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Music-play learning specialist

Jim Gill to lead Manchester College

workshop for area teachers

Their little legs are pumping, knees high, the tempo faster, and faster and, oh my, even faster! Amid the contagious giggles and wide grins, the most amazing thing is happening: They’re listening, too!

Award-winning musician-author Jim Gill will teach teachers how to make it happen in a Manchester College workshop on Saturday morning, Feb. 12. Area educators of pre-schoolers through third-graders are invited to this energizing session of active participation and information gleaned from theory and practice.

The child development specialist uses music and books to generate active play between adults and children of all ability levels, including children with special needs. A Soup Opera, Jim Gill’s newest book to read, sing and play, is a 2010 Notable Book and Recording of the American Library Association. He has produced five award-winning CDs of music play for classrooms, playrooms and family rooms and has authored two picture books. Learn more about Gill at

Sponsored by the Education Department of Manchester College, this annual Early Learner Conference traditionally fills up quickly. The workshop runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 12 in Flory Auditorium of the Science Center on the North Manchester campus.

The $40 fee includes:

  • 3 hours of professional development, with 3 CRU credits
  • Ideas to integrate music into the classroom or home
  • Workshop handouts and materials
  • A Jim Gill CD ($15 value)
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Opportunities to network with other teachers
  • Inspiration, rejuvenation, fun!

Register now online or call the Manchester Education Department at 260-982-5421. (You may mail the $40 registration fee or bring it to the registration desk at the Feb. 12 event.) Make checks payable to Manchester College.

January 2011

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