Music Mind Games Ed. provides education and professional development opportunities for music theory concepts. Music Mind Games offers sequential pedagogical concepts, clever materials and mind-stimulating games, accompanied by a nurturing teaching philosophy so students may experience desire-based learning. Most of all it is really fun!
Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child’s play.
– Carl Orff
Workshops offer hands-on experience with a playful approach towards teaching and learning, free of fear and anxiety. A Music Mind Games education will engage the imagination and spark curiosity about music theory.
Elizabeth Cunha, certified Music Mind Games Teacher-Trainer, has over a decade of training and experience teaching this method. She has done extensive work integrating this curriculum with a variety of teaching methods and technology, including Orff Schulwerk, Suzuki and World Music Drumming. In 2010, Elizabeth became one of only six trainers world-wide and has since achieved the highest level of teacher-training status, with certifications to lead Unit 1 & Unit 2 workshops. Elizabeth has conducted training for music teachers both locally and abroad, including workshops in London and Denmark. She has also presented vivid and interactive sessions for local and national music associations and institutes.
Elizabeth is grateful to have worked closely with the Music Mind Games creator, Michiko Yurko, for over 10 years. Together they have worked on many projects, including multiple 10 week workshops for Prince Georges County Public Schools in Maryland. It was during the first in this series of workshops that Elizabeth assisted in the creation of the MMG Course Booklet, which has become an invaluable resource for teachers during training sessions. Elizabeth contributed in various ways to the development of this training tool, including many management tips and strategies for teachers implementing MMG in the larger class setting. Through the first thirty-two editions of the MMG Course Booklet, Elizabeth was acknowledged multiple times for her creative contributions, including the following quote found inside the cover that reads:
Thank you to Elizabeth Cunha for her valuable classroom ideas found throughout the booklet.
– Michiko Yurko
Elizabeth served for many years as Chair of “Music Mind Games in the Classroom Committee”. As part of this position, she maintained a blog and correspondence with teachers on the MMG website, sharing personal experiences of using this method in a classroom setting.
In addition to leading Unit 1 & Unit 2 workshops, Elizabeth has been a pioneer for diversifying training opportunities with introduction workshops, focus point lectures, parent play-dates, and half unit training sessions. She is an expert in her field and committed to helping teachers make the most of their training experiences in order to elevate student levels of fluency in music theory.
Children who participate in desire-based learning will experience joyful growth, and may be drawn to educational opportunities throughout their lives.
– Elizabeth Cunha