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August 14 to 18, 2017

Are you a music educator or conductor working with children and youth? Inspiration for Teachers is a week-long immersive professional development program for music educators and conductors. Featuring sessions with master teachers and conductors, this week will inspire you in your musical teaching!

Inspiration for Teachers offers:

Anita Perlau, Special Guest Presenter
Kodorffcroze: Fusing Musical Approaches (Thursday)

Being an excellent teacher means using many different practices to engage our diverse student population. In this session, Anita will share activities that will enhance your students’ musical literacy through a variety of Kodály, Orff and Dalcroze practices. Detailed handouts will be given, so come prepared for some active music making!

Anita taught as an elementary music specialist for 11 years prior to joining the Conservatory at Mt. Royal University as Children’s Choir director and an instructor of the Kodály musicianship program. Anita has recently completed a Master of Music Education at the U of A and is delighted to be returning to Singspiration!

Daily rehearsal observations of Singspiration’s 2017 conductors: Robert Filion (Youth Choir) and Elaine Quilichini (Junior Choir). Watch the conductors throughout the week as they teach new concepts, give the choristers positive experience and prepare for a successful performance. Inspiration for Teachers also provides master sessions with both conductors, and additional opportunities to talk to them about their techniques and strategies. As a bonus, you can attend the dress rehearsal and concert on Saturday, August 19 at no extra cost!
And as part of your Inspiration registration, you can join the evening Adult Summer Choir directed by Dr. László Norbert Nemes.

Other sessions include:

Focus on the Basics of Conducting (Monday)
Robert Filion

An interactive session to develop or fine-tune the basics of conducting, covering conducting patterns, techniques, and philosophy. An opportunity to develop or fine-tune conducting skills and deepen insight in observing Singspiration conductors through the week.

Robert Filion has spent the past 20 years bringing choirs to the pinnacle of choral excellent. In 2013 M. Filion was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. His vocal ensembles from École sécondaire De La Salle have won 5 national championships and his choirs are heard and seen regularly on the airwaves of CBC and Radio-Canada.

Building Musicianship Through Songs and Dances
Dr. habil. László Norbert Nemes

This workshop will demonstrate various teaching techniques that can efficiently enrich teaching practices both in the primary and secondary music classroom and have the potential of creating joyful and memorable musical experiences for everyone. Singing, creative movement and dance will be placed in the centre of activities, material is selected from a wide range of styles from folksongs to modern classical repertory.

Director of the International Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Dr. habil. László Norbert Nemes lectures in Kodály’s educational philosophy and teaching methods according to the Kodály Concept. As a music pedagogue and guest conductor, Dr. Nemes has held workshops, master classes and seminars all around the world. His research includes a chapter in the upcoming Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy and a joint project on active music learning with singing and movement.

Repertoire and Techniques for Young Voices
Elaine Quilichini

Participants will have the chance to look at outstanding repertoire for young voices and choirs. Elaine will lead participants in a sing-through of key pieces of repertoire, and offer techniques and strategies for developing young voices through each song.

Elaine Quilichini is the founding Artistic Director of the Calgary Girls Choir, which through her vision and passion has earned a stellar reputation in the choral community, gaining worldwide recognition and acclaim for its inspiring performances and many accomplishments. She built successful choirs at Mt. Royal Conservatory and conducted the University of Calgary Women’s Choir for ten years. She directs summer choral programs at Wichita State University and Nebraska Wesleyan University, and leads an active music studio. She has served as a clinician, lecturer, adjudicator, and guest conductor across Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, and the Canary Islands. Global Television has recognized Ms. Quilichini as a Woman of Vision, which celebrates women whose passion, talent, and commitment is reflected in their achievements.

We also offer:

  • Two sessions per day with master teachers, clinicians, and conductors. Learn from some of Alberta’s leading music educators each and every day of the week! Work on your conducting skills; hone your elementary music techniques, and get introduced to new repertoire for your students.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate you. Attend for a day, a half-week, or the entire week. Inspiration for Teachers is scheduled Monday to Friday from 9 to 5, with the optional addition of attending the Saturday rehearsal and concert of the Singspiration Youth and Junior choirs.
  • Opportunity to receive academic credit for your participation. For a small additional fee, you can earn 1.5 undergraduate credits, which may count towards a TQS increase. Participants who enroll to receive credit will be guided by an instructor and must attend for the full week, completing assignments to be handed in the week following the program.
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues through facilitated group discussions as well as during breaks.
Registration Options
Option 1:   Attend whole week (Monday–  Saturday)
Option 2:   Attend 3 days (Mon–Wed  OR  Wed–Fri)
Option 3:   Attend one day of your choice.


Register by June 15       After June 15
Option 1: $395               $430
Option 2: $240               $260
Option 3: $135               $145

Full information, schedule and registration coming by the end of April.

The flexibility to accommodate your summer schedule and lots of added benefits make this week an extraordinary professional development experience at excellent value.