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Developing Language Through Music And Dance For Teachers Of 4-7 Year Olds

August 15, 2020 @ 1:15 pm - 5:30 pm

VENUE: University of Auckland Epsom Campus, 74 Epsom Ave, Auckland
Gate 3 B Block (first building on the right)

This event includes two x 105 minute workshops:

Sound and symbol – connecting music and language
A child’s early years offer opportunities to develop a musical identity and discover the “musical self”. The natural connection between words, images and sounds found in poetry and books provides useful starting points for music-making at all levels. This workshop explores a range of music possibilities including rhythmic layering, adding background music, developing musical themes to represent characters, and vocal exploration and songs to represent key ideas in stories and poems.

Dancing Music to life
Every story has a dance in it ! This workshop will find those dance story possibilities and get your words moving. Dance has its own language and the more familiar we are with it, the more naturally the links to literacy come to mind. From word warm ups to dancing stories, this workshop will not only get you thinking. It will also be a lot of fun !


Robyn Trinick
Robyn is an expert and highly experienced teacher and presenter who works in teacher education at the University of Auckland. She is currently a national Kaiarahi for the current Ministry of Education Networks of Expertise venture. One of Robyn’s passions and her Masters degree focus has been the connection between music and language learning. For many years she has also made access to Maori language and culture an inspiring part of her teaching.

Clare Battersby
Clare is a vibrant, creative and experienced dance teacher and presenter both here and overseas. She will encourage you in a safe, inclusive environment to spread your wings and weave the arts into all areas of children’s learning. She was a recipient of a Dance Subject Association of New Zealand 2017 Life member Award.

To register for this workshop:

Register your name and details online HERE. Then, use your own internet banking facility to make a direct deposit into the ONZA account at BNZ 02 0248 0073940 097     Reference: Your surname; Code: AKL15AUG Entering your surname means you will be registered. Payment by Credit card is also available.

    • Registration Fee $10

For inquiries email:  Shirley Harvey 

This workshop is funded by the ONZA Networks of Expertise.


August 15, 2020
1:15 pm - 5:30 pm
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