9/26/2020 Denise Gagne

Join us for GRAOSA’s first workshop of the year on September 26, 2020. This will be a virtual workshop from 9am to 2pm with lunch and other small breaks. Membership forms can be completed online from the Membership Page. Single workshop registration is also available on the Workshop page. We are now offering CTLE credits for our workshops!

Denise GagneMaking Music Classes Meaningful

In this session, Denise will share easy ways to plan lessons with activities that can be done in distance learning or in spaced classrooms.   She’ll share ways to adapt existing teaching strategies to ways that will work virtually or in spaced classrooms.  You’ll have fun playing, moving, listening, reading, writing, creating and maybe some singing and recorder if we “flip” the instruction.

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! 

Announcing GRAOSA’s 2020-2021 Workshop Schedule

The 2020-2021 GRAOSA workshop series will begin with Denise Gagne. This workshop will be virtual from 9am to 2pm with multiple small breaks and a lunch break. Denise will offer suggestions for teaching virtual as well as in-person distanced classes with an emphasis on activities that can work in all situations. She will also offer suggestions on how to adapt material for different learning situations.

GRAOSA workshops can now provide CTLE credits! Attend the workshops for the entire length for credit!

Check our our membership page for online registration!

GRAOSA Statement

As music educators, we are charged with teaching not just music and movement, but also respect and inclusion.  As such, GRAOSA recognizes and denounces actions that undermine this work.

GRAOSA denounces injustices imposed on any communities of color; and, particularly, we condemn the violence against Black communities in our country.  We reaffirm our commitment to supporting who we serve which include Black teachers, Black students, and Black families.  We believe Black Lives Matter.

GRAOSA condemns the systemic racial inequalities of our country as we evolve in our awareness of who GRAOSA is and what that represents. 

GRAOSA calls on our membership to support all the students we teach along with their families and their communities, inside and outside of the music classroom.

We pledge to reflect on our organizational practices in order in implement policies that dismantle injustice within our organization.  We will renew and invigorate our work in listening to the Black voices around us and within our ranks so that we will know and do better.