January 9, 2016 Mary Stouffer

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MaryStouffer8:30 am Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Workshop, with one hour lunch at noon*

Beaux Arts Academy

329 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City
Click here for directions and parking info!

*Lunch can be ordered the morning of the workshop

Sing a Song of Sixpence: Music in Early Childhood

Discover the powerful influence musical songs, rhymes and games have on the development of our youngest children.

Enjoy a musical and thought-provoking day, while we discover WHY musical activities are vital in our young children’s lives and HOW they support the development of the whole child. Musical songs, rhymes, games, movement activities, instruments and listening activities will be explored in conjunction with child development and research, with the focus on prenatal – age 8. This workshop will be musically sound for all participants, but also provide great interest to anyone involved in and/or curious about the development of young children and the understanding of the powerful influence music provides. Participants of all experience levels are welcome, including early childhood educators, primary teachers, parents, and music teachers working with young children.

Mary Stouffer

Mary Stouffer is a professor at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada. She teaches music pedagogy to potential early childhood educators in the ECE diploma and those interested in working with children in various contexts in society, in the Bachelor of Child Development degree. She has given workshops for Early Childhood organizations as well as music organizations across Canada, the U.S, Finland and Poland.

For much of her career, Mary was a faculty member at The Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto, teaching music programs for children, from parents and babies up to children age 10. She developed the programs Music with Your Baby and Music with your Toddler which are some of the most popular programs at the school. She was also instrumental in developing The Advanced Certificate in Music in Early Childhood, a post-graduate certificate in Early Childhood Music Education, in cooperation with Ryerson University. She was the founding President of The Early Childhood Music Association of Ontario, an active organization in the field, supporting early childhood music educators, and those interested in the music education of young children. All of her teaching, both children and young adults is based on the Kodaly philosophy of teaching.

Mary received her musical education from the University of Western and her Kodály Certification at the University of Calgary, studying with Lois Choksy. She taught for many summers co-teaching with her mentor Donna Wood, a great Canadian pioneer in the field of music in early childhood. It was during the summer course that she met Professor Katalin Forrai, an international renowned specialist in music in early childhood, who was invited by her friend and colleague Donna Wood, to share her expertise, teaching in the course for several summers.  Winning an international Kodály scholarship, Mary studied for one year at the Franz Liszt Academy, in Budapest, Hungary working closely and travelling the country with Professor Katalin Forrai. She later embarked on her MM with Kodály Emphasis, at the University of Calgary. Mary is presently on the Board for the International Katalin Forrai Award, who honours those who continue the valuable work of Katalin Forrai. In June, 2015 Mary had the honour of presenting the award to Sister Lorna Zemke at Silver Lake College in Wisconsin.

Workshop Fees:

Member prices: one workshop $35
three workshops $80

Guest prices: one workshop $45
three workshops $110

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