Music and Movement Essentials

Online • Live • 15 PD Hrs

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
Course Outline

Course Facilitator

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

"This experience was fun and can be easily implemented. Several of the tools and music is online with easy access to staff and families."

- Laneea Cowley, Health Manager, Rural Utah Child Development

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $425

NHSA Member Rate: $295

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  • Online, Self-Paced Coursework
  • Live Instruction
  • Access to a National Cohort of Peers
  • 8 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • 4 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Discussion Forums
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript

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