Early Childhood Courses

 

For children up to 8 years

We are presenting Online Early Childhood courses from the comfort of your own home or school- from 1 day to 5 days.

Counted as NESA PD Elective for teachers in NSW

The courses include:
• A range of delightful rhymes, games, songs, folk dances, creative movement, musical stories, world music, percussion instrument activities, drumming, ukuleles, descant recorder and creative play
• A creative music and movement program, with sample lesson plans for 0-3 years and 3-8 years for one term in Stage 1 and a second term in stage 2
• Orff units of work for Stage 1 & 2 – themes include pirates, dinosaurs, space and jungle adventures
• Links to the APS, EYLF and the Australian Curriculum – the arts
• Comprehensive class notes
• Recordings of all sessions
• Certificate

The strategies contained in these courses will link to critical aspects of a child’s development and will inspire teachers and educators to embed quality musical activities and experiences into children’s programs.

Pre-requisite
These courses are suitable for all educators working with young children and no prior music experience is necessary.

Approach used
We use a multi modal and multi-sensory approach to help make the learning stick. Come and be inspired to make a real and lasting difference to your students!

The research
Research consistently links music and movement activities to supporting learning and development in early childhood education. We know that music can:
• Activate the brain for learning
• Trigger positive emotion
• Enhance physical development and social skills
• Build self-esteem and confidence
• Aid wellbeing
• Aid self-regulation
Music should be an important part of every high-quality early childhood program.

Why music?
An involvement in a music program helps to educate the whole individual – intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and creatively. Children develop confidence, self-esteem, memory, language, communication, listening, concentration, social skills, fine and gross motor skills, imagination and self-expression, while building an excellent foundation for future musical pursuits.

GOALS
BABIES & TODDLERS (0-3 YRS) 5 HOUR COURSE:
This five-hour course includes a range of delightful rhymes, games, songs, folk dances, creative movement, musical stories, world music, percussion instrument activities, and creative play for babies & toddlers.
Course goals:
• To learn how to teach and create a music and movement program for babies & toddlers, with sample lesson plans for a whole term
• Ideas on how to build teacher confidence
• How to incorporate puppets, props and visuals
• Learn how to engage babies and tots to build motor function, foster listening skills and develop language.
• To understand the research and benefits of music and movement
• To learn how to use transition songs between activities
• New ways to enhance learning across the curriculum (EYLF, NQS)
• Hands on and practical activities that focus on creativity
• Active and enjoyable music making that is appealing, immediately accessible and easy to teach

STAGE 1 (3-8YRS) 10 HOUR COURSE:
This two-day course includes a range of delightful rhymes, games, songs, folk dances, creative movement, musical stories, world music, percussion instrument activities, drumming, recorders, ukuleles and creative play.
Course goals:
• To learn how to teach and create a music and movement program, with sample lesson plans for a whole term!
• Ideas on how to build teacher confidence
• To understand the research and benefits of music and movement
• To learn how to use transition songs between activities
• New ways to enhance learning across the curriculum (EYLF, NQS and the Australian curriculum – the Arts)
• Hands on and practical activities that focus on creativity
• To understand links between music and maths, literacy and other subjects
• To develop classroom management strategies
• Active and enjoyable music making that is appealing, immediately accessible and easy to teach
• Learn how to drum and play the recorder and ukulele
• ‘Orff Schulwerk’ principles that will inspire, excite and motivate children to remember, understand and love music

STAGE 2 (3-8YRS) 10 HOUR COURSE:
This two-day course is a continuation of Stage 1, and includes even more rhymes, games, songs, folk dances, creative movement, musical stories, world music, percussion instrument activities, drumming, recorders, ukuleles and creative play.
Course Goals:
• To create a music and movement program, with sample lesson plans for a second term in each age group!
• To expand the repertoire – more songs, rhymes, games, dances and instrumental activities
• To understand more research and benefits of music and movement
• Relate all learning to each curriculum (EYLF, NQS and the Australian curriculum – the Arts)
• Hands on and practical activities that focus on creativity
• To further investigate links between music and maths, literacy and other subjects
• Learn how to drum and play the descant recorder
• To continue to learn and improve skills on the ukulele
• Extended ‘Orff Schulwerk’ learning – musical media and specific techniques
• How to evaluate music and movement
• Peer teaching assessment – each participant is to present a musical item to the group
• The opportunity to become a ‘Welcome to Music’ licensed teacher

Links to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
1.1, 2.1 Knowledge; 3.2, 3.4 Practice; 6.2 Engagement

Links to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which describes five learning and development areas, where children:
• have a strong sense of identity
• are connected with and contribute to their world
• have a strong sense of wellbeing
• are confident and involved learners
• are effective communicators

Links to the Australian Curriculum – The Arts
Content descriptors: ACAMUM080, ACAMUM081, ACAMUM082, ACAMUM083
Capabilities: Critical and Creative thinking, Personal and Social, Intercultural Understanding

Links to the Australian Quality Standards – QA 1, QA 2, QA 5

Register now for our new courses in Jan 2022
Early Bird rates are only available until 1st October, 2021

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Previous attendees – If you have previously completed any of our EC courses, you can enrol for a refresher and pay just 50% of the course fee. . This offer is available until 1st Oct, 2021. For further information please email us at info@welcometomusic.net

Kerry Allen scholarships are also available for *students and those who require financial assistance. *This is for full-time undergraduate students only. Photo and Student ID required. This offer is available until 1st Oct, 2021. For further information please email us at info@welcometomusic.net

Please note that all Early Bird registrations must be booked and paid by 1st October, 2021 and all other registration fees must be received by Wed 5th Jan, 2022. Cancellations will incur a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds available after Wed 5th Jan, 2022.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Susie Davies-Splitter (M.Ed.) is a qualified music and movement educator, accredited Orff trainer, musician, award-winning composer and twice past President of the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association. Susie and husband Phil run their own successful music education business, ‘Welcome to Music’, providing resources for Early Childhood and Primary teachers. They also present music programs for preschoolers, Artist in School programs, concerts and teacher training around the world.

