Giving Storytime a Tune-Up: Music Activities to Support Engagement and Understanding

Music activities are more than fun! They're a natural, developmentally appropriate way to build auditory processing skills, auditory memory, and other skills critical to early language and literacy. When children are actively engaged in helping to tell a story with music, their literary experience is more meaningful and empowering. Learn how to use the power of music to increase children's involvement and focus.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will know:
    • four distinct strategies to incorporate music into storytime.
  • Participants will understand:
    • the importance of music activities to early literacy
    • how music activities boost engagement and learning
  • Participants will be able to:
    • lead music activities including singing, playing instruments (inexpensive or free), movement, and musical improvisation with their storytime groups.

Who Should Attend

All staff serving children and their caregivers, as well as library school students, will benefit from participating in this webinar.


Abigail Connors has had the pleasure of sharing music activities with children ages 18 months through kindergarten for over twenty-five years. Through five books and more than thirty articles, she has shared original games and songs, as well as information on rhythm instrument activities, music with toddlers, multicultural music, and activities on the science of sound and music. Organizations she has presented for include NAEYC (The National Association aof the Education of Young Children), NJMEA (The New Jersey Music Educators Association), NJAEYC (The New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children), and NJCCA (The New Jersey Child Care Association). She has also presented a webinar for EdWebs titled "If You're Learning and You Know It," in 2015.



ALSC offers this archived webinar to all ALSC members free of charge. Non-members can purchase the webinar archive for $25 per individual, or $195 for groups.

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How to Register


If you are an ALSC member you will need your ALA login information to access the archived webinar; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Kristen Figliulo.

If you are not an ALSC member, please use the links below to purchase the webinar archive through the ALA Store:

Individual Rate
Group Rate

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


Kristen Figliulo
ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026