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Music and Movement: Multicultural and Developmental Approaches in Diverse and Inclusive Settings (Grades N - 6)

This course is designed to introduce key elements of music, movement, sound-based media and physical education grounded in neurocognitive, developmental and critical multicultural perspectives. Students learn to create and use musical instruments from recyclable materials; explore digital composition; use equipment such as hoops, scarves and parachute, and integrate skills and repertoire with ongoing classroom curriculum. Songs, rhythms and games from diverse traditions are included to address children's cultural and linguistic backgrounds in alignment with NYS and Common Core standards. Applications and strategies for children with special needs and dual language learners are incorporated through readings, film and guided activities (background in music, dance or sports is not required). The NYC/DOE and the NYS Division of Teacher Certification accept one (1) credit of this course as teaching special education credit. This course also fulfills Liberal Arts requirement for 1 credit of Physical Education.