ECMA Workshop May 5, 2019

ECMA of Ontario


Songs, Games & Rhymes:

A Networking and Song Swap Workshop


Sunday May 5, 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

Register with our Workshop Registration form or  register on line here.

This workshop features musical activities for children ages 0-6 years.  It is hosted by the ECMA board, and is free for ECMA members who register in advance.

Bring a favourite song, game or musical activity to share with the group.  There will be door prizes, and gifts for participants who bring ideas to share.  These gifts have been kindly donated by an ECMA member, from the library of resources she accumulated during her 45 years of teaching kindergarten.

ECMA board members will get the workshop started with a potpourri of songs and games on a variety of themes.  Teaching experience of the ECMA executive ranges from 3 years to over 30 years.  Board members will be available throughout the workshop to answer questions, share ideas and discuss resources.

ECMA Workshop February 24, 2019

ECMA of Ontario


A Cup of Tea

Storytelling for Ages 0 -6


Ruth Danziger

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

Register with our Workshop Registration form or  register on line here.

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.

ECMA Workshop October 28, 2018

ECMA of Ontario


Step Lively! Folk Dances for Children


Marian Rose


Sunday October 28, 2018

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


Register by mail with our   Workshop Registration form  or  register on line here.

Dance is more than just the exploring of different ways to make a shape or learning a series of steps to music; it is a way of moving that uses the body as an instrument of expression and communication. Through dance, students learn teamwork, focus, and improvisational skills.  Dancing allows one to express oneself, but also to find a sense of unity.  Dancing provides both physical and mental refreshment, and relaxation through movement, laughter and fun.

Marian Rose has published five books & CDs as tools for teachers who wish to incorporate traditional dance into their curriculum. The most recent of these is a bilingual resource of songs, games and dances for learners of French.

Using these resources, Marian will lead us through a varied repertoire of dances, songs and games from around the world. The focus will be on school-aged children, with adaptations for younger students.

Marian Rose has many years of experience presenting these dances to all grade levels, as well as in community dance settings, public and private schools, at contra, square and folk dance clubs, churches, historical societies, and restoration villages.  Also passionate about language learning and teaching, she has recently completed a master’s degree in linguistics, specializing in the role of music in second language learning.

ECMA Workshop April 29, 2018

ECMA of Ontario


Little Instruments with a Big Bang


Carol Bauman


Sunday April 29th, 2018
1:30 – 4:30 pm      (registration 1:00 pm)
Rm 330, Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, U of T.
80 Queens Park, Museum Subway Station


Register by mail with our  Workshop Registration form  or  register on line here

The drum and related percussion instruments hold powerful connections to human expression.  Percussion can captivate the attention or set the mood. Using these instruments in the classroom, however, may seem like a daunting task.  Come join the fun in this hands-on workshop and explore the world of percussion.  Using rhythms and musical activities from around the world, Carol will demonstrate the proper way to use all of our most familiar instruments (and some not so familiar), and lead us in exciting ways to incorporate them into our classes.  The workshop includes a detailed handout of all activities and many additional resources.

Carol Bauman holds a BMus (permormance) from Wilfrid Laurier University, a MMus (performance) from Temple University and a BEd from the University of Western Ontario.  She has taught percussion, musical skills and theory for over 35 years at Wilfrid Laurier University and at the University of Waterloo.  Her freelance career has included playing with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, the Stratford Festival Orchestra and fanfares, the Elora Festival Orchestra, NUMUS, Orchestra London, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, and the Reading Society Orchestra of Philadelphia.  She is a founding member of the New Art Quartet, which explores contemporary repertoire for piano and percussion, and also a founding member of the New Berlin Ensemble for L’Accordeoniste.   Other work includes facilitating workshops and leading drum circles for musicians, educators, businesses, schools, and community groups.

ECMA Workshop February 4, 2018

Around the World and Back Again:  Creative Music for Children


Dr. Kari Veblen

Sunday February 4th, 2018

1:30 – 4:30 pm      (registration 1:00 pm)

Rm 330, Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, U of T.

80 Queens Park, Museum Subway Station

Register by mail using our   Workshop Registration form   or register on line here

This workshop is packed with singing, moving, playing instruments, creating, listening and grooving.  Kari Veblen and her assistants promise you will learn wonderful new things to do with your students.  From Australia to Zimbabwe, travel around the world through songs, games and dances.

The workshop includes a detailed handout with all songs and activities, as well as reflections and links to current research on making music with young children.

Kari K. Veblen is professor of music education at University of Western Ontario, Canada, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses such as foundations of music education, cultural and Canadian perspectives, music for children, and qualitative research methods. Thus far her career spans four decades including stints as elementary music teacher, community musician, curriculum consultant to orchestras and schools, faculty member at UW-Stevens Point, visiting scholar (Center for Research in Music Education, University of Toronto, Canada), and research associate (Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland). Dr. Veblen holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Knox College, and both masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

ECMA Workshop October 15, 2017

Bounce, Boogie, Books & More


Dan Fee

Sunday October 15, 2017

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

Register by mail using our   Workshop Registration Form   or register on line  here.

Dan Fee’s workshops focus on movement with a big dose of fun!  Whether it’s adding improvised movement using scarves or ribbons, mimicking silly swan movements with paper plates, showing melodic direction with a flashlight, folk dancing, or bringing a book to life, you will have inexpensive, ready-to-use movement activities for Monday morning!

During the workshop, you will be learning rhythmically expressive movement routines to classical music by famous composers such as Bach, Handel, Brahms, Tchaikovsy, Chopin, Mussorgsky, and more. Using scarves, tennis balls, parachutes and paper plates you will learn how to help your students explore music in ways you may never have thought possible.  You will also explore how to effectively add recorded classical music, singing, creative movement and instrument play to classic and significant children’s literatre.  Get ready to use flashlights, bubbles and stacking cups while we uncage the Carnival of the Animals and put your dancing shoes on as we explore folk music from around the world.

