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18 Jan 2017
Forty primary school teachers from all over NSW participated in our annual teacher-training program, TunED-Up!™, last week.
Over five days the teachers participated in intensive workshops and tutorials where they learnt the skills and techniques they need to confidently teach music in their classrooms.
TunED-Up!™ 2017 was generously hosted by the Australian Institute of Music (AIM).
The SSO developed TunED-Up! in response to academic research that revealed that music isn’t taught in more than 50% of primary school classrooms across NSW.
“There is an overwhelming amount of academic research that proves that music learning does so much to enhance children’s learning and development,” explains SSO Director of Learning and Engagement Linda Lorenza. “However due to limited music training in their university studies, primary classroom teachers often lack the knowledge and confidence to properly teach music to their students.”
Now in its fourth year, it’s been revealed in an independent report by BYP Group that the TunED-Up! program positively impacted more than 42,000 NSW primary school students in three years through training 121 primary school teachers.
The primary school teachers participating in this year’s TunED-Up program hailed from as far as Cobar, Orange and Dubbo, and were selected from a wide pool of applicants for their passion for education and ability to share their training with their communities.
The workshops were run by music education specialists and SSO musicians, who focused on teaching the teachers skills including directing school choirs, teaching on percussion instruments, composition writing and singing.
The TunED Up program also places a strong emphasis on training the teachers to effectively using digital resources in their music teaching, with each teacher receiving an iPad to work from for the duration of the program.
Once they return to their hometowns, the teachers can stay in touch and update one another on their progress through networks established and hosted by the SSO education team.