Denise Gagné is a music specialist with 25 years of experience teaching band, choir and classroom music from pre-school to Grade 12. She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 training in both Kodály and Orff. Her choirs and bands have won many awards at Music Festivals and have performed for local and national sporting events, on national radio and even for the Queen. She has been a workshop presenter in every Canadian province and territory and more than 43 states. She presents regularly for Orff and Kodály chapters, music educators conferences and preschool and kindergarten conferences in Canada, the USA, Asia, Europe and Australia! Denise is currently the managing editor of Themes & Variations. Denise is the author or editor of more than 80 publications for K- 6 music teachers including the Musicplay K-6 Elementary Music Curriculum.
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Carmen Bryant and Roberta Rovtar have been teaching early literacy for a combined 55 years. They hold bachelors degrees from Simon Fraser University, and Roberta has a Post Baccalaureate Diploma. They have been combining music and literacy in their classrooms and found it to be an effective learning tool in teaching ESL and kindergarten/year one programs. The program is rich in songs, movement, poetry, dance, and art to engage all learning styles. Carmen and Roberta have presented workshops at the California Kindergarten Conference, the Southern California Kindergarten Conference, Alberta Early Chilhood Convention and at workshops and PD Days throughout Alberta and BC.
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Dan Fee’s workshops focus on movement with a big dose of fun! Whether it’s folk dancing, adding improvised movement using large pieces of colored cloth material, mimicking silly swan movements with paper plates or showing melodic direction with a flashlight during Saint-Saens’ The Aviary, you will have ready-to-use movement activities for Monday morning!
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