Testimonials
“This course is a MUST DO for all educators of young children, not just music specialists. As an experienced music educator, I came away from this course with fresh new ideas, further understandings of why I do what I do, new ways to set students up for success, and a confidence to try some new things in my classroom that I know will be of great benefit to those I teach.” Ramona Ponting

“Wow, Wow, Wow, – I signed up as a complete learner with no musical experience or confidence. I was feeling extremely vulnerable and overwhelmed, to think I was putting myself in a position to be ridiculed and look foolish, I must be crazy. Well that was not the case at all. From the initial contact, to the end of day two of Level 1, there has been nothing but support and encouragement. It’s been a fun filled, informative, interactive, steady paced easy to learn structured course. The only prerequisite required is to have faith in yourself, be prepared to have a go and engage from the heart in this program. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be part of this program.”Sandra McLoughlin

“Thank you Susie and Phil for a wonderful week of Music Education. As a beginning teacher with no prior music experience, this course was the perfect starting point for me. It exceeded my expectations in every way. I used to think it would be hard to implement music into the classroom. However, after four days of training with you, I now feel confident about it and have a bank of activities ready to go. I’ve learnt that music can be incorporated into everything we do, so seamlessly and authentically. I appreciate everything you’ve taught me. I would do it again in a heart-beat – just loved it! You are very clever people with hearts for sharing. Thank you for making the level/professionalism/and likability of your music accessible to all. I love how the melodies, harmonies, rhythms etc are also appealing to us!!! The Teachers!!!! Thank you I look forward to keeping in touch and learning more.” Laura Barker

“Susie presents her training with a warmth and inclusivity that makes everyone who attends feel valued, worthy and happy to join in with all the activities. Her wealth of knowledge and experience is clearly evident in her programme and teaching style.” Gayle King

“Thanks again for an amazing week! I am sad that we will not all meet again. This shows me that the power of music uniting people and touching hearts is something that is life long and I feel I have indeed had my heart touched this week.”: Alexandra Prince

“A fun, engaging, well organised course celebrating and sharing the wonderful gift of music. Suitable for new, experienced and all teachers in between. Thoroughly worthwhile, an absolute gem of a course!”Dianne Stewart

“The Welcome to Music courses are well pitched to beginners who are in their first experiences of teaching music to young children. Susie is an extremely caring and supportive educator with decades of knowledge, experience and skills which she willingly shares. All resources are of very high quality in terms of repertoire selection, models of singing, and linking to core curriculum outcomes. An enjoyable journey of music learning -and a great entry point to the world of teaching music.”Lisa Woods

“Susie & Phil’s passion for Music Education along with their collection of outstanding resources, research information and creative practice are undoubted proof of how important music is as a core part of any school curriculum.” Judith Van Amstel

“If you’re lacking any confidence or feel unsure about how to handle teaching music to young children, this course is the ultimate resource! Everything is explained in a no-judgement, caring environment, so that no matter what your background is, you feel included and ready to learn. Susie and Phil’s songs, dances, ideas and lessons are some of the most fun, well-scaffolded and exciting content out there – and if it’s fun for us to teach, imagine how much fun the kids will find it! I loved every moment of the course, and they look at things you might not think to look at such as transition songs, ukulele and recorder units, and so much more. It’s worth the investment and I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to complete this course both live (Stage 1) and via watching recordings afterwards (Stage 2).”Cassandra Cordero

“I have loved doing the refresher course….I have learnt so much more the second time around and can’t wait to try out some of the songs and dances at kinder.” Kathy Ryan

“A very worthwhile PD. I was sceptical about it being online, but it was extremely convenient and efficient way of learning lots of new things and recharging my musical brain! I would recommend this to other Early Childhood teachers and music teachers.”Steph Balfour

“We had a wonderful time over 4 days for our online course. It was jam packed with singing, moving, warm ups, dance, recorder, ukulele, music advocacy and research, fabulous discussions and networking, peer teaching, the RIR principle, Orff thematic units and more. Thank you for being so incredibly inspirational. The world is a better place because of Susie and Phil.” Hannerlie Peck

“Susie and Phil are generous folk who give their all to help music educators. Real gems!” Louise Lindsay
Thank you to both Susie and Phil for a fun-filled, revitalising, inspiring and musically awakening experience over the last 4 days. I’ve really enjoyed every minute of it!” Julia Trifonov

“Susie and Phil are so inspirational. They are both truly great educators, musicians and mentors for life as well as music.” Elizabeth Arneil

“This was the best online PD I have ever done! And I’ve done a lot of them lately!” Jaclyn Lanera

“I feel inspired, confident and now have a wonderful arrangement of resources to implement immediately in the classroom. This will enrich the children’s learning and dispositions of curiosity, playfulness and creativity! Susie and Phil you are amazing and the love of music you share is inspirational. Thank you for a truly brilliant 4 days!” Laura Hayes

“Your contribution to Music Education is exceptional. Australia has a real treasure in you! All children should have access to this very enriching music education!” Helen Pritchard

“Susie and Phil’s songs are musically well-constructed, narratively interesting, singable and children LOVE them (I do too of course!). Your contribution to my professional development has been invaluable. This is just the start of my Welcome to Music education. I look forward to learning more through the guidance and inspiration of Susie and Phil. They are Australian treasures!” Carmel May

 

Early Childhood Courses

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