Music in the Rudolf Steiner Classroom – Lower & Upper Primary – Online

Fee: $200*

Course Code: ONSML2021
Presenter: Adrienne Alexander
Course Time: 6 hours self-paced online learning + 2 hours live online session 

Live online Zoom session: TBA

Venue: Online

Individuals: $200 inc. GST (includes resources)

This online course can also be run as a whole of school PD session.  Please call the Sydney Rudolf Steiner College Co-ordinator to discuss your staff PD needs.

Enquiries: Enquire Now

Or contact the Sydney Rudolf Steiner College Coordinator by email or by phone 02 9261 4001.

Musical Instrument Requirements: A descant recorder.

* Includes GST and is non-refundable.

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Course Outline

For Lower Primary:

In this course, participants will gain practical skills teaching music in the lower primary classes, utilising mainly the voice, recorder and percussion instruments. Discussion of Rudolf Steiner’s philosophies of music education will be supported with practical examples of music to teach classes 1-3. There will be instruction on correct recorder technique including tone production, articulation and finger co-ordination. As singing is of utmost importance in Steiner education, this course will explore simple unison melodies for use in the early primary years. There will be some exploration of music notation, reading, composition and improvisation. Participants will take away a useful booklet of musical resources for teaching to children in classes 1-3.

For Upper Primary: 

The Music in the Upper Primary course is tailored to educators teaching advancing musical skills to children in upper primary classes. This course will equip participants with the skills they need in order to further extend and develop their skills on a musical instrument and to teach music to an Upper Primary Class. Using a recorder and percussion, participants will further their practical instrumental techniques, and will be supported in the development of lesson sequences with the clear end goal of being able to confidently play a variety of more advanced songs on the recorder, as well as incorporate singing and percussion into an engaging teaching program.

Participants will develop an understanding of the current research around music and its various holistic benefits, as well as gain an overview of the Waldorf musical curriculum and its anthroposophic foundations. Participants will take away a useful booklet of musical resources for teaching to children in classes 4-6.

“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 & Upper Primary:

‘I was so nervous to reveal that I didn’t know a lot about music and had never picked up a recorder. However, by the end of this workshop I could read some music, I could play the recorder and I found out I can sing! All of these skills will so help me with my class and I just can’t wait to get back to share what I’ve learnt. Adrienne is amazing; she has this ability to make music learning accessible and lively. The four hours flew and I learnt so much. Couldn’t recommend this course highly enough!’.


‘As a class teacher with little musical education, Im often just one week ahead of where the children are. Not any more! After doing this four-hour intensive workshop I have learnt so many new pieces, techniques and gained confidence. Adrienne has a real gift to inspire learners and to help you. I am very lucky to have done her course and I will encourage as many as possible to do it too. It was also a lot of fun! I can keep up my practise because she has some great online resources and the resource booklet is a real classroom gem. Thank you Adrienne!’

Susan B.



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