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Presenter: Paul Morehouse

Workshop Title: Let's Say S.T.E.M.M. with 2 M's! Why Music is Necessary To Seal the Deal in Early Childhood S.T.E.M. Education
Track: Curriculum - Music and Movement
Age Group: Other Age Group
Age Group Other Comments: 3 years - 7 years
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Apr 21, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Room Location: Conference Center Plaza Level
Meeting Room Name: 214
Theater Style: 80

Learning Level: Appropriate for All

Language: English

Course Description

This workshop is inspired by research the presenter has conducted and draws from his article in CAAEYC's journal Connections (2017 Winter/Spring) entitled "Early Childhood Educators Explore the Role of Music Leader." The presenter will offer practical ideas that will encourage attendees to use their current skill levels to facilitate simple music-making activities that will reinforce S.T.E.M. concepts for children 3 - 7 years old. The workshop will appeal to all teachers especially those without musical training.

Shakespeare said, "The world is a stage." Elaborating on this metaphor through the lens of early childhood education, we can say that a basic S.T.E.M curricula addresses 1) what the "stage" is made of, 2) how it's put together and 3) how it works. The arts, including music, express the human experiences that occur on the stage. Both the "stage" and the "stories on the stage" are important for young children. An early education curriculum that strives to embrace the whole child will include both. Ironically, due to the highly differentiated social functions of art and science in our adult world, we do not stop to take the child's perception of these two domains. The perceptions of young children do not necessarily focus on the differences between art and science but rather the commonalities. Simply put, both music and the S.T.E.M. subjects offer child-friendly structures: patterns of ideas, experiences and perceptions. Language patterns that characterize age-appropriate songs for children are framed in structures of musical sounds that young children are highly sensitized to. We see this in the natural attraction young children have for songs and in the way songs help them organize information and concepts.

This workshop helps alleviate some of the confusion that has many EC teachers still thinking that using music to achieve S.T.E.M. objectives acquiesces to the idea that "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down"! A more comprehensive viewpoint sees important cognitive links between music and S.T.E.M. subjects in early development. This workshop will help educators identify objectives that can be achieved by exploiting young children's natural disposition toward music-making behavior in context of S.T.E.M. themes.

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