Capt. Scupper Songfest

Museum Explores Early Reading Skills in Maritime-Themed Music Class

Thursday, June 2, 2022 (Toledo, Ohio) On Monday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. the National Museum of the Great Lakes will introduce Capt. Scupper’s Songfest: Maritime Music and Movement. The new, small group activity presented by Sing into Reading was developed especially with children ages 0-6 in mind. During the class, little ones will spend 30 minutes exploring maritime themes through music and movement with a parent or caregiver followed by open play in the Museum’s “Port of Play” and exploration of the museum.

“This fun activity targets our youngest maritime enthusiasts to give them a chance to build a love of reading through music incorporating a Great Lakes twist,” explains Ellen Kennedy, who oversees the museum’s youth education initiatives. “We are excited to team up with Sing in to Reading to connect age-appropriate learning activities like this to children and their caregivers.”

The class’s instructor, Risa Beth Cohen is the Founder and Creative Director of Sing into Reading. She has been teaching Music and Movement to children since 1994 and holds an M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Bank Street College. After discovering music and movement to be what she refers to as the “secret ingredient” to encouraging literacy, Risa taught Music/Literacy in NYC public schools. Then, when she moved to Toledo, spent 10 years as the Music/Literacy Co-Curricular for 3 – 6 year-olds at West Side Montessori.

Each Capt. Scupper’s Songfest class is limited to 20 kids and their grownups and is designed for ages birth to 6. Additional classes will be offered the third Monday of each month on July 18, August 22, and September 19. Registration is $5 per class for NMGL member children and $15 per class for non-member children (non-member price includes museum-only admission for one adult and child). Capacity is limited, so advance registration is encouraged. For additional information, call 419-214-5000 or visit our event pages below.


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