Boomwhackers, Bucket Drums, and Beat Boards

Boomwhackers, Bucket Drums, and Beat Boards
Are there days when you just want hit something???  In this session, you’ll have fun drumming and making music with Boomwhackers, Bucket Drums and Beat Boards.  In this session, Denise takes you through a sequential process that will help your Gr. 1-5 students learn to read rhythms and melodies using Boomwhackers, Bucket Drums and Beat Boards, stick notes, tennis balls, and more!  It’s fun and will give teachers some great ideas of ways to get students reading music in Grades 1-6.


Target Audience

K-5 music classes

To Bring/Important Notes

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


10:30 AM - 12:00 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!