Workshops

 

Teaching Phonological Awareness

“Teaching Phonological Awareness to Develop Literacy and Jumpstart Communication” is a two hour presentation. It is jam packed with information to get you comfortable with using music to teach phonological awareness to preschool through second graders. The music based strategies are also age appropriate for older children who are struggling with literacy. An added benefit is that targeted work on this foundational literacy skill has also been shown to spark an improvement in communication skills.

 

Learner Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between phonics and phonological awareness.
  • Become familiar with the Phonological Awareness Developmental Continuum.
  • Learn how to teach thirteen phonological awareness skills through music based strategies.
  • Be introduced to strategies for teaching sight words, letter sound correspondence, and blending.

 

Phonological Awareness Developmental Continuum

phonological awareness developmental contiinuum

 

 

Developing Literacy

“Developing Literacy Through Music Based Instruction” is a five hour workshop which can be offered as a preapproved course for Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Participants will learn how to teach literacy skills to typically developing kids and struggling readers. They will become comfortable with developing readiness skills by teaching phonological awareness and making that learning stick by using music and movement based strategies. Concepts will be illustrated through case studies of children with autism and vignettes of neurotypical kids.

 

Learner Objectives:

  • Learn the difference between phonics and phonological awareness.
  • Become familiar with the Phonological Awareness Developmental Continuum.
  • Learn how to teach thirteen phonological awareness skills through music based strategies.
  • Understand the difference between a Visual Spatial Learner and Auditory Sequential Learner.
  • Be introduced to strategies for teaching sight words, letter sound correspondence, and blending.
  • Become familiar with resources for teaching fluency and comprehension.
  • Be introduced to several assessment tools for determining reading levels.

 

Songwriting

“Hands On – A Songwriting Process for Beginning and Experienced Songwriters” is a five hour workshop which can be offered as a preapproved course for Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. This workshop is presented by Kathy Schumacher, MT-BC and Nicole Martens, NCTM.

 

Learner Objectives:

  • Learn to identify and manipulate seven elements of a song in order to write effective music for use in music therapy.
  • Develop awareness of additional elements that can be used to maintain client’s focus and to draw attention to specific information embedded in the song.
  • Review relevant theory/chord structures in order to strengthen harmony, create anticipation and incorporate surprise or humor.
  • Participate in the process of writing multiple songs for specific clinical uses.
  • Develop the ability to critique and edit original compositions in order to write effective songs for music therapy.