Mary Ellen Pinzino
Founder/Director, Come Children Sing Institute
Evolving technology offers new options for professional development. Online courses have become standard in many disciplines. Can online professional development serve early childhood music?
Recent initiatives of the Come Children Sing Institute demonstrate that online professional development can effectively train teachers of early childhood music, informing day-to-day teaching while providing long-term monitoring and mentoring of teachers. Three innovative models serving teachers from non-musicians through graduate music education students bring new insights to the challenges of training teachers.
One new model was developed in collaboration with the music department of Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis, and the two-county Geminus Head Start of Northwest Indiana. A three-hour graduate or undergraduate course, “Early Childhood Music Learning,” was designed as an online course for Head…