Singposium 2014

The Alberta Kodály Association presents:




Saturday February 8, 2014

8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mount Royal  Conservatory, Mount Royal University

4825 Mount Royal Gate SW Calgary


Workshop Fee:

(includes lunch, 2014-2015 AKA membership, and entrance to the Alberta Children’s Choir Concert*)

Regular - $110

Student - $35

To Register:


Mail a cheque payable to:

Alberta Kodaly Association

6512 – 98 Street NW

T6E 3L7

Include your full name, email address, and mailing address. (Receipt may be sent through email OR mailing address)

* Workshop attendees are invited to attend the Alberta Children’s Choir Concert, sponsored by the Alberta Choral Federation free of charge.   Visit for more information. Details for concert TBD

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8:15-8:45 ~ Registration

8:45-9:00 ~ Welcome 

9:00-10:15 ~ SESSION #1

A Carnival of  Concepts: On the Road to Music Literacy in Early Childhood

-Susan Drayson-

10:15-10:45 ~ Break

10:45-12:00 ~ SESSION #2

It’s Never Too Late to Begin

-Connie Foss More-

12:00-1:00 ~ Lunch

1:00-2:15 ~ SESSION #3

Nova Scotian Folk Music in the Classroom

-Martha Healy-

2:15- 2:30 ~ Break 

2:30-3:45 ~ SESSION #4

Song For Canada – A Concert For Kids

-Jan Dammann-

3:45-4:00 ~ Conclusion



Session #1: A Carnival of Concepts: On the road to Music Literacy in Early Childhood

Bring musical concepts to life through a favourite topic of young students: animals!  Using excerpts from Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals in addition to much-loved furry friend folk songs, you can encourage music literacy (skills, knowledge, and understanding) while having a lot of fun and instilling a love of music all at the same time.  This session will explore repertoire and activities for your youngest students that they will ask for them time and time again, even when they are older!.  

Session #2: It’s Never Too Late to Begin

Teachers of upper-elementary grade beginners recognize the potential of Kodaly-style music education, despite Kodaly’s false image as an exclusively pre-school and primary level process.  In an existing sequential primary to elementary programme, we also encounter musically-unskilled new students in every grade.  The “older beginner” of any age (including adults!) welcomes materials and techniques that develop musicianship in an age-respectful way.  The joy of successful participation is not restricted to youngsters, and this session will give tips on how to create this magic with your older starters.

Session #3: Nova Scotia Folk Music in the Classroom

Martha will share the wealth of material that comes from the Maritime’s Helen Creighton Collection and the various ways that these musical gems can become part of the students’ life vocabulary. Songs, singing games, folk tales, recorder music - there are so many ways to make this wonderful material accessible to students and teachers. From using the songs in your regular music class to music selection for the music festivals to creating a concert based on the Helen Creighton Collection to building a teaching unit on the HCC - this session will touch on all of these topics.

Session #4: Song For Canada – 

A Concert for Kids

Canada’s folksong heritage is eclectic and exciting.   Introduce your students to songs and dances that reflect our diverse culture and heritage.  Learn how to arrange and then share this music in Jan’s ready-made concert.