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Early Childhood Curriculum

Browse the Print Collection

Tufts libraries shelve print resources according to the alphanumeric Library of Congress Classification System. Depending on the focus, relevant LC Call Number ranges include:

Books and materials in the Evelyn G. Pitcher Curriculum Lab

The Evelyn G. Pitcher Curriculum Resource Laboratory has a select collection of books and early childhood classroom materials about early childhood music available to students, faculty, and community members. Browse the full Music catalog here.

This lending library is available in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at 105 College Ave in Medford, MA.

Curriculum Standards and Frameworks

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, November 1999

The Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework "presents the new statewide guidelines for learning, teaching, and assessment in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts for the Commonwealth’s public schools."

Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance

The New York City Department of Education provides an extensive guide, linked here, with benchmarks and strategies for teaching dance to students in multiple grade levels. The blueprint includes five strands of learning in dance, student development and dance, and considerations when implementing dance programs; it also serves as a framework for teachers, referencing subject-based and outcome-based curriculum.

National Core Arts Standards

The National Core Arts Standards provide a conceptual framework for learning in the arts, including in dance and in music. The Standards aim to guide educators in offering quality arts instruction for students in Pre-K through high school. The anchor standards for the arts are explored through the processes of Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting.

Online Resources: Music

Conn-Selmer Education Resources       


Conn-Selmer, under a portfolio of brands, is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for student, amateur, and professional use. Conn-Selmer is also the industry leader in providing support and advocacy tools specifically tailored to music education. 

K-12 Resources for Music Educators

This website offers a compilation of many resources for music educators and students. Resources are organized into categories for band teachers, choir teachers, orchestra teachers, classroom teachers, and valuable resources for all music educators.  

Music Educator’s Toolbox

This collection of online resources from Carnegie Hall offers lesson plans, activities, assessments, videos, and more that music educators can browse through by grade or by the concepts of rhythm and meter, form and design, expressive qualities, pitch, or performing.

Music Teacher’s National Association

MTNA has cemented its role as an organization essential not only to the professional and individual well-being of music-teaching professionals, but also a vital partner in their growth and development. It provides both a collective voice for teachers worldwide and a powerful alliance with a highly prestigious and influential group.

New York Philharmonic Kidzone Lab

An interactive, music education online laboratory, the Kidzone Lab offers information about different musicians and composers, interactive games and activities, and music-related arts and crafts projects. Sponsored by the New York Philharmonic

PBS Jazz by Ken Burns Resources

Meet the amazing ensemble who produced this groundbreaking documentary series "JAZZ", watch film clips, check out program airdates and times, and review episode descriptions. There are also links to interactive music workshops for children through "Jazz Kids".

Online Resources: Movement

Brain Compatible Approach to Studio Dance

This article by BrainDance founder Anne Green Gilbert describes brain-compatible dance education through the use of multiple intelligences, a conceptual approach, concepts and lesson plans, and the use of the BrainDance.

A Brief Overview of Laban Movement Analysis

This resource explains how Laban Movement Analysis explores and explains movement through the use of qualities and dynamics. These concepts are important contributors to movement studies and experiences.


PS DANCE! is a documentary about dance education in public schools, exploring the role of dance education and curriculum in five New York City public schools.

Creative Dance Center

The Creative Dance Center, a non-profit organization that concentrates on brain-compatible dance education, offers many resources and articles on dance, movement, and development. The website also offers a glimpse into Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance, a full body and brain warm up that revolves around eight developmental movement patterns.

Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge

The Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge, serving educators, families, and students, offers multiple free online resources for teaching and learning in the arts. ArtsEdge provides lessons, activities, projects, how to’s, guides, and standards for the arts, including dance. 

Moving Bodies, Building Minds: Foster Preschoolers’ Critical Thinking and Problem Solving through Movement

This article, provided by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, explores the benefits of providing movement experiences for preschoolers. By examining dance standards, teaching techniques, and specific activities, the article displays how quality, meaningful movement experiences contribute to the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving in children.

National Dance Education Organization

The National Dance Education Organization works to advance dance education in the arts. NDEO offers support for administrators, dance artists, and educators by providing information about dance education, standards, professional development opportunities, advocacy, and research.


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