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Music education professional development packages

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

Collaborating with external music associations, the music education development packages focus on upskilling and enhancing confidence and capacity to deliver music education.

Professional development courses 

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.

In term 1, 2022 the following packages were offered. 

Foundation courses

  • The strategy will fund 5.5 TRT release days for successful applicants, with the school or preschool expected to fund the remaining 1.0 TRT release day.
  • The strategy will fund 1 Saturday workshop that is facilitated by your course provider.
  • Attendees are expected to formally share their learnings with colleagues at their sites. This supports the strategy’s vision of sustainability and transferability.
  • Applicants must attend all training days and a minimum of 1 Saturday workshop to receive their PD certificate.

Intermediate/continuing courses

  • The strategy will fully-fund the registration fees only. 
  • Attendees are expected to formally share their learnings with colleagues at their sites. This supports the strategy’s vision of sustainability and transferability.
  • Applicants must attend all training days and a minimum of 1 Saturday workshop to receive their certificate.

How to apply 

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the 2022 school year are now closed.

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome. 

Further opportunities will be advertised here. 

For enquiries please call 8226 1537 or email education.musicstrategy [at] sa.gov.au.

About the 2022 packages

The external providers are:

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

Refer to the presenter biographies (PDF 496KB) 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: to be advised. 

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

Presenter: Marian Woodlands.

Workshop dates and location: Postponed to term 3. Dates and venue to be advised. 

Description: ‘Music – Can Do!’ aims to upskill preschool and primary generalist teachers and develop their confidence to use music within their classroom setting. Participants will be actively involved in engaging and fun music activities through singing, using chants and poems, moving, creating and the playing of instruments. The package will make use of learning principles and processes that can be applied to any school or preschool class, and participants will learn a range of songs that can be used to develop student knowledge and skills in music. Participants will be provided with detailed notes that can be used as a ready resource and will incorporate ways of planning and organising music, sample lessons, lesson planning and assessment.


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: Some experience learning or teaching music previously would be an advantage, however not essential.

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

Dates: to be advised.

Venue: Adelaide University, Elder Con, Hartley Building. 

Presenter: Jason Boron and Stephanie Eaton.

Workshop dates and location: Postponed to term 3. Dates and venue to be advised.

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: Some experience learning or teaching music previously would be an advantage, however not necessary.

Structure: 3 x 2 day blocks.

Dates: to be advised.

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: Postponed to term 3. Dates and venue to be advised.

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.
The following are Australian Kodaly Certificate (AKCSA 22) courses. 

In 2022, the following level courses are available for registration: 

  • Early Childhood L2
  • Early Childhood L3/Primary L1 (same course)
  • Primary L2
  • Secondary L1
  • Secondary L2

For full accreditation, participants will need to complete 3 levels in each specialisation. More information about the courses, the levels of progression and accreditation for university studies can be found at the Kodaly SA website.

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 2021 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: 11 to 15 July 2022 and 3 to 7 October 2022.

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 2021 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: 10 to 14 October 2022, 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.


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

Each package has been prepared to connect with the Australian Curriculum, the Early Years Framework and Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in various ways. Curriculum in South Australia – from early years to year 12 provides more information. 

Music Education Strategy

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