Educating the Creative Mind: Developing Capacities for the Future

An International Conference on Arts-Based Education for Children

March 4-6, 2010
Kean University, Union, NJ USA

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(Proposed schedule)
March 4, 2010 (Thursday)

8:00-9:00am Check-in
9:00-11:00am 1. Latin American Symposium
  • Creativity in Music Education in Latin America, Three Countries: Argentina, Brazil and Mexico
    A. Oliveira, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil;
    A. L. Frega, Argentina;
    S. Caruso, Universidad CAECE, Buenos Aires, Argentina;
    B. Ilari, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil & University of Texas at Austin;
    R. Trejo Leon, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
  2. International Papers
  • On the Nature of the Creative Mind
    J. Olsen, Rhytmic Music Conservatory, Denmark
  • Analyzing the Development of Children’s Musical Thinking Through Music Composition Activities
    Veloso & S. Carvalho, Universidade de Aveiro – INET/MD, Portugal
  • How Children Teach us to Teach Math - Impulses for Creative Sound in Math's classrooms
    M. Cslovjecsek, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • The Clatec Music Education Approach and the Multiple Intelligences
    B. Trindade, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
  3. International Papers
  • An Evaluation of the Integration of Indigenous Musical Arts in the Creative and Performing Arts Syllabus, Limpopo Province, South Africa
    M. Lebaka, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Integrating the Arts in Early Childhood Education in Kenya: Possibilities for the Creative Mind
    E. Andang’o, Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Three Issues of Nurturing Creativity in Arts Education
    J. Xie, China Conservatory, China
  • Child’s Art and Child’s Creativity in Music Education
    S. Muhonen, Sibelius Academy, Finland
  4. School Visit
11:00-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-2:00pm 1. Symposium
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teacher Education: The Arts for Children Program
    K. Warner, C. Carson, N. Sarrazin & J. Suarez, State University of New York, College at Brockport
  2. Papers
  • Musical Creativity in the Preschool Classroom
    R. Rajan, National-Louis University
  • Student Composers’ Expressed Meaning of Composition with Regard to Culture
    C. Randles, Michigan State University
  • Case Study of Urban Preschool Students’ Musical Experiences
    V. Bond, Case Western Reserve University
  3. Papers
  • Teaching Teachers/Reaching Children through Collaborative Musical Theatre
    P. Prince, Lehman College, City University of New York
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence in Children and Adolescents with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficits: Strategies for Teachers and Parents
    S. Polirstok, Kean University
  • But I can’t draw: Supporting teachers in aesthetic inquiry & arts integration
    M. Hirsch, Stern College, Yeshiva University
  4. Workshops
  • Teaching Literacy Through Music and Movement
    N. Pollard, Kean University & Kregeloh-Ales, Edison Board of Education
  • The Unschooled Dancer: YouTube as a Source for Understanding Early Childhood Creativity
    B. Bashaw, Mason Gross School of the Arts/Rutgers University
  5. Workshops
  • Exploring Sound with Young Children
    A. Connors, Independent Early Childhood Music Specialist
  • Creative Play in an Early Childhood Program in a Public School District
    A. Drillick, Leonia School District & Seton Hall University
  6. Workshops
  • Mask Exploration with Elementary School Students
    S. Pledger, St Annes- Belfield School & New York University
  • Critical Thinking With More Than Our Feet: Dance/creative movement as a springboard for creative and critical thinking
    J. Cassell, Independent Teaching Artist
2:00-2:30pm Break
2:30-4:00pm 1. Papers
  • Musical Creativity in the Preschool Classroom
    R. Rajan, National-Louis University
  • Student Composers’ Expressed Meaning of Composition with Regard to Culture
    C. Randles, Michigan State University
  • Young children’s art: Theory-referenced, practice-inspired strategies for addressing political concerns
    C. Lashley, Queens College City University of New York
  • Case Study of Urban Preschool Students’ Musical Experiences
    V. Bond, Case Western Reserve University
  2. Papers
  • The Forest Project: A Reggio-inspired Study of Children Constructing Knowledge Through The Hundred Languages
    A. Frasco, Union Congregational Weekday Nursery School
  • Creative Arts in Early Childhood Classrooms
    M. Sperlazza, L. Alfano, K. Dalton, K. Raslowsky, L. Santa & C. Savoia, Perth Amboy Board of Education
  • Using Creative Art to Express Ideas About Where Lions and Tigers Live When They are Not in a Zoo
    S. Wien, A Child’s Place School
  3. Papers
  • Nurturing young artists towards leadership in a global community
    S. Woodward, University of Southern California
  • Measuring Arts Activities in Classrooms
    C. Wang & D. W. Sogin, University of Kentucky
  • The PONTES approach applied to the process of music initiation of infants
    A. Vander Broock, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
  4. Papers
  • Creativity, Comedy, and Composition
    C. Coleman, Hong Kong Baptist University & TakeOut Comedy Club, Hong Kong
  • Life Explorer vs. the Curriculum
    D. Coan, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Using Creative Technologies and the Arts to Teach and Learn in the 21st Century
    L. Baum & P. Newbill, Virginia Tech
  5. Workshops
  • Revising Student Work through Dramatic Activities
    J. DeVivo, Playwrights Theatre of NJ & New York University
  • Teaching to Imagination: The Use of Wordless Imagery as Text
    A. Zakin & A. McNamee, Lehman College, City University of New York
  6. Workshops
  • A, B, C…D A N C E! – early childhood letter recognition, spelling & reading
    S. Pope, Newark Public Schools
  • Improvisation, Imagination, and Integration
    H. Moorefield-Lang, Virginia Tech
5:00-6:00pm Opening Ceremony & Performance: Celebrating the Creative Mind
  • Showcase of Creative Visual Art
    Kean University Childcare Center
  • Showcase of Music Performance
    Kreisler: Sicilienne and Rigaudon
    Kingston Ho, Violin (American String Teachers Association)
  • Showcase of Original Plays
    The Mountain of Friendship
    Requiem by Samantha Berstler
    Playwright: Samantha Berstler (Playwrights Theatre of NJ)
  • Showcase of Creative Dance
    Beauty is under the Ocean
    Dancers: Claire Hafteck & Lucie Hafteck (PTA Reflections Program)
    Imani Winds: Child’s Play
    Dancers: Kent Andrews, Julius Armstrong, Sarah Hobbs, Ethan McGeever, Gina Miller, Bryn Murray, Dahlia Reynolds, Sadie Reynolds (Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts)
  • Showcase of Music Composition
    John Oh: Cyclone
    Howard Yim, Violin; David Lee, Violin; Joanna Harris, Viola; John Oh, Cello (Tenafly Middle School’s String Orchestra)
6:00-7:00pm Opening Reception
8:00-9:30pm Kean University Concert Artist Concert


