NMMD1019 Music in the Main Lessons

Fee: $400*

Course Code: NMMD1019
Presenter: Adrienne Alexander
Course Date: Negotiable
Venue: At your school
Time: 8 hours plus breaks – 1 day or over 2
$400 (includes resources)
Enquiries: Please contact Sydney Rudolf Steiner College NESA Co-ordinator on 02 9261 4001.

Requirements: A descant recorder and a ukulele (if possible).

* Includes GST and is non refundable.

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Course Outline

Music is an integral part of Rudolf Steiner Education. In this course, teachers will gain an understanding of the resources available to teach music in the main lessons of the Steiner curriculum. They will learn a variety of pieces appropriate to the age and development of the children and how to effectively teach them to their students utilising the voice, recorder and a variety of accompanying classroom instruments. By exploring music in the curriculum in stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, teachers will be able to use their acquired musical skills, using recorder, ukulele and singing to help plan teaching programs that engage students and promote learning.

In this course participants will further develop their practical skills for teaching music in the lower and upper primary classes, as well as lower high school utilizing mainly the voice, recorder and percussion instruments. Discussion of Steiner’s philosophies of music education will be supported with practical examples of music to teach classes 4 through 7.\

Through practical demonstration and participant involvement, participants will develop skills in the following musical activities:

  • Singing melodies and harmonies in 2 or 3 parts
  • Basic ukulele major chords, strumming technique
  • Playing melodies and harmonies on the recorder
  • Adding harmonic and rhythmic accompaniment to songs
  • Teachers will further develop their knowledge of the elements of music: pitch, duration, tone colour, texture, structure and dynamics
  • Develop correct vocal and instrumental techniques including breathing, tone development, articulation and posture

Use of these musical techniques will allow teachers to plan main lessons such as the Fables, the Saints, Human and Animal, Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages with a thorough range of musical repertoire.\

“Music is an art imbued with power to penetrate into the very depth of the soul, imbuing man with the love of virtue” – Rudolf Steiner

About Our Presenter

Adrienne Alexander B.Mus.Ed (Merit), A.Mus.A, M.Mus (Mus.Ed), Grad. Dip, M.A.

Adrienne Alexander has been a music educator for over 25 years. She began her undergraduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with merit in 1995 and later in 1997 completed a Masters Degree in Music Education. She has been widely sought after as a flute teacher, and has taught both privately and in many schools such as St. Patrick’s College Strathfield, The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Loreto Normanhurst, Northholm Grammar School and Lorien Novalis School for Steiner Education. Her students attain high results at HSC level, with several being nominated for HSC Encore performances, and some proceeding to study music at a tertiary level.

Performing as a soloist and in music theatre, in 2001 Adrienne moved to Paris where she studied flute and French language, then to London to study flute with a Professor of the Royal Guildhall of Music. She returned to Sydney to commence post-graduate studies in film production at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where she completed both a Graduate Diploma and a Masters Degree in Sound Design and Effects for Film.

After working for several years as a sound designer in the film industry, Adrienne returned to being a full-time music teacher. She currently specialises as a flute tutor, ensemble conductor, choirmaster, a Rudolf Steiner music educator and a woodwind examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.

Adrienne began working as a classroom music teacher at Lorien Novalis Steiner School in 2013 where she continues to develop the primary school recorder program and choir. She has become conscious of a gap in musical resources for Steiner Schools and therefore writes much of her own music to represent aspects of the Steiner curriculum and ethos for use in the classroom.

What our students say about Adrienne’s course, Music for Lower Primary:

‘I’ve done all of Adrienne’s courses the College offers. This one honed all the skills I’d learnt before and because it linked directly with the Steiner curriculum, I could apply everything I learnt immediately. It’s often quite tricky finding musical resources to support your main lesson delivery but now I have this wonderful resource to take back with me and it’ll really help my planning. Adrienne is such a gifted teacher and can work with students of all abilities which is quite something!’.

Emma H.

For proficient teachers:

Completing NMMD1019 Music in the Main Lessons will provide 8 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing descriptors 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2 and 3.5.2 towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Teachers please note:

We will validate your attendance however, for your hours to appear on your record, you need to login in to NESA with your 6-digit number and do an evaluation for the hours to be counted.


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