VMTA Spring Workshop 2016

Spring Workshop 2016

Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 September, 2016

St Kevin’s College, Toorak

A two-day workshop for instrumental music teachers

Spring back into action towards the end of the Term 3 school holidays with this stimulating and practical two day workshop designed for instrumental music teachers working in their own studio or in schools. Day One will be of great benefit to piano teachers, and Day Two will provide a valuable and broad professional learning opportunity for teachers of all instruments. One and two day bookings are available.

We have a wonderful line up of outstanding presenters and a great range of topics. The workshop will cover how to develop aural skills and musicianship, technique development, holistic approaches in teaching pedagogy, music technology, and self regulated and independent learning. There will be a session on teaching students with special needs, which will go towards meeting the new requirements for VIT registration. We are also very pleased to welcome VMTA Patron Prof Gary McPherson who will present on Day Two.



Day One (for piano teachers) 

9.00-9.25am: Registration

9.25am: Welcome and Introduction


  • The Integrated Lesson (Elizabeth Mitchell)
  • Developing Technique and Practice Methods: The Importance of Developing Finger Strength and Essential Skills (Janine Sowden)
  • It’s All In the Rhythm: AMEB Piano for Leisure Insights (Peter Hurley)
  • Improvisation for All: Introducing Improvisation to the ‘Classical’ Player (Dr Ros McMillan)

Day Two (for teachers of all instruments)

9.00-9.25: Registration

9.25: Welcome and Introduction


  • Simple and Effective Ways to Use Technology in Your Teaching Studio (Katie Wardrobe)
  • Manifestations and Management of Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Daphne Proietto)
  • Developing Self Determined and Self-Regulated Music Learners (Prof Gary McPherson, VMTA Patron)
  • Hearing It Before Makes It an Awful Lot Easier To Play: How to Integrate Aural Into Every Day Teaching (Peter Hurley)

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