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ECMMA: Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Greater Atlanta

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Greater Atlanta Chapter of ECMMA

Chapter Officers: 

Co-President: Kristin Pugliese - kristin@hoteknacks.com

Co-President: Jenna Scanling - lennascanling@bellsouth.net

Past President: Louise Betsch

Secretary/Treasurer: Louise Betsch



Saturday, January 23, 2016

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We're looking forward to a wonderful, informative presentation by Dr. Mary Louise Wilson as she guides us in
"Nurturing the Musical Development of Babies." 
To assist in your experience, please bring with you (if possible) a stuffed animal or doll to be your "baby." 
You are always welcome to come without notice, but it is helpful for planning purposes if you let us know that you are coming. 
I've already heard from several of you, and I look forward to hearing from many more of you. 
Our workshops are a great time to learn, socialize ,network, and have some fun!

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Kennesaw State University*

Wilson Building

Room 114


A music class for babies?!  How could babies ever participate in a music class?  And what could they learn?

In this workshop we will explore ways to establish a rich music environment at such a critical time in a child's development.

Learn how to lead musical activities such as bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, singing, dancing, and moving.


Workshop fees:

Chapter members------$10.00

Non-Chapter Members-------$15.00


For planning purposes, please RSVP to Louise Betsch Lbetsch@att.netor 404-455-3606 by Wednesday, January 20.

The flyer containing all information is attached here.  See you Saturday!

Chapter workshop:


March 14, 2015

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Gary L Arnold, Clinician

Music Curriculum Spsecialist/Pearson Silver Burdett

“Songs and Stories Together with Classical Music”

A Workshop by Sally Guerrero 

Saturday, September 27


Room 114

Wilson Building

*Kennesaw State University


Spice up and enrich your PK-K classroom this season. Discover new ideas to teach and reinforce developmentally appropriate music skills with the holidays as a theme. Through the correlation of classical and world music, stories, songs, rhythms, and movement, you will delight, inspire and validate the musician in every child.


Sally Guerrero is the author of “Songs and Stories Together,” which is a wonderful resource for early childhood music teachers and classroom teachers.  She was a presenter at the 2014 ECMMA International Convention this past June, and attendees were impressed by the content and by Sally’s presentation style.


Fees for this workshop:


Chapter members…………..$10

Non-Chapter members……..$15

Students……………………. $3


RSVP to Louise Betsch lbetsch@att.netor 404-455-3606 by Wednesday, September 24.

*Kennesaw State University is located in Cobb County, 20 minutes north of Atlanta on I-75 one exit north of Town Center Mall.  Take the Chastain Road Exit number 271 and turn left if northbound (turn right is southbound.)

Go to the second light if northbound (first light is southbound) and turn right on to Frey Road. Travel on Frey road and turn left at the light on Campus Loop Road by the dorms. Take the first left on to Owl Drive.  Pass the central parking deck on your left, come down to Bartow Avenue, and turn into Parking Lot C across from the Wilson. Bldg.  You may need to walk up to the entrance on the right side of the building



 Greater Atlanta Chapter

“ ‘Post-Convention’ Lunch and Learn”

Salad Luncheon and Sharing Session

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Holy Innocents Episcopal Preschool

805 Mount Vernon Highway

Atlanta, GA  30327


Bring a salad for the luncheon and an activity to share with our group, and join us for this first meeting of the year for our Greater Atlanta Chapter ECMMA.  Water, iced tea, dessert, and paper goods will be provided.  

Maybe you were able to attend a workshop this summer, and have a really great activity that you are eager to share. (If you attended the ECMMA Convention this summer, please feel free to share something you learned there!) Perhaps you have a “tried and true” activity that works time and again. Or, maybe you are new to teaching young children and you would just like to learn from others—this is a great way to get started! This is also a wonderful opportunity for socializing and networking with others whose teaching situation may be similar to your own.

RSVP to Louise Betsch lbetsch@att.netor 404-455-3606 by Wednesday, August 20

Directions to Holy Innocents Episcopal Preschool: Take the Riverside Drive exit off of I-285 and go left if you are coming from the east or right if you are coming from the west.   Take Riverside Drive to Mount Vernon Highway.    Go right on Mount Vernon Highway. There are a couple of entrances on the right to the school.  Turn in to the last entrance, then make a left and go up the hill to the preschool.   



Greater Atlanta Chapter

Books that Sing – Stories that Dance!
Incorporating Music, Movement, and Imagination with Books & Literature
in your Preschool classroom!
Presented by Lara Davis, B.M.E.

Founder of Kidstunes
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Room 114 Wilson Building
Kennesaw State University*

Designed for music specialists and “regular classroom” early childhood teachers alike, this workshop will be very active. We will enhance our dramatic skills through interactive participation as we:
Explore techniques for integrating music & movement with books and storytelling to promote music fundamental skills & concepts, creativity, cross-curricular connections, and literacy with  our young students.
Outline five general book formats that lend themselves easily to music and movement and then fully engage in at least one example from each of these categories.
 Engage in activities ranging from expanding rhythmic text into a simple song and non-loco motor finger plays - to full dramatization including instruments, props, classical listening selections, and more!
Learn how several of these  examples can easily be transformed into musical programs as well.
Gain confidence in participatory storytelling from hands-on experience with specific texts and musical excerpts presented throughout this active session!
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------LARA DAVIS, B.M.E. is the founder and owner of Kidstunes (www.kidstunes.org) providing developmentally appropriate music & movement education programs to preschools, daycares, and private school settings across North Carolina, and has worked with young children now for over 25 years! Her background also includes teaching as a music specialist at the elementary level, a choir and musical theater director, working with special needs populations, and ongoing work as a private piano instructor and accompanist. Beginning her company in 1995, she incorporated her experience and vast research into the very heart of the Kidstunes program, composing original age-appropriate music, continually exploring and updating the curriculum through work with the most relevant leaders in the field, and personally mentoring each Instructor licensed through her program. For much more information see the Kidstunes website!

