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The Art of Musical Play : A Summer Workshop

January 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Art of Musical Play : A Summer Workshop

Conducted by Julie Wylie and Art Therapist Isobel Mertel

Date : Wednesday 20th January 2015

Time : 11.00am – 4.00pm

Venue : Okuti Valley Hall, Little River

Other Information : Please bring a shared lunch

Cost : $80.00

For Bookings or More Information Please Contact Clare Newton at events@juliewyliemusic.com or 0274626488

This Summer workshop combining Art Therapy and Musical Play for parents, teachers, librarians and therapists will demonstrate how participants can develop a nurturing learning environment incorporating art and musical play. Such play supports daily routines and classroom learning in joyful ways that promote children’s pride in achievement. There will be an emphasis on understanding the keys to a child’s learning and how to develop calming, regulating strategies that provide a nurturing learning environment for young children.

When children learn about the elements of art and music and what, why and how music and art works in relation to their own bodies, artistic expression and musical play becomes a vital part of the child’s own form of communication. We develop a sense of self and self-expression through art and musical play. Art and musical play naturally builds healthy brain/body connections.
Play gives meaning to everyday tasks and activities. As they explore a range of sensory experiences children learn to think creatively, to problem solve and to develop a love of learning. All children can develop strengths and talents through artistic musi-
cal play. A nurturing playful environment is all-important to the development of creativity, artistic expression, musicality and
holistic learning. Artistic musical play can underpin the whole curriculum.

Julie Wylie

Mus.B (Hons. 1st class),B.A. A.T.C.L Dip Tchg. A.I.R.M.T.N.Z. Julie Wylie founded the New Zealand Musical Parenting Association twenty two years ago. She is the founder of the music programme and senior music specialist at the Champion Centre, at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand. Julie has been invited to many countries to present music workshops and papers including Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, UK, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland. She has received awards for her music leadership and her music resources have won international awards. Julie also has her own music school for mothers and babies and children 0-8 years.

Isabel Mertel

Before coming to New Zealand, Isabel worked for twelve years as a qualified Art Therapist in Germany, Berlin. During that time she collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra creating Art and Music Projects with school children. Since arriving in New Zealand three years ago Isabel has continued working in therapeutic and educational contexts. She introduced Art Therapy to the New Zealand Blind Foundation in Christchurch. Isabel is offering one-on-one sessions as well as art classes for adults and children from 3 years, both in Christchurch and on the Banks Peninsula. Isabel is also exhibiting her own painting work in New Zealand and Germany.


January 20, 2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Judith Bell


Okuti Valley Hall, Little River