Ensemble Instruments Up Close

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.

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Would you like to expand your knowledge of orchestral instruments so that you can confidently identify and solve instrument-specific issues affecting your ensemble?

With guidance from esteemed music educator Monte Mumford, learn to focus on improving ensemble performance by developing a detailed knowledge of individual ensemble instruments and instrument families in order to recognise and remedy common issues.

You will gain a “bag of tricks” which includes a set of detailed visual and aural “templates” for instruments other than your own. You will learn how to use these templates to help your students improve their ensemble sound.

Date: 16 October 2017 – 4 November 2017 (3 Weeks)
Where: Online and School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
Fee: $150
Educator: Monte Mumford
Course Duration: 10 Hours (minimum)

 

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS

Time Commitment

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 Saturday 5 November 2016 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.

 

Course Content

The course will include the following topics:

  • Fundamental knowledge of ensemble instruments, covering specific methodologies for the four instrument families.
  • Aural and visual cues/pattern/templates for individual instruments and how to utilise them.
  • Expectation and Rewards – how to promote student investment in self-learning and ownership for students by establishing standards of expectation for a range of ensemble levels and age ranges.

 

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Further develop your current understanding of each ensemble instrument and effectively apply pedagogical strategies and considerations across the four instrument families (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion).
  • Identify problems within your ensemble and correct them effectively.
  • Confidently reinforce effective posture, hand position, embouchure, bowing, etc.
  • Create and expand upon your “bag of tricks” to address and solve issues associated with individual instruments.

 

Suitable for:

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. 

 

mumford picture thumbnailMonte Mumford

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.

 

Download Course Outline as a PDF

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