Music For Learning is Music for Fun!
with Catherine West
Sunday October 25th, 2015
10:30 am – 4:30 pm, Registration 10:00 am
Room 330, Edward Johnson Bldg.
Faculty of Music, U of T
80 Queens Park, Museum Subway Station
A light lunch will be provided for those who have pre-registered
See below to register on-line, or you can register by mail using our Workshop Registration form
Enjoy a delightful and thought-provoking day with an experienced and popular presenter. This workshop will focus on the uniquely engaging power of music to build vital life, learning and music skills in children. Knowing more about how music engages children in learning also means knowing how to make music fun – the two things cannot be separated. Music activities – moving, singing, listening and playing – are closely connected to building language and thinking skills, as well as music skills, while engaging the imagination and creativity of children. This workshop will offer teachers fresh repertoire, and some old favourites with a twist. Together we will explore songs, drama, dance, improvisation, early notation experiences and instruments. Participants of all experience levels are welcome; a thorough handout will be provided. Simple audio files will be made available to those who would like to have them.
Catherine West, recently retired from the TDSB, is the Coordinator of music AQ courses for OISE (U of Toronto) and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a senior associate with Connexionarts, an arts-in-education consulting company. Catherine completed her early childhood music training with Donna Wood in the early 1980’s and was a founding member of ECMA. Her career has always included early childhood as a specialty and a passion. She has an international reputation as an author, workshop clinician, arts education consultant and course instructor, and has worked with a broad range of clients in the private and public sectors. Currently she is working with the Marilyn Thomson Centre Early Years Research Project at the Royal Conservatory, a project investigating how music can be used to teach cognitive skills to young children