Workshop fees:  $10 for local Chapter members, $15.00 for non-members
Please RSVP by Monday, February 11 to Louise Betsch  Lbetsch@att.net  404-455-3606
*Kennesaw State University is located in Cobb County, 20 minutes north of Atlanta on I-75, one exit north of Town Center Mall.  Take the Chastain Road Exit number 271 and turn left if northbound on I-75 (turn right if southbound.)

Go to the second light if northbound (first if southbound) and turn right on to Frey Road.  Turn left at the light on Campus Loop Road by the dorms.  Turn at the first left on Owl Drive.  Pass the new large central parking deck on your left, then Lot D on the right and turn right onto Bartow Ave. to park in Lot C on the left, which is across the street from the Wilson Building.  You will need to go up the curved sidewalk to the right to enter through the side door of the building.  Room 114 is located on the first floor.  



Greater Atlanta Chapter

“1, 2, LETS ALL PLAY: Rhythm Games, Songs, and Interactions

for Fun and Learning”

Dave Holland

On Saturday, September 15 at Cliff Valley School,
2426 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

Registration and coffee begin at 9:30 and workshop will be 10:00-12:00

Come join in the fun and add a new dimension to your early childhood program. Music
teachers AND classroom teachers alike will benefit from this very hands-on workshop filled
with activities which will support multiple areas in the curriculum and inspire your own
creativity in the classroom.

Fees for the workshop: $10.00 for Chapter members
$15.00 for Non-Chapter members
RSVP: Louise Betsch: lbetsch@att.net or 404-455-3606 by Monday, September10

Dave Holland is a dynamic performer, educator and drum circle facilitator! As founder of Beatin' Path Rhythm Events TM
Dave spreads the message of community, teamwork, & diversity, through drum circles, rhythmic workshops and
performances. Dave has been a guest artist at hundreds of schools, community centers, and festivals across the southeast
and beyond. Dave has traveled to Cuba, Brazil and West Africa to pursue his passion for world culture and drumming
traditions. In an effort to share his passion for rhythm making with other professionals, Dave has presented at the
Percussive Arts Society's International Conference, the National Drum Circle Facilitators Conference, the
National Orff-Schulwerk Conference and statewide music education conferences across the country. Dave’s educational
performances are featured on the Young Audiences of Atlanta/Woodruff Arts Center performance roster. He is the
creator of the Interactive Rhythm Line of instruments, and author of DRUMAGINATION TM, A Rhythmic Guide Book
for Music Teachers, Music Therapists and Drum Circle Facilitators. His kids cd, Drummin’ Song & Jam Alongs
was released in 2010 and is available on CD Baby and Itunes.

For additional information visit:

Directions to Cliff Valley School:
From I-85 Southbound, get off at the Clairmont Road exit and turn left onto Clairmont, cross Briarcliff Road, and Cliff Valley
School will be on the right after passing the Greek Orthodox Church which is also on the right.
From I-85 Northbound, get off at Clairmont Road exit and turn right onto Clairmont, then follow directions as above.




The Greater Atlanta Chapter


“Exploring the Ritmia Approach”

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Room 221 Wilson Building

KennesawState University


Come lose your self in the magical sounds of Music Land!  Join Peggy Benkeser as she takes you on a musical journey inspired by Italian Music Educator, Sonia Simonazzi.  Sonia's program, Ritmia, has inspired early childhood educators throughout Italy and Europe.  Ritmia combines music with yoga, creative movement, breathing techniques, imagination, composition and improvisation in a program that thoroughly engages child ages three through 8.  Come dressed to move!  No prior yoga experience necessary - just an open mind and willingness to explore! 


For planning purposes please RSVP by April 14 to Louise Betsch:  LBetsch@earthlink.net



Fees for this Chapter Workshop:

Chapter Members:  $10

Non-Members         $15

Students                     $3


To become a member of our Greater Atlanta Chapter ECMMA the fees are:

Members of the national ECMMA $30 for a two-year membership

Non-members of the national ECMMA $40 for a two-year membership                

Students $15 for a two-year membership



*Kennesaw State University is located in Cobb County, 20 minutes north of Atlanta on I-75 one exit north of Town Center Mall.  Take the Chastain Road Exit number 271 and turn left if northbound on I-75 (turn right if southbound).


Go to the second light if northbound (first if southbound) and turn right on to Frey Road.  Turn left at the light at Campus Loop Road by the dorms.  Turn at the first left on Owl Drive.  Pass the new large central parking deck on your left and turn right into the next parking lot.  This is lot D.  The Wilson building is located slightly beyond the southwest corner of the parking lot.  Enter on the east side of the building, and room 221 is located on the second floor. 


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