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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