Go to top of page

Professional development packages - Music Education Strategy

The Music Education Strategy offers professional development and learning packages for South Australian Government generalist school and preschool educators. The packages are suitable for mainly 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.

What is funded?

Applicants must attend all training days and a minimum of 1 Saturday workshop.

The Music Education 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.

Attendees will also be funded to attend 1 Saturday workshop that is facilitated by your chosen association. Attendees are expected to formally share their learnings with colleagues at their sites. This supports the strategy’s vision of sustainability and transferability.

How to apply

Applications are closed.

For enquiries please call 8226 1537 or email education.musicstrategy@sa.gov.au.

Professional development packages

The 2020 professional development (PD) packages have finished. More PD opportunities will be available in 2021.

About the 2020 packages

The external providers are:

A key part of each professional development package is networking and reinforcing learning. Successful applicants need to attend at least 1 of the listed association workshops (these occur on a Saturday).

Refer to the presenter biographies (269KB) for more information about each presenter.

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 8 May 2020 to 12 June 2020.

Venue: St Peters Youth Centre, Cornish Street, Stepney.

Presenter: Marian Woodlands.

Workshop dates and location: 14 March at Education Development Centre, 27 June 2020 at Thebarton Community Centre.

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 pupils’ knowledge and skills in music, and will make use of learning principles and processes that can be applied to any musical examples for R-6/7 classes. Ways of planning and organising music in the classroom, including sample lessons, lesson planning, ‘music corner’, resources and assessment will be explored.

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, specialist music teachers.

Assumed knowledge: There is no assumed prior musical knowledge or experience for this package, though some experience learning or teaching music previously would be advantageous.

Structure: 2 x 3-day blocks.

Dates:  Block 1 is 11 to 13 May 2020. Block 2 is 9 to 11 June 2020.

Venue: Catholic Church of the Holy Name, Payneham Road, Stepney.

Presenter: Jason Boron.

Workshop dates and location: 4 July 2020 and 31 October 2020 (venues to be confirmed).

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 consider 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 their potential share in the joy, wonder and holistic benefits that learning music can bring to young children.

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.

Assumed knowledge: there is no assumed prior musical knowledge or experience for this package, though some experience learning or teaching music previously would be advantageous.

Structure: 3 x 2-day blocks.

Dates: 4 to 5 May, 21 to 22 May and 1 to 2 June 2020.

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

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

Workshop dates and location: 29 February, 30 May, 1 August and 4 November 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.

Music education webinar with Dr Anita Collins

In May 2020, the Music Education Strategy provided a music education webinar with neuromusical educator and researcher, Dr Anita Collins. 

In the webinar, Dr Collins spoke 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.

You can watch the webinar here

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 1554
Email: education.musicstrategy [at] sa.gov.au