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Music education professional development packages

The Music Education Strategy provides professional development (PD) and learning packages for South Australian Government generalist school and preschool educators each year. The packages are suitable for educators working in the primary and early years, but are also open to secondary educators.

Collaborating with external providers, the music education development packages focus on upskilling and enhancing capabilities in the area of music education.

Professional development course and available funding 

The Music Education Strategy provides foundation level PD courses and funds registration costs for intermediate/continuing courses for those wishing to further develop their existing skills.

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the 2021 school year are now closed. Successful applicants will be advised in term 2, 2021. 

To check your application or for future enquiries please call 8226 1537 or email education.musicstrategy [at] sa.gov.au.

About the 2021 packages

The external providers are:

A key part of each professional development package is networking and reinforcing learning. 

Refer to the presenter biographies (PDF 243KB) for more information about each presenter.


Foundation package 1 – Music, Can Do!

Provided by: Australian Society for Music Education SA Chapter (ASME).

Target audience: Preschool educators, generalist primary school teachers with an interest in delivering music as part of a learning program.

Assumed knowledge: There is no assumed prior musical knowledge or experience for this package.

Structure: 6 full days.

Dates: Every Friday from 21 May to 25 June 2021.

Venue: Adelaide West Uniting Church, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park.

Presenter: Marian Woodlands.

Workshop dates and location: 21 August 2021, 9.00am to 1.00pm. Venue and workshop information is available on the ASME website

Description: ‘Music – Can Do!’ aims to upskill preschool and primary generalist teachers and develop their confidence in music. Developing knowledge and skills in music is a focus to support delivery of music education in the classroom, and to develop teaching strategies to successfully incorporate music into the generalist classroom. Participants will learn a range of songs that can be used to develop student’ knowledge and skills in music, and will make use of learning principles and processes that can be applied to any school or preschool class. Ways of planning and organising music, including sample lessons, lesson planning, ‘music corner’, resources and assessment will be explored.


Foundation package 2 – Musical Foundations

Provided by: Kodály SA.

Target audience: Preschool educators, generalist primary school teachers with an interest in delivering music as part of a learning program.

Assumed knowledge: There is no assumed prior musical knowledge or experience for this package. Some experience learning or teaching music previously would be an advantage.

Structure: 1 x 5 day consecutive block and 2 x half day afternoon webinars.

Dates: 19 to 23 July 2021 (full days) and 12 August and 23 September 2021 (12.30pm to 4.30pm).

Venue: Flinders University, Education Building, Sturt Road, Bedford Park.

Presenter: Jason Boron and Stephanie Eaton.

Workshop dates and location: 19 June 2021, Adelaide West Uniting Church, Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park.

Description: This professional learning package is targeted for educators working in the primary and early years interested in upskilling in the area of music. Participants will be upskilled in the importance of music for children and explore strategies for teaching using developmentally and culturally appropriate songs, rhymes, and instrumental music. Throughout the package, participants will reflect on the development of their own skills and share in the joy, wonder and holistic benefits that learning music can bring to young children.


Foundation package 3 – Introduction to Creative Music Education 

Provided by: Orff-Schulwerk Association of South Australia (OSASA).

Target audience: Preschool educators, generalist primary school teachers with an interest in delivering music as part of a learning program, specialist music teachers. Some experience learning or teaching music previously would be an advantage.

Assumed knowledge: there is no assumed prior musical knowledge or experience for this package.

Structure: 3 x 2 day blocks.

Dates: 10 to 11 May, 24 to 25 May and 7 to 8 June 2021.

Venue: Unley Park Baptist Church, 1 Northgate Street, Unley Park.

Presenters: Joanna Patrick, Susan Marshall, Kirrabelle Lovell, Kristie Fudge, Maria Stone and Michael McConnochie.

Workshop dates and location: 22 May 2021, 9.00am to 12.30pm at Fullarton Park Community Centre.

Description: This training will introduce participants to creative music education with Orff Schulwerk, a practical and fun approach to teaching music and movement. The approach is focused on the learner, making it collaborative and accessible for all students. Participants will start with speech and body percussion progressing through to playing games, singing, moving, playing instruments and creating. Participants will be able to use and adapt the material presented to their own students and will be given time for feedback and support. Notes will be provided which will explain learning activities, give suggestions for lesson planning and demonstrate links to the Australian Curriculum.


Intermediate/continuing package 1

Provided by: Kodály SA.
This is a nationally accredited course.

There are 2 courses available:

  • course 1 is for early childhood/primary educators
  • course 2 is for secondary educators. 

Target audience:  

  • educators with some experience in delivering music
  • preschool, primary and secondary teachers who want to explore Kodály pedagogy
  • participants who have completed the 2020 foundation packages and meet the assumed knowledge criteria.

Assumed knowledge: participants need to be able to read and write basic formal notation (rhythmic and melodic) and have a basic understanding of music theory. Please visit the Kodaly SA website for a full list of requirements.

Structure: 2 x 5 day intensive course.

Dates: 12 to 16 July 2021 and 4 to 8 October 2021.

Venue: Seymour College, 546 Portrush Road, Glen Osmond, Adelaide.

Payment: funds will be transferred through the site RES when participants are selected. 


Intermediate/continuing package 2

Provided by: Orff-Schulwerk Association of South Australia (OSASA). 
This is a nationally accredited course.

Target audience:

  • primary and preschool educators with some experience in delivering music
  • preschool, primary and secondary teachers who want to explore Orff pedagogy
  • participants who have completed the 2020 foundation packages and meet the assumed knowledge criteria.

Assumed knowledge: participants need to be able to read and write basic formal notation (rhythmic and melodic) and have a basic understanding of music theory. Please visit the OSASA website for a full list of requirements.

Structure: 5 day intensive course.

Dates: 27 September to 1 October 2021, 8.30am to 5.15pm. 

Venue: Unley Primary School, 222 Wattle Street, Malvern.

Payment: funds will be transferred through the site RES when participants are selected.


Music education webinar with Dr Anita Collins

The Music Education Strategy are developing a music education webinar with neuromusical educator and researcher, Dr Anita Collins, to be delivered in term 2, 2021. 

Dr Collins will speak about the benefits of music education and its impacts on the wellbeing and development of children. Anita’s work focuses on effective ways to update an outdated understanding of the purpose and place of music education in every child’s education experience.

The date will be announced soon. 

Connections to the Australian Curriculum (foundation to year 2) and Early Years Framework

Each package has been prepared to connect with the Australian Curriculum and Australian Professional Standards for teachers and Early Years Framework in various ways, outlined in the music education Australian curriculum connections table.

Contact

Music Education Strategy

Phone: 8226 1537
Email: education.musicstrategy [at] sa.gov.au