Chair's and President's Programs
ALA Unit/Subunit: ASCLA
Meeting Type: President's Program,Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Research shows that music positively affects people. Nursery rhyme recitation boosts children’s vocabulary and language skills, important factors in preparing them for success in school and reducing rates of adult incarceration. Singing together creates community among people of all abilities; outreach to people with disabilities is facilitated by music. And, songs from earlier years are often easier for older adults with memory loss to retain; the ability to sing rhymes together lasts long after other ways of communicating have been lost. Music-based outreach programming can benefit everyone.
Based on her unique background as a nurse in health and aging research and as a choral conductor/performer, Jan Maier will lead an active demonstration on the pervasive effects of music on our brains and bodies. She will share recent highlights on cutting edge research on music and the brain, as well as the many health benefits of musical programming. Then, a panel of professionals involved in innovative outreach work will share their musical projects and discuss steps you can use to include music in your own outreach programs.
“Mother Goose on the Loose Goslings” is a newly-developed program for parents with premature babies in NICUs. Social-media based “pop-up storytimes” in neighborhood parks bring diverse communities together uniting them through song. Visits to nursing homes can successfully incorporate musical activities with seniors. Music programs can make libraries more welcoming to people with disabilities such as the longstanding partnership with Music for Autism, through which the Brooklyn Public Library has attracted new patrons. Discover the steps taken to set-up these programs and hear about the powerful impact they have had on the vulnerable communities they serve. At the end of the session, brainstorm ways in which you can bring one of these programs (or something similar) into your community.
Jan Maier, Jan Maier, RN, MPH, is a consultant specializing in innovative workshops for caregivers on using music to help people with dementia. Recently retired as a Senior Research Analyst in health research from RTI International (Research Triangle Institute), she has presented for over ten years on related topics at national conferences such as the American Society on Aging. Her professional background in health research and nursing, combined with decades as a choral conductor/performer, equip her with a unique perspective on the many benefits of music-making activities for older adults. A highly skilled educator, Jan is known for creative audience engagement while sharing the latest music/brain research.
Former Research Analyst
RTI (Research Triangle International)
Cork Hardin, Cork Hardin is an Urban Outreach Educator with 10 years of experience working in early childhood education, including work with Baltimore City Head Start, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and the Village Learning Place. He has worked with Mother Goose on the Loose for several years and recently opened his own nonprofit organization, Sprocket, centered around bringing early childhood programming to neighborhoods throughout Baltimore. He created "Pop-Up" story times throughout the city of Baltimore and works to ensure all children grow up with a lifelong love of learning.
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