Have Kate Daneluk speak at your next event.

With a diverse background in Theology, Education, and Ministry, Kate offers talks and workshops for various venues. 

 

  • Family Life Ministry
  • Religious Education
  • The Domestic Church
  • Early Childhood Music Education for Teachers
  • Homeschooling

 

Contact John at john@makingmusicprayingtwice.com 201-400-8696 to discuss booking a workshop or presentation for your event.

 

You may have heard Kate at:

  • The National Association of Family Life Ministers Conference
  • The Early Childhood Music and Music Association International Convention
  • Catholic Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania Conference
  • The Sacred Heart Homeschool Conference
  • The New England Catholic Homeschool Conference
  • Various Diocesan Events

 

Reviews

“Kate gave such a GREAT testimony with the presentation about beginning teaching!”   -from conference comment cards

 

“THANK YOU for having Kate’s talk. It made a world of difference for us!”  -from conference comment cards

 

“Kate is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic speaker.  She is well versed in her materials, and I can only recommend her highly.  She drew a considerable amount of praise and commendations for both events.  I asked for feedback with rankings, …five stars being the best.  Out of 20 replies, she got 19 five stars, and one four star.“   – Peach Smith

 

“Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop. I've learned so much and I can't wait to start this program in our parish.”  – Claudia Roose

 

“Kate was at our conference and gave such a wonderful, interactive presentation.  You will love this program.” – Mary Brazeau

 

 

 

Kate's Bio

Kate Daneluk has taught music in Catholic schools and early education programs since 1994, when she graduated with high honors in Theology from St. Anselm College. Continuing on with graduate work in education, she trained in early childhood music and movement at the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton. The mother of five young children, Kate is the co-developer and creative director of Making Music Praying Twice. A contributing author for CatholicMom.com, the Catholic Exchange, Catholic Lane, and Religion Teacher’s Journal/Creative Catechist, Kate provides engaging talks, and workshops at the Diocesan and National Level on Family Life Ministry and Faith-Inclusive Early Childhood Music Education.

 

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Current Topics Offered

Most topics can be adapted to your audience, venue and time constraints.  Talk to us about customizing a talk for your event.

 

The Lost Years: From Baptism to CCD (1 –2 hours):
How many families are at the door to baptize their first child and then disappear until the time comes for First Communion? Let the Church become a part of a child’s life at his most impressionable stage of development. This is when young families begin to establish the patterns and traditions that are most likely to continue for life. Yet, few parishes address this demographic. Learn to design ministry for the “lost” demographic.

  • Design ministry that serves as evangelization.
  • Focus ministry on the whole family.
  • How childhood development research demonstrates that babies matter in ministry.
  • Seize the opportunities of natural conversion points in the parental experience.
  • Utilize the faithful to minister to others while serving their needs.

 

Can Kids this Little Really Learn Music?  (30 – 45 minutes)
Kate explains why Early Childhood Music and Movement Programs work. 

  • How brain growth, home environments, and God’s plan for the human family work together to contribute to a child’s ability to develop musically at a very young age. 
  • Redefining talent and aptitude. 
  • The research and statistics that demonstrate the benefits of Early Childhood Music Education.

 

Language and Music  (45 – 60 minutes)
Relating language development to music development plays prominently in the work of Shinizi Suzuki and Edwin Gordon.  Exploring the parallels between these areas of development helps teachers and parents understand the reality of music development and the importance of early education in music.

  • Why so many children and adults in our society remain undeveloped musically. 
  • How our society’s values and expectations affect this issue.

 

Learning and the Brain  (1 – 1.5 hours)
Understanding how the brain learns best is vital to teaching any age group but especially important to an early childhood program. 

  • How the early childhood model relates to neuro-education researcher, Renate Caine’s, Mind/Brain Learning Principles. 
  • Some discussion of temperament and personality types. 
  • How to best utilize our knowledge of brain growth and learning to design the best program. 
  • Includes activities and demonstrations in an interactive workshop.

 

Developing Curriculum  (1 – 2 hours)
Kate explains the details of designing the Making Music Praying Twice curriculum. 

  • How we developed curriculum combining the needs of Catholic identity, Music Learning Theory, American society, and practicality. 
  • The importance of take-home materials to an early-childhood program. 
  • Why every song is important. 
  • Interactive workshop.

 

Music and Movement Techniques and Activities (1 – 2.5 hours)
Explore songs and activities to use with young children in a music and movement venue for ages 0-8. 

  • Many activities can be adapted to older students for remedial work. 
  • Discussion of equipment and safety. 
  • Tips and techniques for educationally and developmentally sound execution. 
  • Includes AV aids and live demonstration in an interactive workshop.
  • Can be adapted for classroom teachers, music teachers, homeschoolers, and catechists.

 

Language, Music, and Faith (45-60 minutes)

Relating language development to music development plays prominently in the work of Shinizi Suzuki and Edwin Gordon. Exploring the parallels between these areas of development helps teachers and parents understand the reality of music development and the importance of early education in music.  Further, Kate examines how faith is an innate skill set, not a subject area, like language and music and must be addressed in the earliest years.

