Music Conference Alberta 2014

October 23-25, 2014    Edmonton Alberta    For more information or to register, visit

October 23-25, 2014

Edmonton Alberta

For more information or to register, visit

Sessions Sponsored by the AKA

Children’s Literature and Music: The Joyful Connection by Dr. Kathryn Smith

Children’s literature is a wonderful resource that can provide teachers with a wide variety of ways to support the development of children’s musical understanding and skill. This workshop will introduce many examples of children’s literature that can be used effectively in the elementary school classroom to actively engage children in various aspects of the music curriculum. Research findings from recent studies that explored the significance of children’s literature in the development of literacy will also be shared.

Kodaly’s Principles in Practice: From Start to Finish – taking a choral piece to 

performance level by Marni Strome

With a diverse group of learners, (such as in a choir), how do we teach music concepts and skills, while still engaging students in the rehearsal process and preparing them for performance? Not only is it possible, it is important to do this, and Marni will share her strategies, tips and tricks. Discussion points will include warm ups, rehearsal plans, and score preparation.


Dr. Kathryn Smith is currently a sessional instructor in the Departments of Elementary Education and Music at the University of Alberta where she teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses including Music for Early Childhood Educators, Music Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Elementary School, and Instruments for Children. She is the recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa award for outstanding dissertation of the year for her work in the area of musical play in early childhood education. Kathy has served as a music consultant for the Edmonton Public School district and has taught in rural, urban, and international school settings. She is an active speaker and researcher in early childhood music education. Her publications include chapters in M. Kennedy & Bolden, B. (Eds.) Widening the Boundaries of Music Education and K. Smithrim & R. Upitis (Eds.) Listen to Their Voices: Research and Practice in Early Childhood Music as well as journal articles that highlight her joint research with Dr. Amanda Montgomery in exploring the significance of singing song-based picture books in the development of early literacy. Dr. Smith also provides music consulting services related to elementary music curriculum, pedagogy, and practice.


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 have performed a wide range of repertoire – from musicals to large scale Classical works. Under Marni’s direction, the Calgary Children’s Choir has toured to various parts of Canada and the United States, Europe, and Japan. The choir has commissioned works from such composers as Donald Patriquin, Eleanor Daly, and Kathryn Parrotta, and has worked with conductors such as Henry Leck, David Flood, and Will Kesling.

Marni Strome received her degrees from the University of Calgary, where she subsequently has taught Choral Conducting pedagogy based on the Kodaly Method for the University’s summer diploma program. Marni has completed her ARCT in voice performance and Grade Eight piano from the Toronto conservatory.

Marni has continued 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 field of music and in the music community.