Laurie Berkner Wants to Help Teachers & Parents Navigate Distance Learning


Going into a new school year filled with hybrid models and distance learning means parents, teachers and caregivers can use a little support right now. Laurie Berkner is offering Music in the “Classroom” 2: Engaging, Entertaining and Educating in a Virtual World. This one-hour live-streamed seminar will include top tips for using Berkner’s songs in educational play or structured learning at home. 

Music in the “Classroom” 2 will take place live on Thurs., Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET on Laurie’s Facebook page. This event is free of charge.

The August 27th seminar will be the second in Laurie’s Music in the “Classroom” series. The wildly popular first session garnered over 80,000 views and distributed more than 3,000 Certificates of Completion for teachers to use for continuing education credits.

“This fall, teachers and caregivers are entering a new landscape of having to provide at-home teaching or using blended learning models to share music with kids,” says Laurie Berkner. “I know they want to provide the most supportive experiences, but there’s no guidebook! So, I’m excited to share what I have learned from being a performer and educator – both in person and in virtual spaces – to try to make their jobs easier during this uncertain time.”

Laurie will address both virtual teachers and in-person caregivers, devoting 40 to 50 minutes to her presentation, to be followed by an interactive Q & A session.

Using her original songs, Laurie Berkner will present tips for actively engaging, entertaining, and educating kids, focusing on how to use music in virtual classes and settings. Through the lens of rhythm – both internal and external – Laurie will explain how to utilize songs to accomplish commonly-needed classroom goals like promoting physical movement, calming and focusing energy, transitions, and modeling positive and age-appropriate interactions (like taking turns).

A personalized Certificate of Completion will be available for anyone who watches the seminar and correctly responds to a quiz.

Though it isn’t necessary to watch the first session in the series, Music in the “Classroom” 2 will build on those ideas, which focused on how to create a set list and class structure using music. The first session can be re-watched on Facebook. 

“My music originated directly out of my work with kids in a classroom setting at Rockefeller University’s Child & Family Center, the West Side YMCA, and other preschools in NYC, so it’s literally tailor-made for in-home learning, story-times, classes, and therapy sessions,” explains Laurie Berkner. “One of my primary goals has always been to capture the natural musicality in every child and to help others inspire children to sing, move, and express their feelings.”

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Laurie Berkner 


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