My philosophy of professional development is aligned with the New Jersey Professional Development Standards, as well as NAEYC's Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) and the Pre-K Guidelines of the National Music Educator's Association (MENC)
Description of qualifications and experience
My Professional Development Workshops for early childhood professionals, music educators, and parent groups
I lead fun, interactive, hands-on workshops on all kinds of music activities for young children, using rhythm instruments, singing games, listening activities, creative-thinking activities, movement games, recordings, books, puppets, and props. My workshops include:
Fun and Learning With Rhythm Instruments - Easy, fun activities for young children using maracas, bells, rhythm sticks, drums, tambourines, and more.
Encouraging Children's Creativity with Musical Activities - The importance of developing young children's creatvity with stimulating activities, nurturing feedback, and creating a classroom climate of respect for individual differences.
Musical Story Time for Increasing Literacy Skills - How to enhance read-aloud stories with music, including singing and chanting, instruments and sound effects, and even background music. Music helps children focus on stories and increases comprehension.
The Musical World of Toddlers and Twos - Toddlers and twos learn diferently from older chidlren. Participants learn effective, developmentally appropriate musical activities based on toddlers and twos' needs, interests and abilities.
Exploring Sound - Young children learn without preconceptions about "music," "sound" and "noise." Participants learn activities to help young children explore the many aspects of sound - pitch, tempo, timbre, texture, and dynamics - using traditional instruments, nontraditional sound sourcessuch as found and recycled materials, and voices.
I'd also be happy to customize workshops to suit your group's needs. Contact me at Connors419@aol.com. I'm located in central New Jersey.
Requirements and costs for the full implementation of my professional development workshops.
Evidence of the impact of the program offerings on student learning resulting from the professional development provided.
"The introductions to rhythm instruments are wonderful for my 3 and 4 year old preschool classes."
"I found the activities to be varied, engaging, and age-appropriate."
"Your workshop was filled with practical suggestions for lots of musical activities young children can master themselves. I find myself thinking of new ways to use the instruments throughout the day."
"My kindergarten students love the activities - it was a practical and fun workshop!"
Welcome to all creative early childhood teachers, child care professionals, and parents! I'm Abby Connors, early childhood music specialist, author, and presenter. This website is for you to learn many ways to help children develop their creativity with music, games, stories and other activities. Young children need us to nurture and support their creative thinking skills with fun activities that challenge and delight. Read on, and click on the subjects on the left, to learn hundreds of ways to increase children's creativity!