Early Childhood Music and Movement Association Hosts International Convention at Buffalo State SUNY

Practitioners and thought leaders explore  fresh and innovative ideas while recognizing, honoring and celebrating children’s voices.


McGRATHPR.com – The Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA) brings together music educators, early childhood music practitioners, early childhood specialists, and thought-leaders from around the world for a three-day celebration of the expressive voices of young children. On the vibrant banks of the Erie Canal, participants enjoy skill building, networking and hands-on engagement during the 2018 International Convention,  “Watch, Listen, Play, Create,” June 24-27, 2018 at Buffalo State College, State University of New York (SUNY), 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY.

Now in its 32nd year, ECMMA strives to support early childhood music and movement practitioners by providing resources, advocacy, professional development, and collaboration opportunities. “Watch, Listen, Play, Create” features dynamic guest speakers and workshops that bridge inquiry and practice, as well as special performances by local children’s music groups, including the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus.  This year’s program includes the Buffalo State Day of Play, bringing together practitioners and public audiences for an immersive educational experience combining exhibits and workshops, culminating in a family-friendly concert. The ECMMA presidential team said of the Convention: “[It] is the preeminent event for anyone connected to early childhood music, movement, and education.  The 2018 Conference will be an extraordinary assemblage of stellar keynote speakers, presenters, and researchers. It is a ‘don’t miss’ opportunity for all who believe in the power of play.”

“Watch, Listen, Play, Create” features three world-class keynote speakers. Patricia Shehan Campbell is Donald E. Peterson Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses at the interface of music education and ethnomusicology. Her work provides insight into the musicking of young children of varied cultures and offers guidance in hearing the voices of children as they describe the power of music in their lives. Dr. Cyndi Burnett is an Associate Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State. Her research focuses on the use of creative models and techniques with children. Dr. Stuart Brown is a nationally-recognized expert on play. He is the founder of the National Institute for Play and has produced documentaries for PBS and BBC including “The Promise of Play,” and “Soul of the Universe.” He also co-teaches “From Play to Innovation” at the Hasso Plattner School of Design at Stanford University.

ECMMA is dedicated to fostering well-rounded, thoughtful and engaged early childhood music professionals. In addition to participating in the Convention’s program, participants may earn graduate credit or Continuing Teacher and Leader Education credit (New York state teachers only) through Buffalo State SUNY. For more information about professional development credit, please contact betopio@ecmma.org.

Registration for the 2018 International Convention “Watch, Play, Listen, Create,” is available at  http://conference.ecmma.org. Early-Bird Registration Specials are available through May 20, 2018. Participants who are not yet ECMMA members can purchase memberships at www.ecmma.org to take advantage of preferred member rates. Single-day registrations are also available. For more information, please call (360)568-5635 or visit http://conference.ecmma.org.

About the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

The non-profit Early Childhood Music & Movement Association (ECMMA) believes appropriate, purposeful music and movement experiences enhance early childhood development and seeks to support early childhood music and movement practitioners by providing resources, advocacy, professional development, and collaboration opportunities. ECMMA seeks to promote the best practices in all areas of early childhood music and movement.   ECMMA offices are located at 805 Mill Avenue in Snohomish, WA, USA 98290 (360-568-5635). For more information, please follow ECMMA on Facebook or visit www.ecmma.org.