Music and Movement Essentials

Live • Online • 15 PD Hours

Classroom Management Credential Track

Combining the best of online learning with live instruction sessions, this course helps educators build their confidence in leading music and movement activities that enhance children’s school readiness skills.

Prepare to get children on their feet, moving their bodies, and flexing their imaginations! Participating in high-quality music and movement programming has been shown to enhance children’s language, physical, social/emotional, and cognitive skills. NHSA’s Music and Movement Essentials at The Academy gives educators the skills and tools they need to bring active, engaging music and movement into the classroom.

This course is built for teachers and coaches! You will learn the skills needed to manage classrooms of any size, including how to establish clear expectations, set boundaries, anticipate problems, and react proactively when they do.

  • Start Date: New cohorts begin at the beginning of February, March, April, September, October, and November.
  • Course Level: Beginner
  • Requirements/Prerequisites: None
  • Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Support Services
  • Course Meeting Times: In addition to on-demand coursework, mandatory live instruction sessions are held Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. ET. Please note that the session time is subject to change based on facilitator’s availability.
  • Completion Timeline/Duration: Four weeks
  • Head Start Alignment: Supports young children’s learning across various Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) learning domains, including: Approaches to Learning; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Communication; Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development; Cognition

Module Topics: 

  1. Imaginative and Directed Movement
  2. Rhythm Sounds and Musical Instruments
  3. Musical Storytelling
  4. Class Management

Learning Objectives:

  • At the end of this eight-week course, participants will be able to select and integrate music and movement activities into daily classroom curriculum. Participants will also learn how to adapt material to engage infants and toddlers and children with disabilities.

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15 Hours of Course Material

Online, Self-Paced Content

4 Months of Access to Course

Video Content
Discussion Forums
Digital Badge
Certificate of Completion with PD Hours
24/7 Access to Transcript

Course Author

Nick Young

Nick Young

Nick Young has been sharing the joy and enrichment of interactive music and movement with children for over 30 years. Nick began his career as a preschool teacher. After witnessing the social, emotional, and educational benefits of interactive music in early childhood, Nick created The Young Music Company—a mobile music school for preschoolers that brings music into the lives of thousands of children every year. Nick has presented his dynamic music and movement workshops at hundreds of conferences, conventions, and institutions. In 2016, Nick created the PlayMotion Music music and movement curriculum and teacher training program to empower teachers to bring the magic of music and movement into their classrooms.

What learners are saying...

"Even though I was in the classroom for 21 years, I never thought to use music in this way. I'm really excited to show teachers this part and see how they implement it into their music time." - Susan Ogden, Teacher Assistant, Rural Utah Child Development

"Nick shows you how to be that shiny object to take control of the room and make music fun! I brag to all my coworkers about the course." - Nancy Wilson, Early Head Start Teacher, Acelero Learning Clark County

"With a classroom of 17 children, music and movement can sometimes be challenging but through this course, it gives you lots of ideas to help you through that time of your day and understand the importance of music in your classroom." - Angela DeRivera, Teacher, Acelero Learning Monmouth/Middlesex County