First Steps for Older Beginners

First Steps for Older Beginners (Grades 1-4)
Jocelyn Tucker and Jennifer van Gennip
Sunday, July 27th  – 8:30 – 9:30 AM Session 1

In this interactive session teachers will learn how to apply First Steps principles for the older beginner. Specifically aimed for teachers of grades 1-4, teachers will be guided through lesson plans that apply folk repertoire to multiple grades. Expanding the First Steps curriculum we will show how we have used rhythm games, Orff accompaniment.

Participants will be able to:

  • apply First Steps curriculum to older students
  • see how one folk song activity can be modified to meet multiple grades.
  • actively participate in music activities and learn new jazz repertoire, rhythm games and Orff

Jocelyn TuckerJocelyn Tucker holds a Master of Education Degree from Nippising University and a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in Voice Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. After graduating, she began working as an elementary school teacher for the Simcoe County District School Board where she has been teaching for the past 7 years. Teaching music and the arts is a passion of hers. Her love of music and teaching pedagogy are combined using First Steps in Music as a curriculum base, and she has seen the difference that it has made in her students’ love and appreciation for music. She is involved as a musical director, choir conductor and arts specialist within her school. She enjoys being part of the local arts community, performing in musical theatre and singing with choirs. Jocelyn lives in Barrie, ON with her husband and new puppy named Rubix.

Jennifer van GennipJennifer van Gennip has introduced thousands of children to music. She has a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in Piano Performance from Western University and combines her skills as a musician with her passion for teaching and entertaining children to “develop the musician in every child.” She is also a sought after adjudicator and an experienced presenter, offering teacher workshops at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association conference, Ontario Music Educators’ Association convention, and through the Simcoe County District School Board. Through her company, Prima Music Educators, Jennifer offers group and private piano studies, music groups for children with special needs, and consultant support for schools wishing to supplement their arts programming. She lives in Barrie with her husband and three children