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Movement and Music

Effective, Engaging, Skill-Building Strategies for All Educators

How can teachers help their students develop basic movement abilities as well as thinking, math, and language and literacy skills? What movement-and-music activities are likely to be the most appealing — and the most effective?

Girl kicking leg

The answers can be found in Education Through Movement. Children naturally like to move and sing in the early years of their lives. The Education Through Movement (ETM) program provides a framework which includes developmentally appropriate activities and teaching practices for each age group. ETM supports physical development through the four components of the movement-based active learning process:

  • Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs) having to do with fine- and gross-motor skills, body awareness, music, and movement
  • Movement core
  • Teaching Model
  • Active learning strategies

Movement and music are used as a means of delivering essential content in a way that encourages healthy physical development while reinforcing academic concepts. When using strategies and content from this program in your classroom, you are also helping children build the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Education Through Movement courses and workshops are designed for use by classroom teachers, music educators, physical educators, dance educators, university professors, special education teachers, early childhood educators, child care providers, home-schooling parents, and administrators for school and after-school programs. Directed by HighScope's Movement and Music Division, these highly acclaimed training programs offer an array of effective classroom strategies proven to work with students of all ages.

Movement, Music & Timing

Music Instruction & Emergent Literacy
(from Early Childhood Research & Practice Journal)

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