Workshops

 

More workshops will be posted here as they become available 


Workshop Sessions 

It’s free and it will give you a great introduction to the online resource, Musicplayonline!

Denise Gagné is a music specialist with 40 years of experience teaching band, choir and classroom music from pre-school to university levels. She presents regularly for Orff and Kodály chapters, music educators conferences and preschool and kindergarten conferences in Canada, the USA, Asia, Europe and Australia! Denise is currently the managing editor of Themes & Variations. Denise is the author or editor of more than 80 publications for K- 6 music teachers.


 

 

 


Topics Available With Denise

 

Assessment Made Easy:  Includes quick practical ideas, I Can statements and rubrics for assessment of skills, concepts, creating and ensemble playing in the elementary music classroom.

Beginning Ukulele Tips and Tricks:  Includes strategies to help with tuning, class management, and differentiation.We’ll share a sequence of both folk songs and pop songs that has been successful in many classrooms!

Bucket Drumming and Boomwhackers:
  In this session, you’ll have fun drumming and making music with Boomwhackers and Bucket Drums. A sequential process to teach Gr. 1-5 students music reading skills will be shared.  You’ll play with and sing with pop music and music in many styles.

Centers in the Music Room:  Centers can be a great way to use play based learning and collaborative learning to your music classroom.   In this session, you’ll learn strategies to help make centers a success, and you’ll get many ideas for centers in your PreK-Grade 6 music classes.

Choral Music and Rounds:  Purchasing octavos for your choir or classroom is often impossible!!  In this session, you’ll sing through wonderful choral selections for elementary choirs that are available in more affordable formats.

Early Childhood Workshops are for PreK or kindergarten teachers, daycare, dayhomes, preschools, early childhood programs or PreK-K music teachers.

Let’s Sing!  Vocal Warmups and Energizers - In this session you’ll learn to use props, puppets and games to help develop the child’s singing voice.  Activities in this session will include ways to develop the young child’s voice (Melody the Elephant, One Green Jellybean), and great energizers warmups and rounds for young choirs.

Listening Fun: Includes active listening strategies including play alongs, dramatizations, props, movement and cup games to engage the student, and the critical analysis process to help them better understand and respond to music.

Literacy and Music:  Fingerplays, chants and action songs help children learn language, build vocabulary and fluency, and are really engaging for children.  You’ll learn many fun poems, chants, songs and will also learn how to use music to enhance children’s literature.

Music and Movement in Early Childhood will share songs, movement, and activities to teach musical concepts.

Storybooks to Sing, Play, Create:  We’llhave fun bringing stories to life using songs, sound effects, instruments, and dramatization.  We’ll create accompaniments for children’s favorite story books.  These lessons are very engaging for your students and a great way to integrate music and literacy!

Super Fun Folk Dances:  This session will take you on a trip around the world with folk dances that come from Europe, North America and South America.  Folk dances are a wonderful way to teach form, phrasing and they are FUN! 

Recorder for Beginners and Beyond:  Do you love teaching recorder or does it just give you a big headache?  In this session, we’ll make great music with recorders - with no headaches!  Denise will share tips and tricks that helped her students become amazing recorder players.

Rhythm Activities and Games:  Beat and rhythm is the core of all musical ensembles.  This session includes many games and activities to develop steady beat and rhythm reading. 

Rhythm Instrument Fun:  Rhythm instruments are fun to play - and some are easy to make! Use instruments to create sound effects, percussion pieces, explore concepts and help develop listening skills.  Play along with classical and pop music, improvise and create your own compositions.  This session will give you many ideas for using non-pitched percussion with your PreK - Grade 6 students.

Rocking Music Reading:  Tired of worksheets to practice naming notes?   Turning music reading into fun and games will help improve your students sight reading and sight singing abilities.  These are engaging lessons for students!

Singing Games --- and so much more!    Children everywhere love singing games.  Teach rhythm and melody reading using your student’s favorite games!  You’ll also teach social skills, multicultural music, and more through games!  In this session, you’ll participate, play games and have fun learning about music.  Sessions can be for PreK-2, Gr. 3-6, or K-6.

Sing and Play through the Seasons: You’ll learn songs, dances and singing games for special days through the school year in this session.  Your students will be able to sing songs or play classroom instruments from diverse cultures and styles with the materials in this session.

Wiggle While you Learn:  Music is a great way to teach basic skills like letter recognition and sounds, days of the week, months of the year, counting, opposites, body parts, social skills, and more!