Theatre and Culture for Early Years       May 16 – 23, 2016        Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

Smart Start™ Workshop

Workshops with Catherine West

Catherine West, Pedagogy Leader at the Royal Conservatory of Music, has an international reputation as an author, workshop clinician, course instructor and arts-in-education consultant. Ms. West works with the Marilyn Thomson Centre Early Years Research Project at the Royal Conservatory, a project investigating how music can be used to teach cognitive skills to young children. She has focused much of her career on early childhood music as a specialty and a passion, and has worked with a broad range of clients in the private and public sectors.

Thursday May 19, 11:00-11:30, 24-36 months | Wychwood Barns 

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This session is an Introduction to Smart Start™, the Royal Conservatory’s music program for children aged 0 – 6 years. This active workshop for parents and children will include an engaging variety of musical games including finger plays, singing games, movement games with scarves, puppets, balls and parachutes, and instrumental play. The workshop will encourage parents to explore the same small piece of musical material in these multiple ways, thereby deepening the children’s awareness of pattern and connection, and their cognitive flexibility. Handouts of musical materials will be made available.

Friday May 20, 11:00-11:30, 0-12 months | The Theatre Centre Gallery  SOLD OUT

This session is an Introduction to Smart Start™, the Royal Conservatory’s music program for children aged 0 – 6 years. This active workshop for parents and babies will include an engaging variety of musical games including bouncing and lap games, finger plays, movement games with scarves, puppets and balls, and instrumental play. The workshop will encourage parents to explore the same small piece of musical material in these multiple ways, thereby deepening the children’s awareness of pattern and connection, and their cognitive flexibility. Handouts of musical materials will be made available.


Workshops with Brenda O’Connor

Brenda O’Connor is a teacher in the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Smart Start™ program, and a conductor with Young Voices Toronto. She is passionate about providing joyful and engaging opportunities for young children to experience music, and for youth to experience choral music at a high level. As well as her work as a music educator and advocate, she is also an Ontario certified teacher, and an avid choral singer.

Saturday, May 21st, 11:00-11:30, 2-3 year-olds | Tarragon Theatre  SOLD OUT

This session is an Introduction to Smart Start™, the Royal Conservatory’s music program for children aged 0 – 6 years. This active workshop for parents and children will include an engaging variety of musical games including finger plays, singing games, movement games, activities with scarves, puppets, balls, parachutes, and instrumental play. The workshop will encourage parents and children to explore the same small pieces of musical material in multiple ways, deepening the children’s awareness of pattern, and their cognitive flexibility.

Handouts of musical materials will be made available.

Saturday, May 21st, 3:30-4, 12-24 months | The Theatre Centre SOLD OUT 

This session is an Introduction to Smart Start™, the Royal Conservatory’s music program for children aged 0 – 6 years. This active workshop for parents and babies will include an engaging variety of musical games including bouncing and lap games, finger plays, movement games with scarves, puppets and balls, and instrumental play. The workshop will encourage parents and children to explore the same small pieces of musical material in these multiple ways, thereby deepening the children’s awareness of pattern and connection, and their cognitive flexibility. Handouts of musical materials will be made available.