ECMA of Ontario
A Cup of Tea
Storytelling for Ages 0 -6
Sunday February 24, 2019
11:30 am – 4:30 pm (registration 11:00 am)
Rm 330, Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, U of T.
80 Queens Park, Museum Subway Station
This workshop is an introduction to the art of storytelling.
Participants will look at how to choose a story, and the kinds of stories that work well with pre-schoolers. We will cover approaches that help captivate your audience including rhythm, pattern, repetition and participation, as well as ways to animate and vary the way you tell. We will spend time with the process of how to learn a longer story and feel comfortable telling it. Participants will also learn rhymes (little stories) and songs they can use in their programs, including some multicultural materials. The workshop will also involve ways to connect effortlessly with the range in our own voices as well as ways to use vocal sound with children in the context of rhymes, songs and stories.
Specific stories will be learned and resources for where to find your stories provided. The approach will be hands-on, relaxed and informal, using visualization and other techniques to remember a story simply and naturally, without memorizing.
Ruth Danziger has a long and varied career, storytelling and singing with young children. She tells stories and teaches workshops with the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program where she also edited two collections of stories, Grandmother Spider and I Bring You a Story. She hosts storytelling at the Whychwood Story Tent, has curated multicultural storytelling with youngsters for Canada Day at Queen’s Park and recently taught a workshop at the 2018 Storytellers of Canada Conference. Ruth performed on Mr. Dressup for two years, and was a storyteller at Bloorview Hospital, both in the classrooms and at the Spiral Garden, an integrated arts garden for special needs children. She also developed a curriculum for teachers of Kindergarten to Grade 3 with the Three to Three Program. Ruth tells regularly at the Toronto festival of storytelling and has participated in many multidisciplinary performances involving music, voice and text.