Music Outreach workshop with Susan West

Music Outreach Workshop – Presented by Dr Susan West
6:30pm – 8:30pm, Wednesday 21 September
St Luke’s Anglican Group Hall, Te Mata Road, Havelock North
$5 per participant
Download the flyer here: Music Outreach Workshop

An exciting, innovative, intergenerational and community-focussed workshop for musicians, music teachers, students, parents, adults and members of the wider community interested in helping to spread simple, effective, music engagement with others through singing and music-making.

DR Susan West, Associate Professor at the Australian National University School of Music in Canberra will offer a two-hour workshop to introduce the practice and theory of her “Music Engagement Program” and the philosophy behind the “Music Outreach Principle”.

The Music Engagement Program (MEP) is a new paradigm for music education with a simple, powerful philosophy and a universal application. It focuses primarily on shared, social music-making as a means of promoting well-being, encouraging participation and developing musical skills and knowledge. The foundation of the MEP philosophy is The Music Outreach Principle, where groups within schools and the wider community share their music with others, encouraging on-going participation.

Dr West developed this innovative approach to music education. The Music Outreach Principle is a therapeutic approach that affects the musical lives of over 10,000 adults and children in Australia. Dr Susan West’s work has attracted both national and international interest. Most recently the Music Engagement Program was recognized for its excellence as a community outreach program through a national awards program run by the Music Council of Australia, as well as an Australian Volunteers Award.

Supported by HBSME
Hawke’s Bay Society for Music Education

Hawke’s Bay PD Day 2016

Hawke’s Bay PD Day
Friday 12 August 2016
St John’s College, Jervois Street, Hastings

Join us for a selection of workshops for ECE, primary and secondary teachers.


12:30 – 1:50pm   Choose between one of two workshops:

  • Sibelius with Helen Beech (Computer Music Ltd)
  • Primary Music with Celia Stewart (Christchurch School of Music)

1:50pm – 2:10pm Coffee Break

2:10 – 3:30pm  One workshop available:

  • Free online music software with Helen Beech

3:30pm – 4pm Afternoon Tea (nibbles provided)

4:00 – 5:30pm   Choose between one of two workshops:

  • African Drumming and Using Percussion in the Classroom with Rinie Coppelmans
  • Early Childhood Music with Celia Stewart


Playful Music Making in Early Childhood – with Celia Stewart

This workshop will explore a wide range of practical ideas that teachers can use immediately in their centres with young children. Music has the power to impact on every area of children’s development and the activities shared can underpin all areas of the curriculum. Most importantly the workshop will demonstrate how children can behave as musicians as they sing, play, move, listen and create in musical ways.

Sing, Play, Move in the Classroom  – with Celia Stewart
The most important thing that children learn in a music session is music. Musicians listen, sing, play, move and create and this workshop will introduce simple activities that will support teachers in implementing an effective music programme. It will integrate the philosophies of both the Orff Schulwerk  and Kodaly approaches to music education in a fun and practical way.

Sibelius Workshop  – with Helen Beech
Sibelius know how from shortcuts and set up to time saving plugins. We will also cover more advanced Sibelius features and functions if warranted. All material will be available as PDF’s and Sibelius Files. Specific topics covered according to attendees needs, but can include Lyrics, Guitar TAB, Score reductions, Percussion, Voices, Versions, Worksheets, Mac and windows tips.

Free Online Music Resources – with Helen Beech
An overview of free online software to help you create resources and inspire and engage your students.  Music creation, exploration and resources. Theory and games  iPad, tablet PC and Mac.  A PDF with all links will be supplied.

African Drumming and Using Percussion in the Classroom with Rinie Coppelmans
During the workshop I will share my group drumming experience based on working within different educational settings. We will explore different approaches and activities combined with tips and tricks to implement or test out in your situation. The workshop will be very interactive and hopefully a lot of fun.


1-2 Workshops

  • MENZA Member $30
  • Non MENZA Member $60

Full Day

  • MENZA Member $60
  • Non MENZA Member $90


2015 Report

IMG_3605 (1)In the Hawke’s Bay Region there have been a great variety of musical events organised by HBSME (Hawke’s Bay Society for Music Education) this year. We held two very successful PD days for teachers including a music technology workshop presented by Judith Bell and an Early Childhood and Junior music workshop presented by Julie Wylie. We provided opportunities for students with our annual HBSME Performance Scholarship competition which was adjudicated by Jose Aparacio. Awards were given for three categories; voice, instrumental and piano, won by Tobias Tedjamukti (voice) Larissa Kent (instrumental) and Elle Murfitt (piano).The Orchestral Play-in day for primary and intermediate students took place in August and was very well attended by 188 students. With the professionalism of conductor Charlotte van Asch and the assistance of many itinerant tutors, the students made amazing progress during the day and sounded fantastic in their end of day concert. We look forward to holding our Secondary Orchestral Play-in early in 2016. Our most recent event was our Ukulele festival held in the Hawke’s Bay Opera House plaza. There were around 300 students participating who were led by Walt Rutgers, Ngaire Shand, and local musicians with help from HBSME committee members and a Pasifika band from St John’s College and Sacred Heart College. This community event was thoroughly eIMG_3607njoyed by all and the funds which were raised will go towards purchasing more ukuleles for schools. It is exciting that Hawke’s Bay has just hosted its first International Arts Festival, held over two weeks in one of the last remaining Belgian Spiegeltents built in 1920. Finally I would like to congratulate Amy Ryan who is our new Hawke’s Bay Regional Representative for MENZA (Report by Jane Ngui)


About us

Hawkes Bay Society for Music Education promotes and supports music education in the Hawke’s Bay region. For information please contact Ngaire Shand


The annual HBSME Music Scholarship is awarded for outstanding musical attainment, demonstrated through a live public performance of two contrasting solo pieces drawm from different periods of music (approx. duration 10 minutes). The HBSME Music Scholarship of $500 is awarded annually to a student aged 21 years and under. The runner up will receive the Sandra Locke Memorial Award of $100. The Scholarship will be awarded on the understanding and commitment of the recipient to use the money for continuing music education in the year following the award.