MARCH 5, 2010 (FRIDAY)

7:45-8:45am Check-in
8:45-10:15am  Keynote Address by Dr. Howard Gardner
10:15-10:45am Break
10:45-12:15pm Panel Discussion: Nurturing the Creative Mind
Facilitator: Dr. Janet Barrett, Northwestern University, IL
Speakers: Dr. Bill Adams, Former Superintendent & NJASA Past President
Ms. Lucille Davy, Former Commissioner of Education, New Jersey Department of Education
Dr. Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dr. Edward A. Kliszus, Superintendent, Hackensack School District
Mr. Dale Schmid, Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts, New Jersey Department of Education
Mr. Ronald Treanor, Principal, Woodrow Wilson School, Union City School District
12:15-1:15pm Lunch
1:15-2:15pm  School presentations of exemplary practices
Seth Boyden Elementary School, Maplewood
Woodrow Wilson School, Union City
Kean University Childcare Center, Union
2:15-2:45pm Break
2:45-4:15pm 1. Papers
  • Creating Dances with Young Children as a Response to Literature
    T. Cone, Rowan University
  • Why Dance in Early Childhood Education?
    S. Miller, Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts
  • A Hidden World of Dance Making
    B. Bashaw, Mason Gross School of the Arts/Rutgers University
  2. Papers
  • Let them play! An examination of improvisation as play for the development of children’s creative musical thinking
    M. Hickey, Bienen School of Music – Northwestern University
  • The Trajectory of Creativity in Singing: Universality and critical developmental periods
    A. Cohen, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Creativity and Time Experience in Children’s Music Making
    S. Zur, Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music
  3. Papers
  • Two teachers share research projects that expand the creative arts in their early childhood classrooms.
    L. Koeppel & E.  Morgado, William Paterson University
  • Integrating Creative Drama in Our Curricula: Facilitating the Joy of Complete Engagement
    E. Paquette, Independent Teaching Artist
  • “Look what I’m doing!” Learning from collaborative art studio experiences in a Reggio-inspired preschool
    A. Miller, L. Sedlock, J. Racoosin, Beginnings Nursery School
  4. Papers
  • Children as creators, singers, critics and teachers: A study of children’s intuitive musical understandings
    D. Carroll, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • Curricular Challenges in Presenting Cultural Diversity to Children Under Three:  A Case for Music and Movement
    G. Wilgus, The City College of the City University of New York
  • The Impact of Culture on Musical Play
    A. Soccio, E. Rodríguez Suárez, Syracuse University,
  5. Symposium
  • Integrating the Arts in Early Childhood Settings: The Role of Materials
    A. Di Bello, K. Arleth, New Jersey Educators Exploring The Practices of Reggio Emilia, Inc., P. Ashelman & S. de Groot Kim, Kean University

6. Workshops

  • Stories in Motion - Bringing Stories to Life Through Dance
    A. Biddle, Stories in Motion, LLC
  • Launching Expanding Adventures:  Creating new learning opportunities through Creative Movement
    J. Cassell, Independent Teaching Artist

