Arid flow, rain flow,

                    Cycle flow, chain flow.


  Migration flow, move flow,

                    Season flow, food flow.


  Predator flow, prey flow,

                    Forever flow, today flow.


       Thrive           survive            alive


    f        l        o       w

 

Music and Poetry

Professional Development for Teachers

Poetry and Music: Exploring Rhythm and Reading
Grades K-2

Numerous research studies have documented that children’s ability to hold a steady beat is critical to developing their reading fluency. Early childhood educators explore the powerful relationship between music and oral and reading fluency.

Learn skill-building activities designed to improve students’ mastery of syllabication and accent, their visual tracking skills, and overall reading fluency.  Then discover how to identify children’s literature based on the sound and rhythmic patterns of language, and read these books with vocal rhythm and inflection. Finally, learn how to lead students through a creative writing process that uses rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, and form to shape short poems and chants that further develop student fluency. Teach these writing techniques to your students and see how their language flourishes!

Join musician and national teaching artist Marcia Daft for an experience that will transform the way you think about teaching reading in early childhood. Recommended for teachers of ESL students.

Poetry and Music: Exploring Rhythm and Reading

Grades K-2


Numerous research studies have documented that children’s ability to hold a steady beat is critical to developing their reading fluency. Early childhood educators explore the powerful relationship between music and oral and reading fluency.


Learn skill-building activities designed to improve students’ mastery of syllabication and accent, their visual tracking skills, and overall reading fluency.  Then discover how to identify children’s literature based on the sound and rhythmic patterns of language, and read these books with vocal rhythm and inflection. Finally, learn how to lead students through a creative writing process that uses rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, and form to shape short poems and chants that further develop student fluency. Teach these writing techniques to your students and see how their language flourishes!


Join musician and national teaching artist Marcia Daft for an experience that will transform the way you think about teaching reading in early childhood. Recommended for teachers of ESL students.


Poetry and Music: Reading & Writing with Fluency and Expression
Grades 3-8

How can you help students change their reading and writing from a plodding monotone voice to an expressive voice? By introducing the powerful relationships between music, the expressive language of poetry, and reading and writing.

Prosody refers to the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry, and the patterns of stress and intonation in language. Through a detailed study of the elements of prosody – rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and form – students learn to write poetry with cadence and flow.

Later, through an exploration of the elements of vocal expression – dynamics, tempo, inflection, repetition, and rest – students learn to read their writing with fluency and expression. Join musician and national teaching artist Marcia Daft for a course that will transform the way you think about teaching poetry in your classroom. Use the techniques presented in this course and watch students’ writing skills transform.


Poetry and Music: Reading & Writing with Fluency and Expression

Grades 3-8


How can you help students change their reading and writing from a plodding monotone voice to an expressive voice? By introducing the powerful relationships between music, the expressive language of poetry, and reading and writing.


Prosody refers to the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry, and the patterns of stress and intonation in language. Through a detailed study of the elements of prosody – rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and form – students learn to write poetry with cadence and flow.


Later, through an exploration of the elements of vocal expression – dynamics, tempo, inflection, repetition, and rest – students learn to read their writing with fluency and expression. Join musician and national teaching artist Marcia Daft for a course that will transform the way you think about teaching poetry in your classroom. Use the techniques presented in this course and watch students’ writing skills transform.