Time flies when you’re having fun!
I joined ECMA six years ago because of the quality of their workshops. Never, in all my years of teaching, had I ever been to workshops so consistently packed with such inspiring and immediately useful information. This small but dedicated group of volunteers organizes 2-3 workshops per year, bringing in experts (both local and international) not only in the field of early childhood music education, but also in fields relating to child development, teaching techniques, singing, care and maintenance of your voice, storytelling, folk dancing, percussion, improvisation … if it has anything to do with kids and music, ECMA will find a way to bring in experienced clinicians to help us learn how to do it, or how to do it in a new and exciting way.
Whether you are new to the field of working with children or, like me, have had the joy of doing it for many years, there is always more to learn. Someone once told me that if I came away from a workshop with one good idea, then that workshop was worthwhile. In my resource centre, I now have binders full of information, ideas and resources that I’ve gotten at ECMA workshops. It is my “go to” spot when I’m looking for something new to do with my classes.
Sometimes as music teachers, or as early childhood educators, we can feel isolated and without support, especially if we work outside of the larger urban centres. ECMA’s next goal is to bring these amazing workshops to you online.