Course hits the high notes

Kathy Deacon
CPL Director

Course conductor Dr Graham Sattler

Primary teachers from schools from across the Northern Rivers attended the Centre for Professional Learning’s (CPL) Developing Music Reading Skills for Singing and Playing Instruments in Your K-6 Classroom course.

Dr Graham Sattler, from the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, led participants through the theoretical and practical elements of the course, with hands-on instrumental activities and role play designed to simulate facilitated group music learning in the classroom setting.

The course commenced with Dr Sattler explaining and discussing the principles, purpose and benefits of music literacy, and its relevance to the K-6 curriculum.

Included in the course was a session that explored and demonstrated the Western music notation system and the application of the system to principles and real-world examples.

Participants gained an understanding of standard music score layout and worked to develop knowledge of the process of score reading as it applies to singing and instrumental groups.

Feedback from the course attendees revealed they believed they had been given the skills to inspire their students to develop a love of music and had been provided with practical tips, hints and ideas.

“We are learning valuable practical skills and knowledge that we can transfer immediately to the classroom context to support our students,” Donna Elliott said.

Yvonne Thompson commented: “Graham has catered for the varied levels of music skills of participants which reflects his skill as a presenter.”

During Term 4, Dr Sattler will return as a presenter of two courses as part of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums’ partnership with the CPL.

Leading a School Choir in Primary Schools – As Embedded in the NSW Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus will be held on Wednesday, 1 November in Surry Hills.

The Starting a School Band in a Primary School? The Fundamentals Explained will be held Thursday, 7 November at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Go to the centre's website to apply.