Educators, parents, musicians, and countless recent studies all point to the fact that music and young children are natural and productive partners. Music and movement encourage the development of strength, sensory motor control, coordination, and relaxation while other music activities, such as singing games, enhance language and communication skills. When taught through developmentally grounded programs, music often improves a child's ability to listen, concentrate, and communicate. Participation in musical group activities encourages the development of social skills. Neuroscientists have demonstrated that learning to play an instrument or sing leads to changes in a child's brain that make it more likely they will reach their full cognitive and academic potential.
Do You Have the Skills to Develop This Potential?
The Royal Conservatory's Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education (ECME) will round out your background to ensure that you do. You will benefit from courses taught by both The Royal Conservatory and The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.
Educators and musicians who work with children from birth to eight years of age are invited to enhance their work and advance their career by enrolling in this innovative certificate program.
A customized course schedule allows students to acquire a balanced education that also fulfills individual requirements. To graduate, students complete eight courses on a part-time basis within a maximum of four years; many students complete the required courses in two years.
After successfully completing eight courses (a combination of required courses and a wide selection of electives), teachers with a prior background in primary education, early childhood education, or music will graduate with the knowledge to provide effective music programs for enhanced child development.
Applicants must have one of the following or their equivalents:
- ARCT Diploma (Teacher's or Performer's) from The Royal Conservatory
- BA or BAA or other degree in Early Childhood Education
- BEd from an Ontario Faculty of Education (Primary-Junior division)
- BMus (Education) from a recognized faculty of music
- Diploma in Early Childhood Education from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology
What Makes This Program Special?
Upon acceptance, you will attend an individualized counselling session. The program coordinator will help you customize a program that will not only round out your education, but also provide the right skills to pursue your personal goals and fulfill the needs of both your current and future employers, and the young children in your care. Annual counselling will review your goals and progress to ensure your success in the program.
A welcome session each September will integrate you into the program and connect you with your fellow students, faculty, and leaders in the field. You will also enjoy the personal attention available to you in the small classes taught by leading professionals in early childhood music education.
Individual courses can provide valuable knowledge, but your customized program will offer you a well-balanced and complete education that will fulfill your special requirements. The ECME courses are complementary; the knowledge gained in one course will improve your success in another.
As a graduate of The Royal Conservatory's Advanced ECME Certificate, you will have the opportunity to participate in The Conservatory's annual convocation ceremony held in Toronto.
What Can I Expect After Graduation?
Your expertise will be in demand for daycare centres, private schools, ECE placements in full-day kindergartens, music schools, and libraries.
How to Apply
To apply for the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education, students must submit the application form, supporting materials, and the application fee to Registration and Student Services.
It is important that you apply to the program first before registering in any courses. There are two intake periods: one in the winter and one in the spring. An early application ensures registration in the course(s) of your choice. Please download the application form and submit it to the Royal Conservatory School prior to the deadlines below. Please note that an application fee of $60 applies for this program.
- Friday, February 8, 2019
- Friday, April 5, 2019
Once The Royal Conservatory receives your application package, you will be invited to a short admissions interview, where you will meet the program coordinator to discuss your interests and tailor the program to suit your goals. You may be asked to sing a simple song to help determine your placement.
The program coordinator will help you determine the best combination of courses to suit your background and career goals. Elective courses must be chosen with the approval of the coordinator. We recommend that students begin with their studies by taking Music in Early Childhood.
Students may transfer up to two relevant credits obtained from Ryerson University or The Royal Conservatory to the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education. In addition, up to two credits will be considered for transfer credit from an outside institution. Courses considered for transfer credit will be at the discretion of the program coordinator, must have been completed within five years prior to registration in the program and must be approved by the admissions committee.
The completion of eight courses is required for the Certificate. All courses must be completed within four years from admission into the program.
Students pursuing a Certificate must formally register in the program prior to the completion of the last six courses. We highly recommend registration prior to the commencement of any of the courses.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Applicants may be eligible for Royal Conservatory scholarship or bursary assistance.
Scholarships and bursaries may also be available from outside organizations such as The Early Childhood Music Association of Ontario or Carl Orff Canada.
Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education Courses
A total of eight courses are needed for graduation: three required courses, a minimum of two from Elective Group 1, and a minimum of two from Elective Group 2. The program may be completed on a part-time basis within a maximum of four years. Many students complete it in less time. Some courses, including the recommended initial course, Music in Early Childhood, may be taken in the summer.
- Music in Early Childhood**
- Music and Movement
- Practicum in Music in Early Childhood
- One of the following:
- Musicianship for Teachers in ECE, Level 1
- CVFS406 Guiding Children's Development*
** This course is offered in July every year, and may be taken as a single course without reference to the ECME certificate program.
Minimum of one of the following four courses:
- CCLD204 Early Childhood Advanced Studies: Psychomotor Development*
- CCLD205 Early Childhood Advanced Studies: Children's Social & Emotional Well-Being*
- CCLD206 Early Childhood Advanced Studies: Language Development*
- CCLD307 Early Childhood Advanced Studies: Cognitive Development*
Minimum of two of the following nine courses:
- Orff Teacher Training - Introductory, Levels 1, 2, 3
- Kodály Teacher Training - Levels 1, 2, 3
- Musicianship for Teachers in ECE - Level 2
- CCLD314 Literacy in the Early Years*
Courses offered by specific accredited Societies may also be recognized in this category. Please inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in additional pedagogy offers.
*Courses offered through The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.
Courses offered through the Royal Conservatory of Music can be viewed here.
The ECME Student Handbook, available after acceptance into the program, contains in-depth course descriptions and prerequisites for courses. All courses and tuition are subject to change.
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