The workshop includes a detailed handout with directions to routines and activities, plus thoughts on how to make the inclusion of musical movement activities as successful as possible with your students.

Dan Fee taught music in Wisconsin for 34 years, the last 26 as an elementary music specialist in his home town of Fond du Lac.  He has presented movement sessions at the Wisconsin, Michigan, Alaska, Illinois, Minnesota, Wyoming, Kentucky and Iowa State Music Conferences.  He has also presented sessions for summer workshops in Las Vegas, Nashville, and Branson MO with Artie Almeida and Denise Gagne.  Additionally, Dan has led Orff chapter workshops in Greenville NC, St Louis MO and Detroit MI.  He has taught Elementary Music Methods for Classroom Teachers at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Lakeland College and at Silver Lake College since 2001.  His book Listening Fun! features rhythmically expressive movement routines to classical music using scarves and tennis balls.  His second book, MORE Listening Fun, uses paper plates and parachutes in a similar fashion.

ECMA Workshop April 2, 2017



Julie Martin 

Sunday April 2, 2017

1:30 – 4:30pm, Registration 1 pm

Room #330, Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, U of T.

80 Queens Park, Museum Subway Station

Register by mail using our Workshop Registration form


You can register on-line here

Welcome Spring with this workshop filled with French rhymes, finger plays, songs, games, rounds and activities, aimed mainly at three and four year old children.  This workshop is presented in English, with all activities demonstrated and performed in French, with some seasonal spring accents – bien sûr!

Julie Martin has been teaching music to French speaking children of Toronto for over twelve years.  She is the Founder and Director of Le Petit Atelier, providing music programs to toddlers and preschoolers in daycare centres, and Kindergarten to Grade 6 students in elementary schools.  Julie also teaches the acclaimed ‘Bon Départ’ (Smart Start) program at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and leads training workshops for elementary school teachers and early childhood educators.

Over the years, Julie has developed a wide French repertoire of dynamic and engaging musical activities exploring voice, movement, percussive instruments, basic music concepts, and introduction to music theory.  And the principal component of her approach; it’s always fun!


ECMA Workshop October 23, 2016

Move, Sing, Play … Improvise!

Creating Music & Movement with the Young Child


Leslie Purcell Upchurch


Sunday October 23, 2016

10:30 am – 4:30 pm  Registration 10:00 am

Swansea Town Hall, Council Chamber Room

95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto

Register by mail using our Workshop Registration form, or register on line below.

This workshop will focus on two aspects of being an early childhood music educator: musical skills and how to craft exercises to suit young children.  We will move to music, play with balls and percussion instruments, sing and create together. Whether or not you have musical experience, you will learn how to improvise gestures, rhythms, melodies and even piano accompaniments.  Come dressed to move and ready to have fun creating!  Material for all musical elements will be suitable for 18 months to elementary.  Explore it today and use it tomorrow in your classroom!

Refreshments will be provided.  Bring a bag lunch.

Leslie Purcell Upchurch is a Dalcroze Eurhythmics educator who holds the Dalcroze License and Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.  She is on the faculty of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center at Carnegie Mellon and The Dalcroze School at Lucy Moses in New York City.  Throughout her career, Ms. Upchurch has taught music classes in all settings, from community music schools to elementary schools and child care centres.  She continues to teach classes for children from ages 18 months to elementary age, while also being an instructor for pre-professional musicians.  Ms. Upchurch holds a BFA in Music from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Masters of Music from the University of Wisconsin/Madison.  She is also furthering her studies in Dalcroze at the Jacques-Dalcroze Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.



Down the Road and Where to Grow

Looking for continuing education or simply a course to update your training? Here are a few opportunities to study early childhood music education in Ontario this Summer:


Music music ed 2in Early Childhood

This must do course is already a tradition at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The course happens between July 18th and July 29th this year and it is recommended to anyone interested in quality music education for young children (prenatal to age eight). The courses includes lectures about pedagogy and philosophies in early childhood music education, musicianship and movement classes, choral singing, folk dancing and repertoire study.

Orff Summer Intensives

Every year the Royal Conservatory of Music offers a number of Summer intensive courses in Orff, the internationally acclaimed approach to teaching music. This year the program is happening between July 4th and July 15th. Three levels of the Orff Certification Program are being offered: Introduction to Orff, Orff Level 1 and Orff Level 2, as well as a Orff Level 1 (Mandarin Support) later in august. If a full course is not an option this Summer, maybe a workshop would refresh your skills and repertoire. “Orff Through the Ages” is a week-long workshop with Doug Goodkin that gives an overview of the curriculum used to teach children 3 years old to 8th grade. The workshop happens from August 22nd to August 26th also at the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto.

Kodàly Training

This year two institutions in Ontario are offering Kodàly training in the ed 1

The University of Western Ontario (London, ON) is offering a Level 1 intensive course between July 3rd and July 15th.

In August, the Royal Conservatory of Music has a Kodàly Level 2 intensive. This might be a good opportunity for those who intend to get the Kodàly certification.

If a Summer intensive is not an option, the RCM is also offering Levels 1 and 2 of the certification program in the Fall with classes once a week from September to May.

Dalcroze Summer Course

Also a tradition in Toronto, the Dalcroze Society of Canada is once more offering its Summer courses. The courses happen between August 8th and August 16th and you can choose between a 3-day initiation, a 6-day immersion or a 8-day intensive. The levels offered this year are Beginner, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced.

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All About Our Workshops

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 2013-02-03 16.23.31 Einformation.  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 nersz_2013-02-03_160011_ew 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.


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