early childhood music and movement classes daily at the university's Kiddie Kampus, teaching infants through 4 year old children.

Movement Matters

After many years of making music with children, Eve Kodiak, M.M., became interested in the brain/body processes that underlie the learning process. As an Educational Kinesiologist, she now works with people of all ages, using music and developmental movement to create positive change. Eve can be found in her office at The Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine in Cambridge, MA, or at home in New Hampshire, writing and recording. Her CD/book sets include Rappin' on the Reflexes and Feelin' Free, which combine developmental movements with songs, raps, and narrations with music. Eve also performs and records as an improvising classical pianist. More information and articles on music and developmental movement may be found at www.evekodiak.com.

 
 
 
 

ECMMA Blogs

ECMMA Guest Room
ECMMA Special Guests
Meaningful Music
Becky Wellman
The Parent Connection
Rick Townsend
Movement Matters
Eve Kodiak
Music's Expanding Boundaries
Andrea Apostoli

Latest Posts

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily promote official policy of ECMMA.

March 2017

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In this edition:

Board Notes

From Arielle Richter, VP Social Media:
Happy March, ECMMA members! The snow is starting to melt (at least in Boston) and the birds are just beginning to chirp. I can smell spring in the air!

I am Arielle Richter, VP Social Media. I live in Braintree, MA, with my husband and my 18-month old son, Benjamin, who loves music (of course). I am often on Facebook sharing pictures of him, so I

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February 2017

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In this edition:

 

Board Notes

From Erika Cincotta (Vice President, Membership):

It dipped below freezing last night for the third night in a row, and as much as I look forward to warmer weather, I try to remind myself to cherish the season--the snow clinging to the trees, the icy ground gleaming in the sunlight, and the ever present front range of the majestic Rocky Mountains in all its winter splendor.

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December 2016

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In this edition:

 

Board Notes

From Jennie Mulqueen, Past President:

On the morning and through the day of November 9, 2016, one personal mandate shone through: I needed to sing. Like a primal survival instinct, the urge took hold at my center and gradually pulsed through my entire being. And so I have been singing - with a renewed purpose and meaning. While my life is moving away from being a full time music teacher towards the

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ECMMA Revised By-Laws

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Dear ECMMA Membership,

 

We are excited to inform you that in keeping with the evolving ECMMA organization, our revised bylaws have been passed by the ECMMA Board and can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Please contact Diana Greene with questions and concerns: dgreene@ecmma.org

We look forward to our continued service in governance of the ECMMA! 

 

Jennie Mulqueen,

ECMMA President

Daddy-Daughter Inclusion

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It’s the truth of our work that there are just some kids and their families who touch our hearts more than others. They present special challenges or responses to music that simply make a bigger imprint than others. McKenna is one of these clients. I first met McKenna and her awesome family when she was about 18 months old. She has a rare disorder which causes seizures, problems with hearing and vision, muscular-skeletal issues, cognitive delays, and limited growth. She tried going to school,

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The Culture of the Children: Bringing Developmental Play Into the Classroom

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In February, I had the honor of addressing over seventy teachers for the Bay Area Montessori Association. I had spent a couple of days previous visiting a large preschool. I arrived at 7:30 in the morning, but there were already several children there, under the age of five. They were sitting at the little tables, drawing and looking at picture books. They wouldn’t go home until dinnertime.

I am by no means a Montessori expert. But as I read some of Maria Montessori’s books, I was struck by

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Going with the Flow

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Kids crave structure. We know this from our training and experience. Some days, the structure just makes it more challenging. This can be especially true with come of our children with special needs. Leaning to go with the flow while still keeping control is a skill that can help all of our sessions go more smoothly. Here are some ways to work through this.

Give choices: Kids love to be “in charge”. Allowing choices gives them this freedom and power within our own structure. I’ve used

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Why We Move

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Join me and dancer Linda Ugelow for a weekend of movement, reflection, music and personal transformation at Rowe Camp in the Berkshires April 17-19 for Change Your Movement, Change Your Life!

I’ve been thinking about movement . . . and how, in our modern world, we consider it as something added to our lives – Exercise. Play. Sports. Yoga.

But it’s something we are designed to do all the time. It’s not just optional. It’s absolutely necessary for us to do it if our bodies and minds are

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Autism Awareness/Acceptance

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Over the years I’ve worked with some fabulous children and families with autism. For this Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month I feel compelled to share a little of what I’ve learned from them.

There is comfort in repetition and routine: Many of our children with autism engage in repetitive behaviors. While some see this as distressing, it really can bring comfort to our kids. On a whim one day I matched the tempo of my song to my client’s movement. He stopped for a minute smiled and went back

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Part 3: Lorna Heyge – Circle of Inspiration

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In the previous two articles, we discussed Lorna’s pre-Musikgarten life and the events that led up to the Musikgarten curriculum. Portrait of a Pioneer focused on her early years, and on the experiences that led to her initial early childhood music and movement curriculum development in the United States. Growth of a Vision addressed the Kindermusik years and the early collaborations that were most influential in her thinking as the Kindermusik curriculum developed from its earliest days as

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