Our Teacher Professional Development Program is designed to support growth and improvement in the professional knowledge and practice of ensemble music education for Victorian teachers of music.
Would you like to engage and inspire your students through well-planned and productive rehearsals?
With guidance from esteemed music educator Monte Mumford, you will gain a deeper understanding of effective rehearsal techniques, and how to implement them. You will learn how to record and evaluate your ensemble’s progress and achievements. You will learn how to use your precious rehearsal time effectively by focusing on student learning outcomes.
Date: 18 April 2017 – 6 May 2017 (3 Weeks)
Where: Online and School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
Educator: Monte Mumford
Course Duration: 10 Hours (minimum)
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During the course, seven hours of study are undertaken flexibly online within the specified dates. The course culminates in a three hour in-person session on the final day with fellow participants and the course educator at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. See Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ renowned Ensemble Program in action and consolidate your learning with the course educator. Lunch is provided.
The course will include the following topics:
- Developing your intended learning outcomes.
- Using rehearsal activities to achieve educational objectives.
- Structuring your rehearsal and allocating your time.
- Recording and evaluating your success with a view to improvement.
- Inspiring your students to stay engaged beyond the rehearsal room.
You will be able to:
- Identify students’ needs and design your teaching to meet those needs.
- Employ proven and effective teaching strategies, ensemble activities and rehearsal techniques.
- Manage your time effectively with sound rehearsal plans.
- Keep your students engaged and involved.
- Record, measure, evaluate and improve your ensemble’s progress and achievements, as well as your own.
Victorian Music educators currently teaching in the field, or for instructors and teachers who work with musical ensembles. This course could also prove valuable for those in the music field who are considering teaching music or working with a variety of instrumental ensembles. Applicants should be able to read music scores and demonstrate basic conducting techniques. Previous ensemble conducting experience is beneficial, but not essential. It is advantageous (although not compulsory) for participants to have completed the MYO Teacher Professional Development Program “Fundamentals of Effective Ensembles Course”, prior to the commencement of this course. To ensure that this course is suitable for you, applicants should provide information regarding their current knowledge in ensemble pedagogy through the online application.
Monte Mumford has an international reputation as a conductor, educator, adjudicator and clinician. He contributes regularly to the field of music education through conference presentations, publications, professional development offerings, and masterclasses. He is in demand as a guest conductor, music education consultant and adjudicator, providing performance strategies and professional development for music educators, administrators and students alike. Mumford has worked with many professional ensembles throughout his career. As a trombonist he has extensive performance experience with a number of Australian, American, British, New Zealand Turkish and other international symphonic, chamber groups, jazz ensembles and show bands. He most recently served as Associate Professor of Music at University of Northwestern, Minnesota, USA, as Director of Bands and Head of Brass, Winds and Percussion
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