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Handbell and Handchime Ensembles

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Creation and direction of handbell and handchime ensembles. Efficient rehearsal techniques and concert preparation. Training of music professionals who wish to learn to play or to teach these instruments. “Discovery” sessions to allow individuals or groups to learn about handbells and handchimes, sometimes for the very first time.

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Subject area: Music, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Course, Lessons and Tutoring, Performance Ensemble, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

Classroom English for Non-Native Teachers

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This resource is designed to aid non-native English speakers who are classroom teachers to improve their language and communication skills. Level assessments and needs analyses will help determine program content, which includes: language for classroom management; communication with colleagues, administration, and parents; language modeling to promote student inquiry and aid assessment… The program can take the form of a workshop or series of workshops, or run throughout the school year to support teachers on a continual basis.

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Subject area: English, Language, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Elementary and Secondary, Teacher Professional Development, University. Format: Course, Lessons and Tutoring, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

Singing Vocal Jazz (I Got Rhythm!)

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It’s all in the beat. Well, almost. Vocal coaching and consulting for existing vocal ensembles who wish to “get that swing.” Singing together is also a great activity for corporate teams; finding a common rhythm in music is a perfect metaphor for learning to be in sync in a professional context.

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Subject area: Music, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Lessons and Tutoring, Performance Ensemble, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teaching

Teamwork through Handchimes and Handbells

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Handchimes and handbells are instruments that must be played in an ensemble setting. Each player is responsible for one or several notes; without the other players, a musical piece cannot be complete. This makes these instruments the perfect tool for promoting teamwork, whether it be in a school or corporate setting. (A search for handbells or for handchimes on YouTube will give you an idea of how these instruments actually work, if you are not familiar with them.)

 

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Subject area: Music, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Course, Performance Ensemble, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Teaching

French lessons and tutoring

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General and academic French lessons and tutoring. All ages, all situations. Accent coaching, grammar help, cultural understanding.

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Subject area: French, Language. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Course, Lessons and Tutoring, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Teaching

Vocal Ensembles

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Creation, direction and performance preparation for vocal ensembles of all sizes. Vocal production and the interpretation of various types of repertoire. Development of an intimate musical relationship between director and singers, among singers, and between the ensemble and the audience.

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Subject area: Music, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Course, Lessons and Tutoring, Performance Ensemble, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

IELTS Support Sessions

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Support for individuals preparing for the IELTS exam. Understanding of the strategies required to successfully complete the exam, useful language and structures for speaking and writing, tips and advice for dealing with the challenging nature of the IELTS.

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Subject area: English, Language. Audience: Academic, Adults, Corporate, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Course, Lessons and Tutoring, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

Creative Collaboration and Performance: Jamming with Awareness

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Jamming with Awareness is an approach to ensemble music-making that emphasizes cognitive, aural and spatial connection between participants. Depending on the format and on the musical skills and desires of the Jammers, sessions can lead to performance-quality co-compositions. This activity is appropriate for any age or context. It fosters concentration and teamwork in children and adults, in a school or in a corporate setting.

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Subject area: Music, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Course, Performance Ensemble, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Teacher Training, Teaching

Teacher, Know Thyself: A Self-Assessment and Exploration Workshop

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How can you, as a teacher, be both exquisitely professional and entirely authentic? Not only is it possible, it’s the best possible way to model a healthy adult approach to life for your students. In this workshop, participants delve into issues surrounding personal authenticity, diversity, learning and teaching styles, and other factors that influence the way we work with our learners.

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Subject area: Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Teacher Professional Development, University. Format: Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

Gamifying Learning: Simplifying Creative Centers / Station Work

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Group work, centers and stations can be a teacher’s nightmare. Finding a way to “differentiate” group activities for various groups of students doesn’t have to be so difficult, however. The secret is in the formula. This is a hands-on creative workshop for teachers (in-service or pre-service) who wish to build a toolbox of fun, differentiated activities that disguise serious learning as games.

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Subject area: Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Teacher Professional Development, University. Format: Workshop

Service: Teacher Training

Translation

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French-English and English-French translating. General documents, creative writing, technical documents, manuals, academic articles…

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Subject area: English, French, Language. Audience: Adults, Children, Corporate, General Public, Youth. Format: 

Service: Consulting, Translating

Teaching and Learning English through Popular Songs

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Popular songs throughout history are rich in cultural and linguistic content. Learning a language through songs has an added benefit, something called “involuntary repetition” is triggered when we learn a song well enough so that it “sticks”. As we hum or sing our way through each song, the language and ideas are reinforced through repeating them over and over again. Learners can choose a genre that they enjoy in their own language, and discover artists in their target language that they like.

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Subject area: English, Language, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Course, Performance Ensemble, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Teacher Training, Teaching

Set Up Your Own WordPress Site

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Consultation or course-format: installing and maintaining a WordPress site. Basic customization (pages, plugins, structure) and best practices for maintaining a healthy website over time.

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Subject area: Wordpress. Audience: Academic, Adults, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Course, Lessons and Tutoring, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teaching, Wordpress

Language-Teaching Methodology: Historical Perspectives as Building Blocks for a Personal Approach

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Overview of the development of language-teaching methodology over time, and development of a personal approach based on individual preferences, skills and need.

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Subject area: English, French, Language, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Teacher Professional Development, University. Format: Course, Workshop

Service: Teacher Training, Teaching

Learning to Learn

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Traditional ideas about learning are being questioned by experts (teachers, students, administrators, parents, researchers, psychologists…) While we still don’t have extensive knowledge about how the brain “learns” – in fact, not everyone agrees about what “learning” actually means – we do know that students need to be armed with skills and strategies to respond to the requirements of today’s educational systems. Beyond the need to function within a structured system, however, is an innate desire to expand, to grow, to discover new things and master new skills. How can one best do that? And how can learners stay excited about learning when they don’t immediately see opportunities to learn what, when and how they would really like to? “Learning to Learn” is not a set-in-stone program or method, it’s an ongoing quest.

