Music ed at home
Laurie Berkner shows how to jazz up your home schooling
We’re into the second month of quarantine/school closures, and it’s likely that parents pressed into service as classroom teachers could use a little support.
Longtime Dad on Bored/Board favorite and kindie superstar Laurie Berkner can help.
Berkner will lead a one-hour seminar of top tips for teachers, parents, caregivers, librarians and therapists for utilizing her music in educational play. The livestream seminar, Music in the “Classroom,” will kick off tonight (Wednesday, May 13,) at 6:30 p.m. on her Facebook page.
“The country may or may not start opening up soon, but most kids and teachers are not going back to school,” Berkner says. “I want them all to know that we have not forgotten about them and that I am still here to provide support. I’m excited to share the way I think about using music for kids with all the teachers and parents who are having to provide at-home learning.”
Laurie will address both virtual teachers and in-person caregivers, devoting 40 to 50 minutes to her presentation, to be followed by an interactive Q & A session.
Using six of her original songs, she’ll present tips for actively engaging kids with melody and rhythm by using their voices, bodies, percussion instruments and other props. Laurie will also share ideas for developing gross and fine motor skills through movement and finger play. She will devote time to lullabies and “special use” or holiday songs. She’ll also explain what she wants to accomplish with each specific song, based on her experiences as performer and early childhood music teacher in a career spanning more than two decades.
“My music originated directly out of my work with kids in a classroom setting at Rockefeller University’s Child & Family Center, the West Side YMCA, and other preschools in NYC, so it’s literally tailor-made for in-home learning, story-times, classes, and therapy sessions,” she says. “One of my primary goals has always been to capture the natural musicality in every child and to help others inspire children to sing, move, and express their feelings.”
In the meantime, check out Laurie’s latest Berkner Break – a livestreamed show performed daily at 10 a.m.