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Elementary Music Curriculum for Music Specialists and Classroom Teachers

Denise Gagné, clinician, has taught music at all grade levels. She has degrees in music (B. Music University of Victoria) and education, as well as Level 3 in Kodaly and Orff. Denise has authored many elementary music publications including Musicplay K-6. Denise has been a workshop presenter in every Canadian province and territory, at more than 39 US state conferences and Orff Chapters. She has presented at national and international conferences in Canada, the USA, Malaysia, Australia, Europe, Korea, and Singapore - her workshops are fun, practical, and activity based.

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September 21 - Toronto  Get Creative and Composing in K-6 music classes     
October 24 - Langley   Fun Ideas for Music Classes & Choirs             

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Easy Music Theory

From Folk to Pop is a set of lesson plans for Grades 3-8 based on traditional folk songs that have been recorded by rock singers and found their way to the pop charts. The lessons include learning to sing the song, creating and adding accompaniments and descants and playing the song on instruments. The collection also includes a history of the song, listening activities and YouTube links to compare the traditional with the pop version. There are assessment suggestions and rubrics included.  Pop artists include Bruce Springstein , Elvis, The Beach Boys, Great Big Sea and more.

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Vocal Exploration Cards

This kit includes colored shape posters for use with vocal exploration.  Have the kids sing the way the shape shows on an ah, oo, or lip trill to help get their voices warmed up and to help develop flexibility in their singing voices.  This kit also includes colored posters to illustrate the types of voices and thinking the song (to develop inner hearing or audiation).

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Making Music Fun

Kerry Heisler has written a wonderful collection of warmups for young voices, Strictly Warmups. This collection of vocal warm-ups was developed from a need identified in the author’s private teaching practice. This is the digital version to use with computer/ projectors, IWB, or SMART Boards.  There are five different sets of warmups.  Each set includes a physical warm-up, breath awareness, and exercises to work on range, dipthongs, vowels, diction, and swing rhythms. 

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Smart Vol2

Linda Miller has created a comprehensive resource for teaching, practicing and assessing rhythms. In this resource, 10 levels of difficulty are included! This will take your students from kindergarten to middle school!

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Easy Music Theory

Easy Music Theory for Middle School is a student workbook that will teach students the basics of music theory. Easy Music Theory will be useful for general music classes, beginning band or choral classes. Your assessment of student understanding will be easy - just collect and mark the workbooks.

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This is a collection of Canadian folk songs arranged for unison/SA choir by Canadian composer, Craig Cassils. It includes reproducible vocal scores, piano/vocal scores and a CD with beautiful vocal performances and orchestrations.  Several of the arrangements include optional flute.  This is like getting 8 octavos that you’re allowed to photocopy for just $30!

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Sing Canada's History

Tell the story of Canada through our folk songs! This collection of 14 traditional folk songs and one composed song can be used by music teachers, social studies teachers or classroom teachers! The orchestrated musical arrangements and vocal recordings are beautiful, and include both performance and accompaniment tracks.

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Can Do Music

Can Do Music is a complete program which teaches TEACHERS and students how to do music. This is a comprehensive program with everything that the classroom teacher needs for teaching music in one package! Can Do Music 2 will give the classroom teacher who teaches their own music the tools needed to meet all the expectations in the Ontario curriculum (and other provinces!). The experienced music teacher will love the beautiful visuals, composition units, movies, worksheets and assessment tools that are included.

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Nancy's Daily Phys-Ed For Kids DVDs
Nancy's Daily Phys-Ed For Kids Volumes 1 & 2

This exercise DVD is a fun and easy way to provide daily physical activities in your classroom. It's the perfect indoor recess activity for Grade 1-6 classes! Play the DVD on a DVD/TV or project via computer to a Smartboard. Nancy leads a group of students in a fun, safe, efficient and effective 30 minute fitness program.  

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Musicplay Grants

We have a list of schools that have received grants so far - applications are still open!

Musicplay Grant Application

Musicplay Award Winners PDF




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