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Subject area: Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Course, Lessons and Tutoring, Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

English (ESL) lessons and tutoring

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English lessons and tutoring for all ages, levels and contexts (general, corporate, academic…). Level assessment, test prep (IELTS, TOEIC…), writing, presentations, reading techniques. Made-to-measure lessons and programs.

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Subject area: English, Language. Audience: . Format: Course, Lessons and Tutoring, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Teaching

Learn to Accompany Yourself on the Guitar

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Basic guitar chords and techniques (strumming, simple picking patterns). Tuning the guitar, changing strings when necessary. How to keep a steady beat while singing… Any repertoire will work!

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Subject area: Music. Audience: Adults, Children, General Public, Youth. Format: Lessons and Tutoring, Weekly Sessions

Service: Teaching

WordPress development

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Creation and development of WordPress sites. Installation, customization (CSS, HTML, basic .php) and functionality.

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Service: Consulting, Wordpress

Voicework for People Who Can’t Sing

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Everybody can sing. It’s just that some people have been told that they can’t. Through a holistic approach to singing, students learn to find their own voice, to connect pitches heard outside their heads to what they’re producing when they sing, and to finally enjoy the first instrument they ever possessed.

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Subject area: Music. Audience: Adults, Children, General Public, Youth. Format: Lessons and Tutoring, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Teaching

Visualizing Language: Graphic Organizers for Language Learning

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Graphic organizers (charts, timelines, diagrams, mind-maps, concept maps…) are tools that allow a person to organize thoughts and concepts in a visual manner. In doing so, one engages higher-order thinking skills such as synthesis and evaluation, thus reinforcing the retention and comprehension of complex ideas. Language-learning presents a unique set of challenges which require creative approaches in order to assist a wide variety of learners to progress. The process of creating visual / organizational tools to help understand verb tenses and forms, language use and modes / voice can be an invaluable aid. Additionally, the GOs (graphic organizers) can serve as tools for review and reinforcement once they’ve been created.

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Subject area: English, French, Language, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Lessons and Tutoring, Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

Supporting ELLs in the Classroom and Beyond

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ELLs (English-Language Learners) make up an ever larger percentage of our classrooms. Many teachers and schools, however, lack the necessary resources – and, sometimes, knowledge – to support these students in ways that will allow them to benefit from the educational opportunities they’re being offered. There is a wealth of information about ways to improve support for ELLs online, and yet it’s sometimes difficult to take the step of actually implementing the suggested tools and strategies. In the course or workshop format, a systematic approach to needs analysis, network development, and classroom strategies are explored. Consultations are also available to assist institutions or individuals in the implementation of an ELL support network.

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Subject area: English, Language, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Teacher Professional Development, University. Format: Course, Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

Singing African-American Spirituals

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40 years of experience directing African-American Spirituals brings a deep understanding of the musical and cultural mechanisms of the genre. Workshops and consulting can provide directors and ensembles with more insight into how this music should be sung, and why it’s not the same as Gospel music (although there are some grey areas.) This is a timeless repertoire that can be exalting to rehearse and to perform, even for singers who usually prefer a more “classical” repertoire.

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Subject area: Music, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Performance Ensemble, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

Re-thinking Differentiation

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The word “differentiation” is frequently a source of stress for teachers. The very word conjures up images of evenings and weekends spent developing materials for several different “ability groups” within a class. But what if “differentiating” could be done… differently? What if it’s not all about “ability”? What if it weren’t necessary to create completely different materials for each perceived student level? What if differentiation were actually a ladder, or a banquet, or a game board, and not a set of boxes that students are asked to climb into?

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Subject area: Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Teacher Professional Development, University. Format: Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

Using Mind-Maps in the Classroom and Beyond

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Mind-maps are visual tools for organizing thoughts and concepts. Research has shown that creating a mind-map of a network of ideas reinforces not only student comprehension and retention, but also the development of higher-order thinking skills. In addition, students can unleash their creativity as they create their mind-maps, thus lowering the “affective filter” (Krashen) by adding an element of fun to a lesson. Corporate applications (note-taking in meetings, project planning…) can also be the focus of a workshop.

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Subject area: Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, Teacher Professional Development, University. Format: Workshop

Service: Consulting, Teacher Training, Teaching

Yes, the Recorder (Flute) is an Instrument

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Through private or group lessons, students learn to play the recorder in the same way they would learn other instruments: with respect, enjoyment and a sound theoretical foundation. Watching performances together of recorder soloists and ensembles gives learners an idea of what they themselves can achieve as they develop their skills. Playing together as a true musical ensemble, learners understand that musicality is in the hands of the musician. Training is available for teachers wishing to explore ways to make recorder lessons more pleasurable for themselves and for their classes.

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Subject area: Music, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, Youth. Format: Course, Lessons and Tutoring, Performance Ensemble, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Teacher Training, Teaching

Teaching and Learning French through Popular Songs

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Popular songs throughout history are rich in cultural and linguistic content. Learning a language through songs has an added benefit, something called “involuntary repetition” is triggered when we learn a song well enough so that it “sticks”. As we hum or sing our way through each song, the language and ideas are reinforced through repeating them over and over again. Learners can choose a genre that they enjoy in their own language, and discover artists in their target language that they like.

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Subject area: French, Language, Pedagogy and Methodology. Audience: Academic, Adults, Children, Corporate, Elementary and Secondary, General Public, Teacher Professional Development, University, Youth. Format: Course, Lessons and Tutoring, Weekly Sessions, Workshop

Service: Teacher Training, Teaching