Higher Education

Experiences in Music & Movement: Birth to Age 8, 4th Edition

  • Rae Pica University of New Hampshire
  • ISBN-10: 1428399720  |  ISBN-13: 9781428399723
  • 368 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 2000, 1995
  • © 2010 | Published
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A complete movement education resource for early childhood and physical education professionals, EXPERIENCES IN MUSIC AND MOVEMENT teaches students the importance of movement in the physical, emotional, and educational growth of children. In addition to teaching movement's role in traditional child development areas -- physical, affective, and cognitive -- EXPERIENCES IN MUSIC AND MOVEMENT details musical and creative development, and is the only text of its kind to do both. The text includes an entire movement program; lesson planning; guidelines for music selection and usage; developmentally appropriate teaching methods; and tried-and-true tips for creating and maintaining a positive learning environment with children on the move.

Features and Benefits

  • Show students how to weave music and movement into their days with lesson plans, music selections, and developmentally appropriate teaching methods that prepare them to make movement a part of every lesson.
  • Offer enhanced learning and research opportunities with practical chapter assignments.
  • Demonstrate how to implement movement and music programs quickly and easily with the text's sources for ordering recordings, musical instruments, equipment, and more.
  • Meet the needs of students and practitioners who teach or will teach children ages birth to eight years -- making this the only movement resource they need!
  • Provide the most current information available with the text's practical references, such as Appropriate Practice in Movement Programs for Children Ages Three to Five from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (found in the appendices).

Table of Contents

1. Movement's Role in Child Development.
2. Movement's Role in Musical and Creative Development.
3. Child Development Characteristics and Their Impact on the Movement Program.
4. Content of the Movement Program.
5. Lesson Planning.
6. The When, Where, and What of Movement Sessions.
7. Choosing and Using Music.
8. Teaching Methods.
9. Creating and Maintaining a Positive Learning Environment.
10. Movement Across the Curriculum.
11. Using Movement and Music for Transitions.
12. Bringing Movement Education Outdoors.
Appendix 1: Appropriate Practices in Movement Programs for Children.
Appendix 2: Sources and Resources.

What's New

  • Add infant-based content to your course with information that is appropriate for use with newborns and babies.
  • Address the growing problem of sedentary children today, and its impact on weight and health.
  • Guide students to additional resources with helpful website URLs at the end of each chapter.
  • Focus on the most important topics with key terms given at the beginning of each chapter.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Rae Pica

Rae Pica is the founder and director of Moving & Learning (www.movingandlearning.com) and has been a children's physical activity specialist since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 18 books, including the award-winning GREAT GAMES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN and JUMP INTO LITERACY. Rae is known for her lively and informative workshop and keynote presentations and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Gymboree, and state health departments throughout the country. Rae also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity, and is a member of several advisory boards. In addition, Rae is cofounder of the BAM Radio Network (www.bamradionetwork.com) and host of an Internet radio program called "Body, Mind and Child," for which she interviews experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more. She also co-hosts, along with Jerlean Daniel, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC Radio.