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25th Anniversary Fall Workshop

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

Spring Workshop 2015

Musical Links to Literacy


Angelique Davies, RECE, ME, ACECME

Join us for this unique workshop!  Explore basic music concepts and develop a repertoire of songs, rhymes and fingerplays.  With the use of a variety of picture books, participants will gain practical information on connecting music and early literacy experiences.  This is an excellent workshop for anyone wanting to create new opportunities for using music and books with children.

Angelique Davies


Date:   Sunday, April 12, 2015

 Time:   1-4 pm   Registration 12:30


U of T   Faculty of Music

Edward Johnson Bldg., Room 078

80 Queens Park, Museum Subway Station 



Angelique Davies is a registered early childhood educator who has worked in a variety of environments including museum, day care, charitable foundation, family resource program and kindergarten classroom settings since 1992.  She has her Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education from the Royal Conservatory of Music & Ryerson University, and has delivered unique workshops to early childhood practitioners at numerous colleges and conferences for over ten years.  Angelique then went on to earn a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE/UT.  She has also acted as a Course Instructor, and taught a music course to pre-service ECE students.  Angelique continues to bring music experiences to young children in Full Day Kindergarten.  Feel welcome to visit her blog for suggested ways to enrich your curriculum with the arts.

To pre-register you can download our Workshop Registration form .  Or you can register on line:



The Early Childhood Music Association of Ontario

will be holding its

Annual General Meeting


Sunday October 25, 2015


12:45 pm

at U.of T. Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Building Rm 330

All members welcome


If you are joining us on Sunday October 19, 2014 for our fall workshop, please note that there are road closures in Toronto:

Here is the link:

Music is Movement:

Dalcroze education for young children and their instructors


Dr. Jeremy Dittus, Diplôme Supérieur

Dalcroze Education is a unique, exciting, and powerful way of knowing music through the body. In this workshop we will explore Dalcroze education as it relates to young children. Participants will come away with inspiring ideas and concrete applications they can use immediately. There will be a live demo class of 5 year olds that Jeremy will teach to illustrate the ways that Dalcroze pedagogy can bring the elements of music to life for Kindergarten and primary students.  Come ready to move around!  Lunch is provided for participants who pre-register.

phot Jeremy Dittus

 Date:  October 19, 2014

Time:  10:30 – 4:30

Location:  University of Toronto, Edward Johnson Bldg, Rm 330

Jeremy Dittus currently teaches on the summer faculty at Colorado State University where he founded and now directs the Dalcroze School of the Rockies Dalcroze Academy teacher-training center. A former Lecturer in piano, theory, and solfège at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, he also has instructed undergraduate solfège, piano, and composition courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as eurhythmics and solfège at L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Dittus has presented Dalcroze workshops at home and abroad including the World Piano Conference, International Early Childhood Music and Movement Convention, National Dalcroze Conference, National Flute Convention, Colorado Music Educators Association State Convention, Piano Celebration at Metro-State University in Denver, University of Louisville Piano Institute, in addition to several summer music institutes and universities and conservatories across the country.

He is the founder and director of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado, the only authorized Dalcroze training center west of Pittsburgh in the United States.   The DSR offers Eurhythmics classes for children ages 4-14, adult enrichment classes, and full time study toward the Dalcroze Certificate/License (eurhythmics, solfège, improvisation, and pedagogy).

To pre-register you can download our Workshop Registration form.  The Early bird deadline is October 5th, 2014. Or you can register on line: