Workshops

Sessions for Music Teachers and/or Classroom Teachers who teach their own music

Musicplay K-3 ~ An Overview of K-3 Music Curriculum
In this workshop, ideas for teaching and assessing K-3 musical concepts will be shared. Songs, games, and listening examples that can be used to teach and assess beat, accent, rhythms, meter, solfege, form, tempo, dynamics, and creating will be shared, and will be included in a comprehensive handout. This workshop is a full day, but a condensed version for 75 minutes or a half day is also available.

Musicplay 4-6 ~ An Overview of Grade 4-6 Music Curriculum
In this workshop, ideas for teaching and assessing Grade 4-6 musical concepts will be shared. Songs, games, and listening examples that can be used to teach and assess beat, accent, rhythms, meter, solfege, form, tempo, dynamics, and creating will be shared, and will be included in a comprehensive handout. This workshop is a full day, but a condensed version for 75 minutes or a half day is also available.

Strategies for Singing in Tune
Many students come to school having heard only pop music for vocal models. How do you move those children out of chest voice and into the child’s head voice? Learn to use props, puppets and games that children love to help develop the singing voice. Activities in this session will include Melody the Elephant, the Jelly Bean Dance, spooky voices, the Big and Little puppets, yarn sound compositions, and some great new singing games.

Sessions for Music Teachers and/or Classroom Teachers who teach their own music

Favorite Singing Games
Children everywhere love singing games. Teach rhythm and melody reading sequentially using your student’s favorite games! Teach social skills, multicultural material, and more through games! In this session, you’ll participate, play and see how teaching the game can enhance your curriculum. This session can be for Grades K-6, K-3 or 3-6 teachers.

Listening Fun and Games
Active listening strategies engage the listener and create a listening experience that helps the student to become more perceptive listeners. You can make classical music listening the requested activity in your classroom with these easy to learn, fun activities! We’ll use ribbons, cup games, scarves, tennis balls and movement to enhance the listening experience. This session is for K-6 teachers, but can be adapted for K-3 or Grade 3-6.

Assessment Made Easy – Quick, practical ideas for assessment in the elementary music classroom.
In this session, Denise will present ways to assess the national standards. Songs, games and activities that your students will enjoy that can be used as assessment opportunities will be part of this session.

Reproducible Choral Repertoire
Purchasing quality choral music in octavo format can be almost impossible for schools with large choirs and limited budgets. This session will present quality choral repertoire from a variety publishers that is reproducible. This is a choral reading session with a decided difference!

Smart Recorder ~ Recorder Made Easy!
In this session, Denise will introduce teacher resources, apps for iphone/ipad and reproducible recorder materials for Smartboard OR for computer/projector. Materials to teach recorder basics and beyond to the world of recorder duets, trios and ensembles will be shared. Teachers will receive free materials (maybe even a free recorder!) in this session.

Jazz it Up!
Introduce jazz to your music class! In this session you’ll learn how to get your students improvising, scat singing, singing the blues, creating blues compositions, moving, and dancing to jazz. Teachers will be provided with an overview of resources available for introducing jazz to students, but the focus of the session will be on actually singing jazzy pieces for elementary students, dancing to jazzy music and playing jazz music on recorder. This session is suitable for K-6 music specialists. You’ll have fun when you jazz it up! Sessions for Early Childhood and Kindergarten Teachers

Wiggle While You Learn
Movement and music are powerful teaching tools. Use actions songs to teach colors, numbers, healthy habits, safety, self esteem, social skills, alphabet, phonics, themes and more! All the songs used in the session will be included in your handout, so you can use them next week at school! This is a very practical workshop with many great ideas for using the child’s desire to wiggle for positive purposes. This workshop is available with either Denise Gagne or Carmen Bryant.

Music ~ Literacy ~ Learning
The integration of music and language arts can have a powerful impact on the learning in both areas. Use a child’s musical intelligence and love of movement to help develop phonemic awareness, reading ability and other basic skills. Use children’s literature to develop children’s creativity, expression and musical ability. This session will include songs, puppets, movement and use children’s literature to engage children in literacy learning. This workshop is available with either Denise Gagne or Carmen Bryant.

Music and Movement for the Young
In this session, Denise will share action songs, singing games, dances and movement activities to classical music that help the very young to develop their musical ability. You’ll get suggestions for getting children to develop their singing voices, steady beat, and awareness of fast/slow, loud/soft and high/low. Most of all, you’ll go home with songs, games and movement activities that are fun for you and the young children that you teach! This workshop is available with Denise Gagne.

Primary Dances and Singing Games
In this session, Denise will share action songs, singing games, folk dances and movement activities that help the very young to develop their movement skills and musical skills. You’ll get suggestions of how to incorporate the activities into your curriculum. Most of all, you’ll go home with songs, dances and games that are fun for you and the young children that you teach! This workshop is available with either Denise Gagne or Carmen Bryant.

Musicplay for Preschool or Family Music
Are you interested in teaching Family Music or preschool music classes? Musicplay Preschool programs offer teachers a quality curriculum and take-home materials at much lower cost than Kindermusik or Music Together. The program is currently in the development / pilot stage. Training for teachers will be available in 2013 or 2014.

For workshops with Denise Gagne, email or phone 1-888-562-4647

16 thoughts on “Workshops

  1. Jeanne Peloquin

    Hello Denise!
    I am a Canadian Music teacher, currently working in Doha, Qatar. I’m always hungry for professional development opportunities, and was wondering if you have sessions planned in Europe, Asia, Africa or the Middle East for the 2013-2014 school year.
    Many thanks, and I’m happy to have discovered your blog!
    Jeanne

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  2. Lori Pruss

    I just sent you an e-mail wishing information on any upcoming workshops, but preferably during the summer.
    Thanks for a response at your earliest convenience. lp

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    1. Denise Gagne

      Hi Lori – Sorry to be so slow replying! I’ve been off the blog for a while, but am going to try to be more active from now on! The Artie and Denise symposium (#5) is June 12-14 in Branson, Missouri. After that, I don’t have anything until August. August 13th will be a full day in Winnipeg, Aug. 14-16 I’ll be doing a 2 day workshop in Cheyenne, WY. During the next 2 weeks I plan to do 2-3 day Musicplay workshop in Red Deer, a back to school workshop in Calgary, Edmonton and 1-2 days in Toronto. Once I have facilities booked, I’ll post info.

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  3. Charlotte Harvey

    Hi Denise–I’m a friend of Joanne Hawthorn’s–I love your program! And I love Arties’ work too–are you teaching anywhere in the Summer or Spring break (March 12-20)?I’d love to book in a workshop –I wonder if it can be include din my post Level III pursuit? Please let me know any workshops you are doing for 2015–much appreciated!
    From Charlotte Harvey
    davecharlotteharvey@gmail.com

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    1. Denise Gagne

      Artie and I are in discussions right now about summer 2015 workshop. I think we’re going to be in Texas for 2 day workshops the last week of July 2015. I’ll add you to the newsletter list so that you get the list of workshops that are upcoming! (Apologies for not checking blog for messages sooner!)

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    1. Denise Gagne

      Apologies for not replying sooner – I’ve been on Musicplay Teachers group on Facebook instead of blog all fall. Artie and I are trying to organize a 2 day workshop in Houston the last week of July, and I’m working on 1-2 days in Ontario in April. In August there will be Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Toronto and possibly Vancouver.

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    2. Denise Gagne

      Workshop registrations are now posted at http://www.musicplay.ca The Artie and Denise Workshop will be in Houston and Dallas the last week of July. I have one in Toronto April 8th and will be at the Peel day on April 9th, and have back to school workshops planned for August – so far have Calgary, Edmonton registrations available, but will also have Winnipeg Aug. 24th, Toronto Aug. 27-28, and maybe Vancouver.

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  4. Grant Freeman

    HI Denise : I’m using various selections fron Muiscplay for my Christmas Concert including Christmas LIne Dance. Do you know of anyone who
    ‘s done a video of their version. I’ve searched YouTube and no come up with anything. The instructions that go along with the text don’t mean much to me as I’ve never done line dancing.

    Grant Freeman

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    1. Denise Gagne

      All the question came through this time – I have an older video of this. If I’m able to, I’ll convert it to a format that is possible to post on YouTube. My summer student who was good at video editing is coming in to work tomorrow, I hope!

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    2. Denise Gagne

      Sorry that I missed this question before Christmas – I’m not a very regular blogger! I do have a video somewhere – might be able to find and post it by next Christmas.

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  5. Tasha Maglocci

    Hi, Denise. A lot of teachers in Howard County, MD are using your products. Do you ever do workshops in MD?

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    1. Denise Gagne

      I’ve done workshops at the NE MENC in Baltimore, but haven’t been back to MD for a few years. I do many PD days, so if I’m invited, I’m always happy to come!

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