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Music Education Skills for the Primary Classroom - NSW only 

An online PD program offered by Musica Viva In Schools in conjunction with the NSW Teachers Federation and Centre for Professional Learning. 

Enrolment period: 30 March 2020 – 15 June 2020

Course delivery dates: 22 June 2020 – 11 September 2020

Please join the waitlist for future course dates.

Course Overview

This course is a general introduction to music education in the primary school, encouraging creativity and providing practical ideas for use in the classroom. It’s aimed at generalist classroom teachers with minimal music teaching experience, who wish to build their skills and confidence. It is supervised and moderated by an experienced course instructor, who provides ongoing feedback and support throughout the course. The course is aligned to the K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus and AITSL’s Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, contributing 14 hours of NESA Registered PD towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.

Course Information

This online program consists of 5 modules, each are 3 hours in duration (includes videos and readings, application and task submission).

Module 1 
Introduction to the course, the value of Music Education, music skills K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus.

Module 2
Musical concepts K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus, pedagogical approaches: practical ideas for the classroom.

Module 3
How to develop music learning in the classroom, building from simple to more complex, encouraging creativity.

In Modules 1 - 3 participants unpack and familiarise themselves with the musical elements, skills and terminology of the K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus and have the opportunity to read and view a variety of articles and videos exploring the value of music education. They identify both music and non-music skills learnt in the classroom, explore different pedagogical approaches to teaching music, and analyse video examples of music lessons in a variety of classrooms.

Module 4
Linking to other learning areas, General Capabilities, Cross Curriculum Priorities, use of technology, programming, assessment.

Module 5
Bringing it all together – teaching and reflecting.

Modules 4 - 5 include a more ‘hands-on’ approach where participants put into action all they have learnt in the first 3 modules to plan an engaging learning sequence for their students. Participants consider learning and assessment outcomes and indicators before teaching and reflecting on their learning sequence.

Music Education Skills for the Primary Classroom will contribute 14 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 3.6.2, 5.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Professional Knowledge - 2.1.2
Professional Practice - 3.2.2; 3.3.2; 3.4.2; 3.6.2; 5.1.2
Professional Engagement - 6.2.2; 6.3.2; 7.4.2


Contact Information

If you have any questions please send us an email [email protected]

Frequently asked questions

The cost is $250, exclusive of GST.

Payment options

1. Purchase online with a credit card
2. Request tax invoice to school

3. Request tax invoice for NSW Government Schools - LMBR

If this option is selected you must enter a purchase order number in the box below. If you do not have a purchase order number one must be obtained before continuing with this option.

Please note: If you are requesting an invoice, an invoice with the correct amount ($250) will be emailed to you within 3-5 working days.

Yes, you can still enrol. First priority is given to Teachers Federation members, but there are often places still available towards the end of the enrolment period for non-Teachers Federation members. The cost of the course remains the same at $250.

The course material is structured so that you do not need to log in at any particular time to partake, but rather work through the content at your own pace. There are "due dates" for tasks during this time to ensure that the course content is completed within the course dates, but the idea is that you access the course content at times that suit you during the period of the course.

You are still able to enrol. You can pay with credit card online or over the phone with our Box Office staff.

Yes, you will gain 14 hours of NESA accreditation (Proficient teachers) and a certificate upon completion of the course.

Please be aware that the course is a 10-week course with sequential activities and tasks, accompanied by regular submissions. Our course has been structured to give participants enough time to access, understand and implement the course learning and knowledge in an achievable time frame.

In NSW with a NESA registered course, the Standard Descriptors, duration and activities are set at the time of course registration. If a participant does not submit all required tasks, it is not possible to receive the registered hours. If you know that you will be unable to submit all tasks within the timeframe, you could record the professional learning as Teacher Identified Professional Development. We will be offering the same course next year, and this may be a more suitable option.

If you are requesting an invoice to LMBR, you will need to ask your office staff to raise a Purchase Order Number with shared services.

If you could then send this Purchase Order Number to [email protected], our accounts team will be able to send the invoice to shared services directly.

Our ABN is 94 504 497 655.

If cancellation occurs before course commencement, fees will be fully refunded. Unfortunately we cannot refund fees after the course has commenced.