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.
Successfully conducting a music ensemble is both an art and a craft, which requires skill, empathy and inspirational leadership that goes beyond being an excellent musician and administrator.
Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ esteemed educators will deliver a new Teacher Professional Development Program, designed to help Victorian teachers acquire the professional skills and knowledge needed to deliver inspiring ensembles in their own schools and communities.
The program is supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
What is involved?
The Teacher Professional Development Program is designed as a series of self-contained but connected courses exploring different areas of ensemble music pedagogy.
The first course, Fundamentals of Effective Ensembles, provides a basis for effective ensemble management, covering key topics such as instrumental pedagogy, rehearsal planning, repertoire selection and conducting. Subsequent courses will delve into these topics in greater detail.
Each course is 10 hours duration. To suit the needs of regional and rural teachers, courses are delivered online and in the teachers’ own time. They culminate in an in-person session with fellow participants and the educator at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, experiencing Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ renowned Ensemble Program first hand and networking with a community of peers.
Outcomes, standards, volume of learning and documentation are in alignment with the Professional Development framework of APST (Australian Professional Standards for Teachers) within the domains of knowledge, practice and engagement, ensuring a strong alignment to Victorian teachers’ professional learning needs for self-accreditation, A certificate of participation is awarded on completion of each course.