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TEACHER TRAININGTeaching the Music of Language Part 2: Word Painting to Read with Expression

How do we help children transform their reading from a plodding monotone into a fluid, expressive voice?
By breaking down the musical components of vocal expression!

Practicing how to use the voice strengthens auditory discrimination, inference skills, and speaking confidence.

Students are excited to create, Word Paint, and perform their own poetry!

About this Workshop

How can educators help students change their reading from a plodding monotone to an expressive voice? Join the Teaching the Music of Language, Part 2  arts integration workshop and learn techniques for using music to develop children’s vocal expression. Watch the video below to see how integrating Music with English Language Arts improves oral fluency, expression, and comprehension.

In this workshop, discover how to teach five elements of vocal expression in ways that are easily understood, practiced, and mastered by students. Learn how to conduct students to choral read books and poems in ways that develop their expressive voice. And explore how expression deepens students’ reading comprehension and their understanding of inference. Teach these techniques to your students and see how their language development flourishes!

Join musician and national teaching artist Marcia Daft for a workshop experience that will transform change the way you think about teaching reading for comprehension. Recommended for teachers of ELL students.


Grade Level: K-5

Number of Participants: 30

Workshop Time: 3 hours

Workshop Setup

  • LCD Projector and Screen

  • Speakers

  • Tables with chairs arranged in a fan facing the screen

  • Dry Erase Board and Dry Erase Markers

  • Flip Chart with Paper and Markers

Resources Required

  • Reproducible Workshop Handout

  • Word Painting Poster

  • Video Library Access

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