An Introduction to RAMSR

Learn how to use simple rhythm and movement activities to support positive behaviour for children aged 2-8 years.

Musical background, skills, or prior musical training is NOT required

This course is international time-zone friendly.


Rhythm and movement can help young children manage self-regulation of their emotions, attention, and behaviour. Approximately 30% of young children have problems with self-regulation, which can affect learning, transition to school, and long term wellbeing. Educators, teachers, allied health professionals, and anyone working with young children can learn how to use rhythm and movement activities to positively support the development of self-regulation and address underlying brain connections.


Program Overview

RAMSR (Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation) is a program for young children that aims to support their attentional and emotional regulation skills, as well as mental flexibility, inhibition, and working memory (the executive functions).

The program was first designed and piloted in 2016 by Associate Professor Kate Williams (Queensland University of Technology) and her music therapy and early childhood music education colleagues.

By the end of this self-paced online course, you will be able to lead 11 simple, low-resource, rhythmic movement activities designed to enhance self-regulation skills in young children if used regularly. Resources you will be able to download include 8 audio tracks, four sets of visual cards, and an activity booklet.

This course is a taster of the full RAMSR curriculum which you can access by taking the RAMSR module course, which includes a minimum of 8 weeks of RAMSR session plans including 24 RAMSR activities at a base level and more than 30 extension activities, 28 audio tracks, and 120-page RAMSR resource folder. The introductory course is not a pre-requisite for the full module course.

Who should participate

This online course is suitable for any educator or practitioner working with children aged 2 to 8 years in any group setting.

This course is suitable for both those with and without musical skills.

Core Concepts

This online course will cover:

an overview of early childhood self-regulation

the theory and evidence for linking rhythmic movement and music activities to self-regulation development

an introduction to the RAMSR program: Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation

practical skills for delivering simple rhythm and movement activities that require no prior music experience or training, and very few resources to implement.


  • Rebecca Eager

    Rebecca (Bec) Eager. Bec is one of Australia’s leading Neurologic Music Therapists (NMT). She has a Master of Music Therapy degree and advanced fellowship NMT training. Over the past 13 years Bec has worked with many and varied neurodiverse children and adults through her private practice Rhythmic Integrations (formally –...

Further Details

This course will be held entirely online. This course is self-paced, with students granted 12 months of access to online learning materials from the time of registration.

You will also be able to download a certificate of attainment for 1.5 hours of CPD on completion of the milestones within the module.