New MVA partnership provides top music training

Musica Viva In Schools is partnering with The CASS Foundation on a new teacher professional development initiative to support music education and teacher capacity in disadvantaged schools throughout Victoria’s south-west in 2019.

New MVA partnership provides top music training

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The program involves teachers from nine schools in Warrnambool, Hamilton and Portland participating in group professional development workshops and working with Musica Viva In Schools mentor Sue Lane in tailored one-on-one sessions.

Between 2 – 11 September each school will also receive a live music incursion through Musica Viva In Schools, featuring local Victorian ensemble Water, Water, Everywhere, and access to the program’s award-winning online digital teaching resources.

Professional development workshops have already begun, including a specific workshop for teachers preparing for the upcoming Water, Water, Everywhere concerts. Musica Viva’s Professional Development Manager, Jemma Tabet, presented an additional free professional development workshop, Singing and Playing in the Classroom, open to all teachers on 25 July at Warrnambool East Primary School with the support of Deakin University.

All teachers were extremely appreciative of the project and being offered encouragement with strategies and ideas to support them in their teaching,’ remarks Lane. ‘Discussion also focussed on the value of connecting with other educators and how this was not always easy in regional areas.

Water, Water, Everywhere features in-demand Melbourne-based musicians Thea Rossen (vibraphone, percussion), Luke Carbon(clarinet) and Leigh Harrold (keyboard). Their show is based on the music of Grammy Award-winning composer, Tan Dun, which beautifully evokes memories of his childhood in the waterlogged rice fields of China.

With cross-curriculum links to science, technology, geography, history and sustainability the show is a visual and aural thrill for students as they witness an array of percussion instruments played in large bowls of water, including gongs, wooden bowls and tin cans. Students are encouraged to make their own music and to appreciate water itself as a precious resource.

The program is perfect for any school thanks to the online digital resources pack, supplied by Musica Viva In Schools, that includes activities and links to the Australian Curriculum to help teachers design up to 10 weeks of lesson plans. Built for both generalist primary and specialist music educators, each pack also includes additional online accredited professional development for the teachers.

Sue Lane was a terrific professional development leader,’ says Cavendish Primary School music teacher, Leeanne Barber. ‘She helped me to gain the most from the teaching resources on the website. The depth and breadth of the resources was extraordinary!’
‘My students have loved the activities and are looking forward enthusiastically to the performance. I am grateful to Musica Viva for the opportunity for my small rural school to be involved in this project.’

Tour dates: Water, Water Everywhere touring Barwon South-West region 2 – 11 September 2019 | Casterton, Cavendish, Cudgee, Hamilton, Nullawarre, Panmure, Portland & Warrnambool

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