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Children’s Musicianship courses combine movement, song and dance to create a dynamic learning experience that’s tailored to the needs of young children. They are open to all children aged 3 to 8 and divided into sections by age, ensuring each child is placed in a group of peers. No previous experience required.

Students meet weekly to explore important musical concepts in a safe and supportive environment under direction of an experienced CMS coach, a professional musician who helps each student reach their full musical potential. The curriculum introduces children to the fundamentals of melody, rhythm and notation, the foundational skill set for all styles of music and instruments, in a small group format that cultivates each child’s natural creativity and artistry and builds the confidence required to perform music on stage.

In addition to learning music fundamentals, children gain valuable social skills. They discover the joy of playing music with each other while learning how to work as a team — one of the most critical aspects of musicianship! With countless studies revealing that the benefits of children’s music education extend beyond the classroom or stage, Children’s Musicianship is the perfect first step to any child’s musical journey!

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“With music, one’s whole future life is brightened. This is such a treasure in life that it helps us over many troubles and difficulties. Music is nourishment, a comforting elixir. Music multiplies all that is beautiful and of value in life.”
– Zoltan Kodaly

Meet the Children’s Musicianship Coaches

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Eveli Korre

It is Eveli’s 18th year here at Humber College! Her enthusiasm and passion for music, as well as her long experience, make Eveli a great part of our community. Eveli has shared her love and expertise... for music and movement with students in elementary and various private music and dance schools first in her native Estonia and now here in Canada. Eveli graduated as a primary school music teacher and performed professionally in different music productions as a singer and dancer. When she came in Toronto, she pursued her career and furthered her music education by successfully completing her Kodaly Pedagogy Certification and Orff Specialist Certification. Eveli believes in freeing the spirit and imagination of children and letting them fly. She nourishes creativity and expression through singing, drama, movement, and simple percussion activities. “Music and movement have always been my life, and it is through them that I have expressed myself and shared who I am. I believe that it is our differences that make us all unique and special. I hope there is more music in our life; if we could just make some more space for it we all will be much happier. So let’s start with our children.” Read More .

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Derek Gray

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Derek is currently pursuing his PhD in Music Education at the University of Toronto and is a sessional lecturer (Elementary Musicianship) at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. Since completing... a Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Humber College and, more recently, his master's of ethnomusicology at York University, Derek has emerged as one of Canada’s finest young musicians. At home in Penetanguishene, Derek works extensively as a bandleader, arts administrator, composer and performing musician (drumset, Batá, cajón, djembe, Tibetan Singing Bowls, amongst other sound makers) with a variety of projects. Derek tours internationally with Georgian Bay (2019 Trille Or Recipient: Best Artist - Roots), Gray Matter (2016 Julian Award runner-up contemporary-jazz quintet), Franco-Ontarian family band Ariko, Indo-jazz chamber ensemble Justin Gray & Synthesis, and the trans-Mediterranean group Tamar Ilana & Ventanas (four-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee). Derek has travelled the world studying, performing, and teaching: Cuba (Folkloric Batá studies), Korea (Daegu International Jazz Festival), Indonesia (Erau International Folk & Art Festival), Spain (Camino de Santiago/Studying Flamenco Cajón), Italy (Atina Jazz Festival), Switzerland (drumming mentorship with Julio Davalos), and across North America (Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, Washington, DC; Skirball Cultural Centre, Los Angeles; Vancouver Folk Festival, BC; Artist Residency at Banff Centre for the Arts, AB, Home Routes Tour, MB/SK, Harbourfront Centre/Koerner Hall/Sony Centre/Stockey Centre, ON). In the summer of 2009, Derek travelled to Ghana to study traditional West African hand drumming with master drummers Kwasi Dunyo and Ledzi Agudzemegah in Dagbamete, a village in the Volta Region. Upon returning to Canada, Derek founded the Hand Drumming in the Schools program in which he travels to schools across Canada and facilitates hand-drumming workshops for students of all ages. Currently, Derek is an Orff specialist and Kodaly-certified music instructor on faculty as an itinerant music instructor in the Toronto District School Board (currently assigned to Virtual Schools program), Humber College Community Music School, and Springboard to Music where Derek has served as artistic director since 2019. As a freelance artist and educator, Derek has developed entrepreneurial, budgeting, and administrative skills. On behalf of various projects with which he is in a leadership role, Derek has received $50,000-plus in municipal, provincial, and federal grant support. In various education capacities, he has worked with well over five thousand students in Canada and abroad. As a lifelong learner, Derek values equity, inclusion, diversity, and respect in nurturing trust-based community relationships. For more info, please visit derekgray.ca. Read More .

New Students

Please contact communitymusic@humber.ca for information and guidance for selecting programming before registering.

Fall 2021 Term

COURSE CODE 

COURSE TITLE 

DELIVERY METHOD

KIDS 193

Children's Musicianship, Ages 7-8

Lakeshore

KIDS 194

Children's Musicianship, Ages 3-4

Lakeshore

KIDS 195

Children's Musicianship, Ages 5-6

Lakeshore