When: Saturday 28 September – 10am – 11.30am and 12pm – 1.30pm
Where: Westport Playcentre, 36A Fonblanque Street, Westport
Cost: Free for MENZA members or teachers who are part of an institution that is a MENZA member, first year teachers and those currently enrolled in an education degree, or $30 for non-members
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The Power of Musical Play
The keys to a child’s learning are:
This workshop is designed to help participants gain an understanding of how music can be used in very specific ways to arouse or calm, and regulate the brain. Many children in our schools and ECE centres are experiencing anxiety and stress. Musical play activates every part of the brain and promotes healthy brain growth and development.
Participants will discover enjoyable ways to:
The Art of Musical Play
Musical play is the child’s first language and is a natural part of the life and culture of children. It opens up an imaginative, magical world of possibilities. Sensory musical play helps children to listen, express, feel, move and develop a strong sense of self in relation to others. It structures the moment, helping children to make sense of their world. Musical play can occur inside, outside, anywhere, any time, and is a wonderful way to support daily routines such as tidying up, washing hands and learning to start or stop on cue.
This workshop will offer many practical ideas about what to include in a musical play session and how to make mat time relevant to young children. It is designed to help participants understand the purpose of group music and musical play, and how music can support numeracy and literacy. Musical play can weave all the strands of learning together and provides the warp and weft of the Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.
Julie was awarded the MNZM last year for services to Music Education and Musical Play Therapy and has presented numerous workshops in New Zealand and overseas. Julie is a former Early Childhood Music Advisor for The Ministry of Education and lecturer in Early Childhood Development at the Christchurch College of Education.