Music Fun, Games and Activities to Teach and Assess MusicĀ 

Music Fun, Games and Activities to Teach and Assess Music 

In session you’ll play games, sing, move, read, write, create, and play instruments while  participating in mini-lessons on beat, rhythm, melody, form and expression for K-5 music classes.  You’ll use manipulatives for a tactile hands-on learning experience while seeing how online resources can reinforce and complement the learning.  You’ll learn super-easy ways to assess rhythm reading and writing.  This session will be lots of fun, while giving teachers easy ways to plan, teach and assess music in their classes.

Target Audience

K-5 music classes

To Bring/Important Notes

Just bring yourselves in comfortable clothing to move, play instruments, sing and dance.


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Denise Gagne

    Short Bio:

    Denise Gagne has taught instrumental, choral and classroom music from babies and preschool to College levels . She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 certification in both Kodaly and Orff.  Denise has authored or edited many publications including the Musicplay PreK-6  elementary music curriculum.


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    Long Bio:

    Denise Gagne is a music specialist with 40 years of experience teaching band, choir and classroom music from pre-school to College levels.  Her choirs and bands won many awards at Music Festivals and performed for local and national sporting events, on national radio and even for the Queen.  Denise has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria,  a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, a Diploma in Music from the University of Auckland (pending), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Kodàly Level 3) from the University of Calgary with Lois Choksy.  She has completed Orff Level 3 and additional Orff training with Cindy Hall, Jay Broeker, Jos Wuytack and Donna Otto.


    Denise has served on the boards of the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association, the Saskatchewan Band Association, and served for eight years on the board of the Kodàly Society of Canada.  Denise is currently managing editor of Themes & Variations, preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to Red Deer elementary school music classrooms.


    Denise is the author or editor of more than 100 publications for K- 6 music teachers.    She has been a workshop presenter in every Canadian province and territory and all 50 states.  She presents regularly for Orff and Kodaly workshops, preschool and kindergarten conferences in Canada, the USA, Asia, and Australia!   Her workshops are fun, practical, and activity based!