7. Workshops

  • No Child Left on Their Behind: Learning through Imaginative Play with Music, Language and Movement
    K. Strand, Indiana University
  • A Multi-Sensory Approach to Classroom Management P. Bogart, Independent Professional Development Trainer
  8. Workshops
  • Music and Arts Take Center Stage for Early Learning:  Providing Total Learning to Reach Every Child
    S. Snyder, Arts education IDEAS
  • Gifts of art; stop motion animation workshop
    M. Cane, D.A.Quarles Early Learning Center, B. Berger, Visions for Education, LLC
  9. Workshops
  • Sandplay: The Child’s Natural Problem Solving Process
    J. B. Mascari, Kean University & J. Webber, New Jersey City University
  • Strategic Arts Infusion:  A  Powerful  and Creative Approach to Literacy Education for Diverse Learners
    R. Daniels, Long Island University
4:15-4:30pm Break
4:30-5:30pm Poster Session
  • Musical Neighborhoods:  “Grow Up Great” with an Arts-Based Curriculum in Urban Head Start Programs
    V. Bond, Case Western Reserve University
  • The AME approach – Expressive Musical Appreciation – as an element of mediation between theory and practice in music teacher education
    Z. Bastiao, Federal University of Bahia, Evangelic Faculty of Salvador, Brazil
  • Environmental Stimuli: Enhancing Perception and Cognition Among Infants and Toddlers
    D. LaCapra, Kean University
  • Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS): A model for comprehensive studies of the significance of the arts in children's lives and education
    E. Garone, Kean University
  • Teaching Early Childhood Mathematics Creatively
    A. Klein, SUNY Fredonia
  • The Newark Museum and Creativity
    T. Lind & K. Heller, Newark Museum
  • Using Multiple Modalities Approach into our Music Class for Young Children
    J. Lu, Memorial School, Union Beach
  • Music Program FAÇOMÚSICA (Making Music): development, application and analysis of selected creative experiences with students from 1-4th levels, in a Brazilian elementary school
    M. Menezes, Z. Bastião & A. Oliveira, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
  • Using Technology to Foster Musical Creativity
    C. Randles, Michigan State University
  • Introducing young deaf children to music: A very special concert series
    L. Schraer-Joiner, Kean University; D. Solimando, New Jersey School for the Deaf (Marie H. Katzenbach campus); J. Musto, R. Rocco & J. April, Kean University
  • A Narrative Journey Through the Landscape of Reggio Emilia: Documenting Possibilities
    L. Siegrist, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada
  • The Multiple Intelligences in the Music Teacher Education Course at FACESA: Some Considerations
    B. Trindade, A. Fonseca, E. Konopleva, M. Caribé, L. Acácia, G. Macedo, J. Hübner, C. Cumming & M. da Glória Lemos, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
  • Moving To Deeper Levels of Integration: Lessons from the Field
    K. Warner, State University of New York, College at Brockport
4:30-5:30pm Round Table Session
  • The fascinating Ways of Children's Thinking - Presentation of a Multidisciplinary Learning Material
    M. Cslovjecsek, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • Design Awareness
    R. Gonnella, Robert Busch School of Design, Kean University
  • The Story of ArtsSmart: Arts Integration for K-5
    S. Henneman, M. Fitzsimmons, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Creative Chinese Musical Games
    D. Lai, China University of Petroleum in Beijing, China
  • Pattern Blocks: From Concrete Representations to Creative Expression ~ Constructing Bridges to Learning
    J. MacDonald, Kean University
  • Moving Off the Page: Exploring the Possibilities of the Creative Arts Classroom
    M. Miranda, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • It’s Okay to  be Different: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Literacy
    E. Paquette, Independent Teaching Artist
  • What You Say Matters Most!
    M. Russo, Young Audiences New Jersey
  • Mathematics and Music in Education
    T. Walsh, Kean University


March 6, 2010 (Saturday)

8:00-9:00am Check-in
9:00-9:50am Creative Arts Workshops for Children
  • Creating Dance 5-6-years-olds
    S. Tortora
  • Creativing Relationships in Sound 1-year-olds
    L. Custodero
  • Creating Pictures 3-4-years-olds
    O. Hubard
  • Creative Free Play Stations
10:00-10:50am Creative Arts Workshops for Children
  • Creating Dialogues in Movement 2-years-olds
    S. Tortora
  • Creativing Sounds 3-4--years-olds
    L. Custodero
  • Creating Art 5-6-years-olds
    O. Hubard
  • Creative Free Play Stations
11:00-11:50am Creative Arts Workshops for Children
  • Creating Movements 3-4-years-olds
    S. Tortora
  • Creating Music, Performing Art 5-6-years-olds
    L. Custodero & O. Hubard
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:30pm Closing Session by Dr. Liora Bresler


Building and room locations will be provided at the time of check-in.


This conference is supported by a “Quality First Initiatives” grant from Kean University.
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