Music in the preschool and infant classroom – Training for teachers

Course facilitator: Ruti Lachs MA

Course suitable for: Teachers of Pre-School or Infant Classes. Also parents of toddlers.

Venue: Killarney School of Music

Course dates & times: The February Course is finished. Dates for next course to be decided. Please contact school to express interest.

Price: €60 for the two sessions, including a copy of the CD for children, Stomping in the Woods

To book: Ring Killarney School of Music on 064 663 7598 or call to Reception

Closing date for bookings Wednesday 5th February

An opportunity for teachers of preschool and infant classes to develop ways of bringing more music into the classroom in a fun, creative, and educational way.

Teachers will learn how to work with their classes, focussing on:

  • Rhythm (body percussion and small instruments)
  • Songs – action songs and subject specific songs
  • Music appreciation – listening and responding to music
  • Composing – using voice and simple instruments to create new music

The teacher will learn to appreciate the benefits of music activities such as:

  • Encouraging turn-taking
  • Socialising and interaction
  • Creativity
  • Whole group dynamic
  • Counting/spelling/using new words

No music or singing experience is needed to take part in this training. Parents who wish to gain ideas about how to introduce their child to music are also welcome to attend this training.

The facilitator, Ruti Lachs MA, is an experienced musician, piano teacher, and early years music educator. She has presented her research on the benefits of early years music education at the Society of Music Education conference in 2013 and 2014. She also has a CD of original songs for children, Stomping in the Woods.