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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.


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 woIMG_8506 Irkshops to you online.

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Vice President


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ECMA Workshop March 6, 2016

Mighty Pretty Motion

The Hokey Pokey really is what it’s all about!

with Kim Kendrick


Sunday March 6, 2016

1 – 4 pm, Registration 12:30 pm

The North Room, Runnymede United Church

432 Runnymede Road, Toronto

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

We will explore how to engage very young children and caregivers in music classes through creative and playful movement ideas.  Experience familiar songs and rhymes of early childhood in new ways as we discuss how to create new games and activities for your classroom.

Kim Kendrick is a music educator with more than 30 years of experience teaching people of all ages, both in the classroom and privately.  She earned her specialist certification in both Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk at the Royal Conservatory School in Toronto.  She has also completed 5 post-Level 3 Orff intensive courses with Doug Goodkin, Steve Calantropio and Jo-Ella Hug.  Kim is a frequent workshop presenter, having given workshops for the Toronto District School Board, the Early Childhood Music Association of Ontario, the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, and the Anglican Dioceses of Toronto.  Kim worked with the education department of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on an early childhood education project.  She is the founder and director of the st. Mary Magdalene Orff Ensemble.  Kim is currently on the Faculty of the Royal Conservatory School where she teaches the recorder component of the Orff Level courses.  She is an Itinerant Music Instructor (Orff and Vocal specialist) for the Toronto District School Board and teaches Kindernotes, and early childhood programme of the Toronto Children’s Chorus.

ECMA Workshop January 10, 2016

Musical Touch, Yoga & Little Me

with Brittany Logsdon


Sunday January 10, 2016

1 – 4 pm, Registration 12:30 pm

The North Room, Runnymede United Church

432 Runnymede Road, Toronto

Register on-line at, or you can register by mail using our Workshop Registration form

Experience and discover the often overlooked, but ever so important, social and emotional development of children (birth – age 8). This workshop will focus on how yoga, mindfulness, music and touch can be used to help children develop their social and emotional intelligence. Participants will have the opportunity to experience and practice activities and games that can be used and incorporated into children’s everyday routine. Detailed handout will be provided. Ideal for early childhood educators, music educators and parents.

Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move freely in.  Sock feet are best, as we will be removing our shoes during some activities.  Also feel free to bring a stuffy or baby doll to use during activities.

Brittany Logsdon is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor and Infant Massage Instructor. She is currently completing her Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education at The Royal Conservatory of Music. Brittany has worked with infants and children in a variety of settings over the past ten years including parenting programs, daycares, schools, small groups and private classes. She incorporates mindfulness, breathing techniques and cooperative play into her classes in order to help children develop their social and emotional skills and intelligence. Brittany is passionate about social and emotional development in children and is excited to be able to share her knowledge and experiences with you.


Upcoming ECMA Workshops 2016


On October 23, ECMA is pleased to present a workshop with Leslie Upchurch, a US-based Dalcroze educator.  Leslie will be providing us with practical ways to enhance musical skills and craft activities to suit young children.


Find out more about Leslie at

We look forward to seeing you there!

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: