Singposium 2019

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All Around the Circle:  Celebrating Folk Song and Vernacular Music 

In this workshop, Lori Dolloff will engage us in developing part-singing with our groups, using folk song and other vernacular music as the basis for our music making.  Strategies for collaborating to create ostinato and other harmony ideas with our students will be explored.  We will also examine the role of cultural, linguistic and historical context in providing entry points for student engagement.


Lori-Anne Dolloff has been a professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto since 1994.  She is Coordinator of the Music Education Department and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting, music teaching and research methods. Her work as an educator is grounded in the teaching of Zoltán Kodályand Carl Orff, practices that have informed the teaching of Elementary Music Education at the University of Toronto during her career.  Lori has become passionate about teaching in the Arctic, having completed 17 visits to Iqaluit, Pangirtung and Rankin Inlet singing with children in the schools and conducting an annual Choral Festival.  An often-sought workshop leader, clinician and guest conductor, Lori Dolloff is a member of the conducting faculty at the annual Choral Symposium held in July at the University of Toronto.  Her compositions and arrangements have been performed by choirs around the world, including being featured at the International Children’s Choir Festival held at Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Hall, London, England.  

Kodály Level 1 Training - Summer 2018

Kodály Level I: Musicianship, Pedagogy, and Choral

EDEL 597 SEM B01/ LAB H01

Blended learning class taught both in person and online

June 23 to June 30, 2018 - Online work via eClass (Moodle)
July 9 – July 20: on-campus, Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ardelle Ries  (Musicianship, Choral Conducting and Ensemble) 
Anita Perlau (Pedagogy and Folk Materials)

Level I focuses on pedagogical materials and strategies appropriate for the primary elementary grades.

This course is designed for elementary teachers interested in strengthening their teaching skills related to the development of children’s music literacy. Pedagogical principles and practices to develop music literacy skills in primary grades will be explored with a special emphasis on contemporary pedagogy inspired by Zoltán Kodály. Building a positive classroom environment for music learning within the context of developing musical understanding will be discussed with daily hands-on exploration of learner-centered materials, resources and teaching strategies appropriate for each grade level. Choral repertoire and vocal pedagogy suitable for singers in primary grades will be examined. Students will also have the opportunity to continue developing their own personal singing, conducting, and general musicianship skills (e.g., inner hearing, tonic solfa, sight singing) in the context of daily course activities

NOTE: Qualified undergraduates may be eligible to take these courses upon approval of the instructors.

For further info, contact Anita Perlau ( or Kathy Robinson (

Singposium Workshop February 3, 2018


We will be hosting our annual Singposium Workshop on February 3, 2018 with Maree Hennessey, in Calgary.

Location: River Valley School

Time: 9:00 am-3:30pm

Cost: $125 for workshop and membership. 

Our AGM will also be held at this time. Lunch will be served.



Master of Music Studies (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Education (Queensland University of Technology), Australian Kodály Certificate (KMEIA). Board member, NCAKE chapter of OAKE. Vice-President, KMEIA Australia.

Maree oversees the renowned Masters in Music Education (Kodály) program at Holy Names University. Maree has worked in music education across sectors and age groups  - in early childhood, school, university and community settings. She is involved in teacher training in California, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Maree has been instrumental in the development of curriculum materials and resources designed to assist teachers in the implementation of effective music programs in schools. She enjoys working in mixed ability contexts when developing musicianship and has particular expertise  and commitment to teacher development. Her work explores how reflective practice and collaboration can contribute to professional growth of teachers.

Please note that there are two River Valley campuses. Singposium will be held at:

Early Learning Campus

6305 – 33 Ave NW
Calgary, Alberta
T3B 1K8

Sip n' Sing Event, Friday, November 17, 2017

Please join us for our annual "Sip n' Sing" events  in Calgary, Lethbridge and Edmonton. 

This event will be held on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Hosts:  Joanne (Lethbridge), Ruby (Edmonton), Anita (Calgary) Please RSVP to the hosts for details:

RSVP for Edmonton to Ruby (

RSVP for Calgary to Anita (

RSVP to Lethbridge to Joanne (

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Singposium 2017

January 28, 2017 - Singposium 2017

The AKA and Alberta Orff Chapter present:

"Pathways to Process: Using Children's Literature to Address Musical Concepts"
Thom Borden

Edmonton, Alberta

 When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Where: Elizabeth Finch School, 
13815 160 Ave NW, Edmonton Alberta

8:30am - 9:00am - Registration
9:00am - 10:30am  - Session 1
10:30am - 11:00am - Break
11:00am - 12:30pm - Session 2
12:30pm - 1:15pm - Lunch (provided)
1:15pm - 2:45pm - Session 3


$110 included lunch and membership fee


Thom Borden has a B.S. in Music Education and an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction focused in Reading.  He completed Orff Levels at UNLV and an Orff Master Level at the University of Memphis under Jos Wytac.  Advanced studies include music and movement in Paris as well as Kodaly training and certification through CSU with Sr. Lorna Zemke.  He is past-president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter and has presented at numerous AOSA and OAKE Conferences.  He has presented in Australia, Canada, and China and presents at Orff and Kodaly chapters across the United States each year.  Currently teaching PreK-5 in Las Vegas, Thom served as the AOSA Diversity Committee Chair and has published Orff arrangements in the McGraw-Hill series, Spotlight on Music and Music Studio.  He has published materials on using manipulatives in the music classroom and using children's literature to address music concepts and skills. 

Spring Into Singing

April 22, 2017  - Spring into Singing!

Regional event; 1/2 day workshop 10-12 noon
Edmonton: Monica Dear  - Ukulele in the Classroom
Calgary : Jan Taylor Bilenki - Digging Deep in the Music Room:  Composition Ideas for Grades 1-6

$10 members/ $10 students/ $20 non members

Jan Taylor-Bilenki

This session will focus on helping students to build confidence and skill in creating during music classes.  Topics will include:  understanding selected compositional techniques, improvisation and planning ideas for both short and longer term inquiry into composition.

There will be opportunities to share your own successes in these areas.

Monica Dear

I cannot change the oil in your car, perform a root canal, or frankly, tell the difference between a Megabyte and a kilowatt…
I can, however, teach music teachers how to teach ukulele. 
I have enjoyed teaching ukulele to my students ever since the last century, even when it wasn’t cool. I generally begin teaching ukulele to grade 4 students, by then they are chomping at the bit to learn. It is so satisfying to see them bloom as musicians. So many concepts come alive for them through playing ukes.
I love seeing teachers become brave enough to teach ukulele to their own students, with good pedagogy, 
technique, skills and a wide variety of repertoire. I share the course that I have developed over the years, incorporating new and current materials, from the best that YouTube has to offer to the excellent resources developed by the acclaimed James Hill.
I am a Level III James Hill Ukulele Initiative Certified teacher. (Woohoo! I worked hard for that!)

University of Alberta EDEL 597

University of Alberta Faculty Education

Department of Elementary Education 

EDEL 597:  Kodály Level III

Pedagogy and Materials, Musicianship, Conducting & Choral Ensembl

On-line work required through UAlberta eClass site July 31 - Aug 4.

Class taught Aug 7 - 18. Students will be required to attend sessions on the Augustana Campus in Camrose Aug 7 - 13. Students will meet together on Aug 7 in room AU A 024 at 9am and then will attend the symposium from Aug 8 - 13. Further instruction will take place on the Edmonton Campus from Aug 14 – 18 from 9am – 4:30pm.

Registration for the Kodaly International Symposium is also required. 


Dr. James Cuskelly (Australia), Pedagogy & Materials

Dr. László Nemes (Hungary), Musicianship, Conducting & Choral Ensemble


August 7-August 13, 2017

University of Alberta Augustana Campus

Camrose, Alberta Canada


August 14-August 18, 2017

University of Alberta Faculty of Education

Edmonton, Alberta Canada

This course provides an enriched experience for pre- and in-service teachers with renowned international faculty to explore Kodály-based pedagogical principles that can be applied to upper elementary, junior high and high school settings. Pedagogical principles and practices for musical growth will be explored with a special emphasis on current, contemporary practices. With singing as the focus the course will consist of hands on experiences with learner-centered materials, resources and teaching strategies appropriate for these settings. During this two-week professional development experience, course participants will attend relevant workshop and lecture sessions and will also hone conducting and musicianship skills.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Kodaly Level II

For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Robinson at

Registration for the Kodaly International Symposium is also required. See  AND for more information.

Dr. James Cuskelly

Dr. James Cuskelly is Head of Faculty: Creative Arts and Design Studies at St Aidan’s Anglican Girl’s School, Brisbane, President of the International Kodály Society, Director of the Summer School Music Program, and Director of the Cuskelly College of Music.

He completed undergraduate studies and a Diploma of Education at the University of Queensland. The Kodály Certificate from Holy Names College (California) was awarded in 1991 and the Master of Music studies (The University of Queensland) in 1997. He gained the Doctor of Philosophy (The University of Queensland) in Music Education in 2007. He was Head of Music Education and the Aural Musicianship Program at the University of Queensland from 2000 – 2010, and during that time received two awards for Excellence in Teaching. James has a very broad base in education, having taught in Kindergarten, pre-school, primary and secondary classrooms as well as in tertiary institutions. His passion for music, and his ability to enthuse and bring about effective learning in students across all ages or abilities, is internationally recognized. He is frequently asked as guest presenter and in 2015 taught in teacher training programs in Hungary (at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute), Edinburgh (National Youth Choir of Scotland), England (the British Kodály Academy) and Singapore. In addition he was invited keynote speaker at the MENZA Conference in Auckland (NZ). James is committed to teacher training, and is considered a global leader in music education and he directs internationally recognized programs. James runs a variety of accredited teacher training programs including the Summer School Music Program (Brisbane) and Australia Kodály Certificate programs in Malaysia, Perth and New Zealand and Indonesia.

A talented musician in his own right, James is also a highly regarded choral conductor and clinician. He is founding Director of the Queensland Kodály Choir and conductor of the auditioned girls’ choir, Ensemble Volar. He is frequently asked to run choral workshops and lead choral festivals and workshops, and each year James convenes The Big Sing, a community choral festival held in Brisbane.


Dr. László Norbert Nemes

László Norbert Nemes, professor of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest and director of the International Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy. He holds a doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Alberta and a habilitation certification from the Liszt Academy of Music. Since September 2014 he has been artistic director of the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir of the Liszt Academy. For twelve years he worked as the associate conductor of the Hungarian Radio Children's Choir. In recognition of his artistic activities he received the Bartók-Pásztory Award in 2005. As a music pedagogue and conductor Dr. Nemes has held workshops, master classes and seminars in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Finland, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Korean Republic, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of China/Taiwan, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Since 2012 he has been guest professor and academic consultant at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.

University of Alberta EDEL 595

Faculty of Education

The Department of Elementary Education Summer Music Academy – Summer 2017

EDEL 595 – International Kodaly Seminar

Summer 2017

3 graduate credits

August 8-12, 2017

Class taught Aug 8 - 12 at Augustana campus in Camrose in conjunction with the International Kodaly Symposium. First class will meet Tuesday, August 8 at 1 pm  in room AU A024.


Dr. Kathy Robinson

This special seminar will be taught in conjunction with the International Kodály Society 23rd Symposium to be held in Camrose, Alberta during August 8-13, 2017. Teachers and graduate students planning to attend the conference may register at the University of Alberta to participate in this 3 credit course alongside the conference in order to have the opportunity to:

-Learn international singing games and vocal/choral repertoire for elementary and secondary students

-Explore resources and teaching materials and strategies for developing singing skills, reading skills and musical understanding in children

-Increase personal musicianship and pedagogic skills, and

-Reflect upon and discuss contemporary perspectives on using 21st century Kodály approaches to teach children music.

Participation in one face-to face class before (July 8, 1 pm) and one electronic forum discussion after the symposium is required as well as completion of a reflection paper and action plan regarding ideas gleaned from conference presentations and the participant’s  current classroom practice. Activities in this course will help K-12 teachers gain new skills, understandings and lenses through which to innovate, interpret, and lead in Kodály inspired music education.

More than 75% of the sessions at the Symposium are workshops led by internationally renowned pedagogues including Jill Trinka, Susan Brumfield, James Cuskelly, László Nemes and many more.  Singing games sessions will feature repertoire from Scotland, Malaysia, the Caribbean (with Steel drum ensemble), the US and Australia.

NOTE:  Qualified undergraduates be eligible to take this course upon approval of the instructor. 

 Registration for the Kodaly International Symposium is also required. See  AND for more information.

For further information email

Kodàly Summer Training 2016

Kodály Level 1 and 2 at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

  • Dates: June 27 – July 1, 2016 Online word via eClass (Moodle)
  • Dates: July 4 – 15, 2016  University of Alberta (on-campus)
  • Level 1 and Level 2
  • Instructors: Anita Perlau, Jody Stark, Dr. Ardelle Ries, Jorgianne Talbot, Michael Zaugg
  • This is a graduate-level M. Ed. course that also leads to certification from the Kodaly Society of Canada. Undergraduate students and in-service teachers not enrolled in a Masters program may also participate.
  • Summer Course Contact: Jody Stark:

For more information:

Summer Music Academy Flyer

For more information about other summer courses, visit the KSC website.

Singposium 2016

Kodály inspired teaching of adolescents

Saturday February 6, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
1121- 14 Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta



Workshop Fee:

(includes lunch, 2016 Alberta Kodály Association membership, Kodály Society of Canada membership, and admission to the Alberta Children’s Choir concert & rehearsal*)

Regular - $110

Student - $35


* Workshop attendees are invited to attend events for the Alberta Children’s Choir, sponsored by the ChoirsAlberta, free of charge. 

This includes:

- observing a rehearsal, conducted by the internationally acclaimed Zimfira Poloz who will be working with the Alberta Children’s Choir in Calgary (Friday, Feb. 5th, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

- one complimentary ticket to the Alberta Children’s Choir concert

   (Calgary: Saturday, February 6th 7:00pm @ Knox United Church)

   (Edmonton: Saturday, January 30th 7:00pm)

 Visit for more information on the ACC.


8:15-8:45 ~ Registration

 8:45-9:00 ~ Greet the day with Singing!

- Marni Strome-

 9:00-10:30 ~ SESSION #1

Kodály: Mythbusters

-Dr. Ardelle Ries-

 10:30-10:45 ~ Break

 10:45-12:15 ~ SESSION #2

Teaching for Musical Understanding

-Jody Stark-

 12:15-1:15 ~ Lunch
(Annual General Meetings for
the Kodály Society of Canada &
the Alberta Kodály Association)

    1:30-2:00 ~ Demonstration Lesson

children of the Mount Royal Musicianship program

-Sylvia Zavzavadjian/Anita Perlau-

 2:00-3:30 ~ SESSION #3

Singing with Grade 7/8

-Dr. Kim Eyre-

3:30- 3:45 ~ Go forth singing!

-Anita Perlau-


Session #1: Kodály: Myth Busters

Those who engage in Kodály-based education should know something about Kodály, himself. This interactive session includes singing of Kodály compositions, folk songs, some of his exercises, use of movement, canons, art music, and composition. This will be an engaging, interactive and culturally relevant session that will provide both historical aspects as well as active music-making.

 Session #2: Teaching for Musical Understanding

While we want our students to have meaningful experiences with music, we also want them to grow in their musical understanding. This session will demonstrate a variety of activities that teachers can adapt for their classrooms in order to ensure that upper elementary students become better musicians, deepen their understanding of music, and are actively engaged in our music classes. Using Orff instruments, recorders, choral pieces, singing games, and other activities, participants will be shown several activities to increase students’ understanding of form, chords, part-singing, music notation, and musicianship skills in the context of the day-to-day music class.

