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Music Education Canterbury Workshops June 11

June 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$25 – $45

Music Education Canterbury is pleased to bring you some great workshops that will give you some new and inspiring ideas that you can take back to your classrooms immediately

Sunday 11 June 1.00-5.00pm

Christchurch School of Music

60 Ferry Rd

  • Reinvigorating Singing with our Senior Students with a Taste of Kodaly with Kate Husband
  • Taking the Stigma Away from Theory with Judith Bell
  • Quirky Choir with Heather Libeau-Dow
  • Sing, Dance and Play with Juniors with Celia Stewart

Christchurch Music PD Day

The Programme

1.00 – All in – some great starter ideas to get you energised for the day

1.30-3.00 – Session 1

Choose one from:

  • Reinvigorating singing with our senior students the Kodaly Way
  • Music and Movement with Juniors
  • Taking the Stigma Away from Theory
  • Quirky Choir

3.00-3.30 – Afternoon tea break

3.30-5.00 – Session 2

Choose one from:

  • Reinvigorating singing with our senior students the Kodaly Way
  • Music and Movement with Juniors
  • Taking the Stigma Away from Theory
  • Quirky Choir

Cost:   One workshop $25.00

Two workshops $45.00

Cost includes afternoon tea

Please register here

or email us at helenpowell@xnet.co.nz if you have any questions or can’t access the google form

The Workshops

Reinvigorating Singing with our Senior Students with a Taste of Kodaly

with Kate Husband

Do you teach students in Years 4-8? Are you seeking ways of bringing great singing and movement back into the classroom? This workshop will show you how using the Kodaly method to teach singing, moving and dancing which will ignite a real love of singing tunefully in your classes.

Taking the Stigma Away from Theory

with Judith Bell

A fun interactive workshop where we get to try out the games and activities that make theory so popular at year 6-9 level as well as discussing the strategies and resources for running an after-school theory club. Although much of the workshop is “unplugged” the workshop also covers some engaging ways technology is used in the club. It will also look at music learning and computational thinking and how they link into the new digital technologies curriculum.

Quirky Choir

with Heather Libeau-Dow

This year I take Junior and Senior choir in a large primary school; and a choir for 5-12 year olds in a very small school. These are for “all-comers” and the challenge is to deliver sessions that are energetic and captivating.

The voice in the body is the vehicle for expression; there is emphasis on good posture, connected breathing and great diction. As repertoire is the key to success, a wide range of material is carefully selected; including engaging NZ compositions and songs from around the world. Orff Schulwerk processes are evident throughout-incorporating vocal exploration, movement, rounds and improvisation.

This workshop is geared to teachers responsible for primary choirs and classroom/assembly singing. Reflection and discussion around developing positive choir culture will conclude this session.

Music and Movement with Juniors

with Celia Stewart

This workshop will incorporate a range of great ideas that will empower all teachers to introduce music activities in to their daily programme. Using speech rhymes as the motivator we will explore singing, moving, and playing experiences that will engage young children. The main elements of music, beat, rhythm, dynamics, pitch, tempo and tone colour will be experienced in simple ways that all teachers can enjoy with their students.

The Presenters

Kate Husband has been teaching in classes for the past twenty years. She works in year 1-6 classes throughout the school week and teaches two choirs for the Christchurch School of Music on Saturdays. She has been trained in Level 1 Orff and is part way through learning the Level 1 Kodaly method.. She is passionate about keeping the art of music alive in our classrooms and in providing manageable ways for teachers to explore these too.

Judith Bell has run the Chisnallwood Intermediate School music programme since 1999, which provides instrumental and vocal lessons and a wide range of performance music groups. Prior to Chisnallwood, Judith taught early childhood music classes and was an itinerant and private music teacher. She also does arranging and transcribing work. Judith is co-director for Christchurch’s Strum Strike and Blow Festival and involved in Junior Jazz Jam (for Primary school jazz bands) and the Christchurch Big Band Festival. She is co-chair of Music Education Canterbury, is on the MENZA board and has recently become a MusicEdNet mentor looking especially at computational thinking and music learning as the new digital technologies curriculum is implemented in NZ.

Heather Libeau-Dow After general classroom teaching Heather specialised in primary music for eleven years then lectured at the University of Canterbury – College of Education for another eleven years. Currently she has an interesting mix combining both areas – appraising College of Education primary teacher trainees on school placements; delivering choir/ class music programmes in two Christchurch schools and teaching singing from her private studio. Her Orff Schulwerk journey started more than a decade ago with VOSA Levels 1 and 2 in Melbourne; later completing the University of Waikato Post Graduate qualification and recently Level 4 in Hamilton with inspirational Orff educator Mary Helen Solomon from Florida.

Celia Stewart has been involved in music education for many years as a primary and early childhood teacher, lecturer in Early Childhood at the Christchurch College of Education, primary music adviser in Canterbury with UC EdPlus at the University of Canterbury and National Facilitator in Primary Music for the Ministry of Education. She is Music Director at the Christchurch School of Music and regularly facilitates workshops for teachers, works in schools as a specialist music teacher, manages music events and writes resources. Celia is a flute and recorder player, is co-director of the Strum Strike and Blow festival, immediate past president of both Music Education Canterbury and Music Education NZ Aotearoa, co-director of the upcoming MENZA conference in Wellington. She has a Masters in Education specializing in the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education through Waikato University.


June 11, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$25 – $45
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Celia Stewart
Judith Bell


Christchurch School of Music (CSM)
60 Ferry Rd
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand
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