Monica Cai

Monica Cai

Multi-Disciplinary
Central Region
Little Rock, Arkansas
501-658-2828 501-868-1818
[email protected]


Monica believes that a child who is exposed to good environmental conditions and integrated art based on appropriate child development teaching methods will develop superior abilities. As an artist and childhood music specialist, she integrates music, movement, art and literature in her program, Kid's IQ Music. It is based on the theories of psychologists and educators such as Piaget, Bruner and Montessori, and music educators Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze and Laban. The goal is to enhance the development of the child's four domains cognitive, emotional, social and physical and stimulate the learning potential. Kid's Music IQ employs children's favorite music such as nursery rhymes, singing games, and traditional, classic and contemporary music. Integral to the program are literature, visual arts, body movement and playing instruments. Through the art forms, Kid's IQ Music works in tandem with children's own inner urges to encourage and foster their creative and musical instincts. Kid's IQ Music is an age-appropriate educational program that is presented in a series of sessions. It can also be applied to children with special needs. In the program, children are encouraged to explore novel ideas and express their own ways. Exploration, imagination and creativity are indispensable features of the program as Monica's goal is to improve performance and overall well-being of Arkansas children. Available to conduct teacher workshops.

Background

Monica Cai is a native of China. She received a Bachelors degree in Music and a diploma in Child Development and Education in China, and a Masters degree in Music Education at California State University in Los Angeles. She was a recipient of a scholarship for advanced studies in music and art education at the College of Arts in Berlin, Germany, and in the Mozarteum Orff Institute In Salzburg, Austria. Over the past twenty years she has traveled around the world, has taught music, piano, Chinese music and instruments, and has conducted workshops in various settings, from preschool to college, and in community centers. In Arkansas, she has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Community School of the Arts, Little Rock's four community centers (Dunbar, Stephens, East Little Rock, Southwest), the Children's Museum of Arkansas, Therapeutic Recreation Center and the Central Library System.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: Elementary, Middle/Jr. High
Geographic Availability: Statewide
Time Availability: Open
Special Needs: