Music Play With Purpose: A Workshop With Jim Gill for Teachers, Parents & Caregivers

Thursday May 16, 2013: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Over the years Jim Gill's music and books have received, among other honors, five awards from the American Library Association. Librarians and early childhood teachers, however, are most interested in the fact that Jim Gill's music play is created with a purpose, based on graduate studies in child development and 20 years of experience leading play programs for families with children with special needs.

In this energizing session, Jim Gill helps explain the purpose behind his play. His active music play provides a context for children to develop abilities, such as self-regulation, essential to school success. Jim's clever word play and rhymes in the context of active movement games also provide broad opportunities for literacy development.

Attendees will leave the session with a repertoire of music play activities that can be put to immediate -and purposeful- use in their programming. Best of all, they will leave the session understanding the power of play to inspire, in children, agility in thought and a love of learning.

Jim Gill is a musician and author with unique credentials among children's artists. He is a child development specialist, completing his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play. For this reason, each of Jim's recordings and books is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult.

Over the years Jim has shared his expertise and ideas on music, play and literacy with organizations such as Head Start, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, The National Association for Family Child Care and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.