How to use music to promote social-emotional learning [Webinar]

In this webinar we welcomed Pam Gittleman, educator and creator of For Kinder Times! Pam joined us to discuss the importance of social-emotional learning in early childhood education, and how music plays a critical role in supporting this development. Pam shared tried and true strategies that she has seen be effective in early years classrooms, for how we can use music and stories to guide social-emotional development. We also explored guiding questions that we can ask children, while we engage with music to support language skill development. Keep reading to access the recording and slides!

🎤Our Special Guests:

Pam Gittleman- Educator & Creator of For Kinder Times!

Pam Gittleman is the creator of For Kinder Times, a brand that is helping to raise kind kids, one rhyme at a time. Pam knows that young children love to listen to music, make music, and move their bodies to music, but she also knows that doing so plays an essential role in their development. A long-time early childhood music educator and curriculum developer, the 2021 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) Senior Fellow has encouraged thousands of young children to make music together using songs that range from traditional nursery rhymes to contemporary classics. During her time at Harvard, she was inspired to create an updated collection of nursery rhymes that relate more closely to the lives and values of today’s families – and impart lasting lessons for a kinder, more connected world.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Pam!

  • Music builds important connections across the many regions of the brain needed to carry out the complex actions and interactions humans require in order to thrive
  • The act of making music can help develop fine and large motor control
  • Music experiences in early childhood accelerate brain development
  • Through music, young children have the opportunity to invent games, songs, and stories that help them harness their feelings. Ultimately supporting their social and emotional development
  • When children engage in signing and listening to music, their cortisol levels in the brain decrease, helping them to relax in a busy environment!
  • Listening to music from 7 months on, has a critical impact on language development!
  • Listening to music is key to learning language and learning social emotional skills like cooperation’s, respect, empathy, self-regulation, and getting along with others!


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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Customer Advocacy Specialist for HiMama!

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