Streaming live on Facebook
Legendary children's musician Laurie Berkner knows the parents, teachers, caregivers, librarians and therapists out there could use a little help right now. That's why she's offering “Music in the ‘Classroom,’ " a one-hour, live-streamed seminar of tips for using her songs in educational play or structured learning at home.
The event will take place live on Wednesday, May 13 (6:30 pm ET), on her Facebook page HERE. This event is free of charge.
“The country may or may not start opening up soon, but most kids and teachers are not going back to school," Berkner said. "I want them all to know that we have not forgotten about them and that I am still here to provide support. I'm excited to share the way I think about using music for kids with all the teachers and parents who are having to provide at-home learning.”
Berkner will address both virtual teachers and in-person caregivers, devoting 40 to 50 minutes to her presentation, to be followed by an interactive Q&A session.
Using six of her original songs, Berkner will present tips for actively engaging kids with melody and rhythm by using their voices, bodies, percussion instruments and other props. She will also share ideas for developing gross and fine motor skills through movement and finger play. Berkner will devote time to lullabies and "special use" or holiday songs. She will explain what she wants to accomplish with each specific song, based on her experiences as performer and early childhood music teacher in a career spanning more than two decades.
"My music originated directly out of my work with kids in a classroom setting at Rockefeller University’s Child & Family Center, the West Side YMCA, and other preschools in NYC, so it's literally tailor-made for in-home learning, story-times, classes, and therapy sessions," Berkner said. "One of my primary goals has always been to capture the natural musicality in every child and to help others inspire children to sing, move, and express their feelings."
One of the most popular children’s entertainers in the U.S., Berkner has filled countless venues nationwide with adoring fans. With an average of more than 10 million monthly streams and millions of albums, songs and DVDs sold, her songs have become beloved classics for children worldwide. The first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr., Berkner was featured in nearly all the episodes of the channel's “Jack's Big Music Show.” She recently created her own Audible Original Series titled “Laurie Berkner's Song and Story Kitchen.” She has released 13 bestselling, award-winning albums and is a familiar radio presence on SiriusXM's “Kids Place Live.” Berkner has authored a number of picture books based on her songs, the most recent of which were published by Simon & Schuster. She has also written the music and lyrics for three Off-Broadway children's musicals produced by New York City Children’s Theater. Berkner has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the White House, among many other prestigious venues.