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Creative, Active Music Education

16 Mar - 16 Mar 2019

8:30am - 1:00pm

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A Teacher Symposium co-presented by Musica Viva, the Australian Society of Music Education and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

This event offers music teachers an inspired and fresh approach to education in the classroom, featuring presentations and workshops by world-leading music educators Assistant Professor Katie Dawson and Professor Gary McPherson

Professor Gary McPherson will present current and ongoing research examining how children across the globe best learn and make music. Associate Professor Katie Dawson will outline Creative and Body-based Learning (CBL) which uses strategies adapted from the field of drama to explore and unpack music concepts.

The opportunity to tease out the key ideas will follow in workshop sessions in which Katie Dawson will offer experiences of tangible CBL strategies to invigorate your practice, while Gary McPherson will assist teachers delve more deeply into making music learning visible in the education process.

This symposium contributes 4.5 hours of Professional Development addressing standards 1.2, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.5, 6.2  from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. All teachers will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation. 


Thebarton Community Centre
Cnr South Road & Ashwin Parade
Torrensville SA 5031



who should attend this event?

- Primary music specialist teachers
- Secondary music specialist teachers
- Generalist classroom teachers
- Pre-service university education students

Schedule of the day

8:30am Registration & Coffee

8:45am Keynote from Professor Gary McPherson - Creative and Impactful Teaching Strategies (International Best Practice Models)

9:55am Keynote from Assoc. Professor Katie Dawson - Creative and Body-Based Learning
(CBL & enquiry-based pedagogies)

11:00am Morning tea

11:20am Workshops and discussion: Creative and Impactful Teaching Strategies OR It Made Me Think

12:20pm Reflections and Q&A

12:50pm Wrap up + prize winners announced

1:00pm End

Download the schedule for detail on the keynote speeches, workshops and AITSL standards addressed at this event. 

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Assistant Professor Katie Dawson is a member of the faculties of the University of South Australia and The University of Texas at Austin, where she is director of the Drama for Schools program. She is an internationally-recognised consultant in drama-based pedagogy and creative learning, and has facilitated training, presented workshops and given interactive keynotes at universities and professional and arts conferences around the world. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous international journals, and she is a multi-award-winning teacher and author. Katie will demonstrate how CBL utilises active and arts-based approaches to engage students in all areas of the curriculum and how this applies to music teaching and learning.


Ormond Professor Gary McPherson is the Head of the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music. He is internationally renowned for his research into the power of music in people’s lives and in children’s education, and along with Graham Welch, he co-edited Musica Learning and Teaching in Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence (Volume 2 of An Oxford Handbook of Music Education). Gary has made an extensive contribution to an increased understanding of factors involved in musical learning processes. Gary is a former President of both ISME and ASME. 



This event is co-presented by Musica Viva, ASO and ASME

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Event Dates

  • Torrensville, SA 16 Mar 2019 8:30 AM

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Please call our box office on 1800 688 482. If you are unable to purchase a ticket prior to the event, please come early on the day and we can book you in. 

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