Sydney Symphony passes baton on to teachers
Tuesday, 4th March, 2014
By By Nick Gibbs
Teachers throughout the Far West were treated to a master class in music education at a workshop held at Willyama High School on Saturday.
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Head of Education, Kim Waldock, hosted the workshop aimed at equipping teachers with the tools to teach music in the classroom.
Ms Waldock explained that a key part of her role was to build participants’ confidence.
“Because they’re teachers, they actually have most of the skills already,” she said.
“My goal is to unpack the mystery of teaching music in the classroom.”
Attendees left the workshop with a memory stick that plugs directly into an interactive whiteboard and lesson plans to provide direction for classes.
“It will help replicate information from the workshop in the classroom,” Ms Waldock said.
Music can be used across the curriculum as it suits a range of different learning styles, she said, using the example of singing times tables.
“It can also give teachers ideas to use when presented assemblies.”
The Broken Hill workshop was part of a larger music education project in country NSW with a previous event held in Cobar at the end of last year and another scheduled for Dubbo next week.
“The orchestra thinks it’s really important, which is why it’s offered free of charge,” Ms Waldock said.
“Online learning is fine but nothing beats face-to-face.”
In May the Sydney Symphony Orchestra itself will be playing in Broken Hill and much of the focus over the weekend centred on music from that concert.
“The whole idea is to use the tour music so that the teachers are familiar with it,” Ms Waldock said.
Teachers from Alma Public School, Bourke High School, BH High School, BH Public School, Menindee Central School, Morgan Street Public School, Wilcannia Central School, Willyama High School attended the workshop.