 Session #3: Singing in Grade 7 and 8

Dr. Kim Eyre


Ardelle Ries

An Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alberta Augustana Faculty, Ardelle has conducted the Augustana Choir for a decade and is the founding director of Mannskor: Augustana’s Men’s Choir. Additional post-secondary teaching responsibilities include conducting, choral literature, and musicianship classes. With a strong musical and pedagogical foundation established at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Hungary, Ardelle has been on faculty as an aural musicianship specialist at the Kecskemét Kodály Conservatory, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Calgary. In July 2015, she taught in the Kodály Level One course offered by the University of Alberta Faculty of Education and lead seminars at the International Kodály Seminar in Kecskemét, Hungary. Ardelle served on the board of the Alberta Choral Federation for nearly a decade and is the 2013 recipient of the Richard S. Eaton Award of Distinction in recognition for exemplary service to choral music in the province of Alberta. Ardelle is an advisor for the Alberta Kodály Association and serves on the board of directors for the Kodály Society of Canada and the International Kodály Society.

Jody Stark

Jody teaches music and music education at Concordia University College of Alberta where she was also the Executive Director of Concordia’s award-winning choral music and teacher education program Singspiration/Inspiration for Teachers. In addition to her work at Concordia, Ms. Stark teaches the pedagogy and materials component of a certified graduate-level Kodály teacher education program which she helped to start at the University of Alberta. Her background includes studies at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary and with Lois Choksy at the University of Calgary, and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Alberta. Jody is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta where she is studying music teacher professional learning. She has served on the executive of the Alberta Kodály Association for almost 20 years in a variety of roles, and is the vice-chair for the 2017 International Kodály Symposium to be held in Camrose, Alberta.

 Sylvia Zavzavadjian

Sylvia graduated from McGill University in Montreal and obtained her Kodály training from the University of Calgary. Sylvia has taught as a music specialist at the Calgary French and International School and she is very excited to be part of the Mount Royal University Conservatory faculty. She loves working with children and believes that learning through singing is a fundamental step in developing musicianship. Sylvia teaches piano and theory in her home studio, and she is an accompanist in the MRU Conservatory.

 Kim Eyre

 Anita Perlau

Anita has worked with students of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, in schools and in community choirs. Anita taught as an elementary music specialist for 11 years prior to joining the Conservatory as Children’s Choir director in 1997 and a Kodály instructor in 2000. Anita is well versed in both the Kodály and Orff philosophies. Anita studied with Lois Choksy and Jane Frazee, both leading international scholars in music education. In 2013, Anita completed the Master of Music Education at the  University of Alberta from which she gained a deeper understanding of early childhood development and music education theories and practice.

 Marni Strome

Marni Strome is active as a teacher, conductor, and clinician. Marni has worked for over 25 years teaching choral music in the public education system, as Artistic Director of the Calgary Children’s Choir, and as conductor of St. Giles Presbyterian Church choir.

Marni’s choirs have been award winners in local and provincial festivals and perform a wide range of repertoire from musicals to large scale classical works. Marni received her degrees from the University of Calgary, where she subsequently has taught choral conducting pedagogy for the university’s Kodály summer diploma program. Marni has completed her ARCT in voice performance and Grade Eight piano from the Toronto conservatory. Marni continues to expand her knowledge and skills by participating in conducting workshops in the USA and Europe. Her goal is to engage people in the art of choral music so that they will become lifetime participants  in the music community.

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Upcoming AKA Events

The AKA is proud to offer upcoming professional development in both Calgary and Edmonton. 

December 4, 7 pm - Sip and Sing social, Calgary  RSVP to for location

December 11, 7 pm - Sip and Sing social, Edmonton  RSVP to for location

February 6 - Singposium workshop at Mt. Royal University, Calgary

April 16 - Spring into Singing workshop, Calgary

April 23 - Project Learning for Div II workshop, Presented by David Stark, Edmonton