  • Why so many children and adults in our society remain undeveloped musically.
  • Why so many adults and young people in our society are immature spiritually.
  • How our society’s values and expectations affect these issues.
  • The family life of St. Therese serves as a model for experiential faith formation.

 

The Language of Chant (45 – 60 minutes)
Sometimes we take our prayers for granted and lose the wonder of the meaning and mystery within.  Stepping back to a more ancient form of the prayer can enlighten and inspire us.  Learn more about the beautiful tradition of Gregorian Chant in our Church, as we break open the Latin translation to find the Theological messages embedded in our everyday prayers. 

  • Understanding the efficiency of the Latin language.
  • How Chant connects us to the Communion of Saints
  • Using this model in the classroom.
  • Find resources for further study.

 

Chant for Children (45 – 60 minutes)
Gregorian Chant is an ancient Catholic tradition, filled with apostolic power.  Pope Benedict XVI has requested that we make an effort to hang on to our musical roots, preserving Catholic culture.  Learn how to utilize this effective prayer with children.

  • Realizing the power of Chant on the mind and soul of the child.
  • Learn Chant to share with your class.
  • Come ready to sing and pray!

 

Learning and the Brain  (1 – 1.5 hours)
Understanding how the brain learns best is vital to teaching any age group but especially important to an early childhood program. 

  • How the early childhood model relates to neuro-education researcher, Renate Caine’s Mind/Brain Learning Principles. 
  • Some discussion of temperament and personality types. 
  • How to best utilize our knowledge of brain growth and learning to design the best program. 
  • Includes activities and demonstrations in an interactive workshop.

 

Developing Curriculum (1 – 2 hours)
Kate explains the details of designing the Making Music Praying Twice curriculum and provides the tools to develop a personalized home curriculum. 

  • How we developed curriculum combining the needs of Catholic identity, Music Learning Theory, American society, and practicality. 
  • How a parent can choose songs to use for a home-made music curriculum.
  • The repetition factor.
  • Why every song is important. 
  • Interactive workshop. 

 

Music and Movement for the Homeschool Coop  (45 minutes – 2 hours)
Learn how to create early childhood music classes for your Homeschool Cooperative. 

  • Planning and designing a program that suits your coops needs. 
  • Providing genuine education verses busy-time music.
  • Discerning equipment purchases on a Co-op budget. 
  • Adapting one curriculum to multiple age groups.
  • Includes AV aids and live demonstration in an interactive workshop.

 

Using the Making Music Praying Twice Family Edition  (1 – 3 hours*)
For parents using or planning to use the Family Edition, this live tutorial helps bring the instructions and activities to life.

  • Begin your plan for your family’s music environment. 
  • Get direct instruction in the music and movement techniques outlined in the Homeschool Manual. 
  • Learn more detailed activities for the songs in the curriculum
  • Get you questions answered in an interactive environment. 
  • Level of detail will depend on time allotted.
  • This workshop assumes that the attendees are using the Making Music Praying Twice Homeschool Edition.

 

Personality Types in the Classroom (or Home) (1 – 6 hours)
We'll explore the Meyer's Briggs Personality Types and discuss how understanding different types of people can help us be better teachers, ministers, or parents.

  • Why understanding the psychology of our own personality is important.
  • How does personality typing fit into a Catholic perspective?
  • The difference between personality and temperament.
  • Teaching, ministering and parenting to different types of people with respect to their gifts and God-given personality.
  • Why some people are just so difficult to get along with!
  • This talk assumes that the audience is not well-versed in the Meyers Briggs Personality Typing.
  • This talk can be a simpler presentation or involve a full-fledged course with workshopping and group activities.  The longest version of this workshop would require a the book, Please Understand Me (Keirsey, Bates) for each participant.

 

Multiple Intelligence Theory for Beginners (45 minutes – 1.5 hours)
Kate will briefly outline Howard Gardner's now widely-embraced theory and will discuss how we can support the intelligences with good curriculum and education choices, while utilizing the theory to design more effective education.

  • Learn why successful people aren't always academically successful.
  • Help support the various intelligences of a child to educate well-rounded children and maintain their options for success.
  • How does current research in brain development support the Intelligence Theory?
  • How parents, catechists, ministers, and educators can ensure that lessons reach all the learners in their care.
  • This talk assumes that the audience has not been educated in the Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Theory.

 

Genuine Music Education in the Faith-based Environment (1 hour)
Teaching in a faith-based environment offers specific challenges to the early childhood music teacher. Achieving the religious objectives of the Church or Temple can sometimes impede the requirements of sound music education.  By examining religious education through the eyes of Maria Montessori,  whose work in religious education is often overlooked,and relating religious growth to the stages of Preparatory Audiation,  an ancient and symbiotic relationship can be found between religious and music education.

  • Identify the challenges of providing early childhood Music Education in a Religious Setting.
  • Explore the unique musical benefits of including sacred music in the early childhood classroom.
  • Learn the developments in neuro research regarding faith processing and how this relates to brain-based music education.
  • Adapt sacred music to the typical early childhood curriculum while incorporated sacred languages of Latin and Hebrew.
  • Practice and apply ancient traditions of Chant along with other sacred expressions of music