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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.

 
 
 
 

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

Welcome to Movement Matters

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Welcome to Movement Matters!   We can talk about anything we like in this blog, because there is nothing that is not movement.  Very little of the universe is solid, and none of it stands still.   Scientists are now telling us that the physical world - tables, chairs, apples, oranges, our own bodies, even our planet Earth – is just a series of wave forms that move slowly enough for us to sense them.

In this blog, we'll explore different kinds of movements, and the ways that they affect our brain-body systems.  Midline movements, infant reflexes, movements for calming babies. Movements that help us with classroom management, or “teach” a song, or integrate gross and fine motor coordination with listening and the voice . . . the list is endless!  We'll refine our awareness, learn to notice the  "language" of movement, and turn our perceptions into powerful tools for learning and growth.

Send in your questions and concerns.  Click on links that inform and inspire. And watch for Movement Bites - a mini-blog of simple, effective movement activities.

I look forward to some wonderful conversations!

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Kevin Poston Jan 30, 2011

Hello!

I’m hoping you might be able to help me with ideas as I prepare for an teachers’ conference for which I am presenting. This is the first time I’m presenting on this specific topic, and I’m looking for my colleagues’ input.

I am presenting to general preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-2 teachers, mostly with minimal background in music and movement education. I only have an hour with the pre-k and k group, and an hour with the 1-2 group.

So, if you were in my shoes, what would you consider the highest priorities to convey to these teachers? How can I best maximize the time I have? How can I spark their interest so they continue to learn more after?

Thanks in advance for any ideas and suggestions you can provide!

Kevin grin

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