First Steps in Music four-day accreditation course (Dr John Feierabend)
First Steps In Music is a music and movement curriculum for teachers of children from birth through the primary years. The teacher’s manual consist of teacher guides, lesson plans, song/rhyme collections and recordings, using only the finest quality folk music and classical music.

* To introduce effective psychological principles, techniques, and materials which will aid in the discovery and maximisation of the innate music potential of children in preschool and primary school.
* To develop teaching skills appropriate to the developmental abilities of children aged 3-8 years.
* To develop the ability to design curriculum appropriate for children aged 3-8 years.

* Attendance: 8am-3pm Sunday January 5, Monday January 6, Tuesday January 7, Wednesday January 8
* Active participation: All students are expected to participate in all activities and discussions.
* Final examinations: The final examination will be a multiple choice test.

Early childhood educators, primary school teachers, tertiary education students, music specialists, community music educators, playgroup facilitators, kindergarten teachers and assistants, childcare centre workers, anyone with an interest in providing high quality education for children. 

* First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond

Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 four-day accreditation course (Dr John Feierabend)
Conversational Solfege™ is a pedagogical method to be used with children who have already developed their tuneful, beatful, and artful skills and are ready to develop a deeper understanding of melody and rhythm. Conversational Solfege™ develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm syllables and solfege syllables at a conversational level, then gradually evolves into traditional notation.

Through carefully sequenced activities this fun course will demonstrate how to enable students to joyfully assimilate the content and skills necessary to become musically literate including the acquisition of listening, rhythmic and melodic reading, dictation, composition, and improvisation, in an intuitive manner. Participants will experience a curriculum that grows out of tonal and rhythmic elements that exist in folk song literature.  Each rhythm or tonal element will be explored in patterns, songs and themes from classical literature.

* To apply a sequence of skills to tonal and rhythmic content appropriate for primary school grades.
* To develop skills at creating logical and varied lesson plans which give evidence to short and long-range goals.
* To develop skills at sequencing content for teaching over the primary grades.

* Attendance: 8am-3pm Friday January 10, Saturday January 11, Sunday January 12, Monday January 13
* Active participation in class activities

* Conversational Solfege Teachers Manual Level I

Intentional Movement in the Music Classroom (Lillie Feierabend)
Movement is an integral part of being musical and plays an essential role in music development. Most early years repertoire contains a movement component; this is no surprise as children learn best when they are able to use their bodies. The movement component is worthy of the same explicit, intentional and focused instruction that we devote to the tonal and rhythmic aspects of our curriculum. This lively session will focus on Developmental, Kinesthetic and Proprioceptive skills and share strategies and techniques to help students move competently, effectively and efficiently for a lifetime of musical movement. When we give the same attention to the sequence of movement, we are better able to nurture the whole child in our quest to help them become musical.

Enacting Stories from Pictures (Dr Dave Kelman)
Dave Kelman is a leading drama practitioner and researcher in Primary Arts Education. This workshop is based on his award-winning work in Primary Teacher education at the University of Melbourne, documented in the best selling text book Education In The Arts (Oxford University Press).

In this workshop, Kelman will take teachers through a process that uses visual arts stimuli to generate drama experiences for children in the early years of primary school. The workshop will demonstrate to teachers how drama can develop children’s oral skills and narrative intelligence by firing their imaginations, enabling them to experience rich stories and make new meanings. The workshop will support non-specialists to develop new arts teaching strategies that they can integrate into their classroom practice as well as providing new techniques and approaches for experienced drama teachers.

Around the World in Song and Dance (Lillie Feierabend)
Humour, love, kindness, and exuberance are universal. Community music making builds a bridge where we are offered a glimpse into another culture and delighted to find ourselves looking back. The dances of a country or a people are imbued with their history, values, characteristics, spirit and heart. This knowledge can lead to greater awareness and global understanding. This lively workshop will share cultures around the world through their folk dance, play parties, and singing games. Join us as we meet wonderful people through the gift of their music. The world just might become a kinder, more tolerant place if we all held hands and danced.

Everybody Claps! Clapping Games Around the World (Lillie Feierabend)
All cultures, all ages, all abilities! Clapping Games are immediately engaging; language is not even required and yet laughter abounds. You are never too young or too old for a Clapping Game; they are simply too much fun. But, if you look closely, through the lens of Multiple Intelligence, you will find that Clapping Games deepen and enrich all the intelligences and are of significant benefit to the development of our minds, bodies and spirit. While we are joyfully engaged in trying to figure out which hand to use when and where, our minds and bodies are working at a profound level helping us coordinate movements, visually track movements, orient our bodies, maintain beat and rhythm, plan and sequence motor movements and develop social skills by cooperating with others, accommodating others and paying close attention to others; all in order for us to have a successful experience. This lively and spirited session will share Clapping Games Around the World, guaranteed to engage your mind, body and spirit.

Marimba Workshop (Dani Rocca)
Dani will teach the group a variety of pieces using the multisensory approach she uses with students, with an emphasis on aural learning. Teaching in this manner allows for students to develop their listening skills, aural skills and musicianship without reading notation, which for many students can be a barrier to musical participation. As an educator, Dani is aware of the impact of cognitive load and working memory and the implications for music instruction. The workshop will include repertoire from a number of composers for marimba and information on where to source your own copies. The workshop will also cover how to arrange and compose for marimba groups. Come prepared to play, as this will be a practical workshop. No prior percussion experience is required. 

Bridges: Twelve Ways to Musically Engage Students and Parents Outside the Music Classroom (Lillie Feierabend)

Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime. This experience cannot be left to chance. It is the duty of the school to provide it.
— Zoltan Kodaly, Children's Choruses, 1929

Teachable moments do not always happen in the music classroom. The school year provides the music educator with many opportunities to engage students outside of the classroom setting. By doing so, we also make these opportunities available to our faculty, school and community. When we invite parents to participate in the music program, they become more invested in the child’s development and the growth of the music program as well. It is our job to create opportunities for all members of our community to become involved with music on a continuous and consistent basis throughout the day, the month and the year.

This session will share a dozen ways to enrich the musical growth and development of your students, your school and your community while providing opportunities that just may capture the soul of the young child.