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On a High Note!

Aside from running ongoing courses for teachers in Rudolf Steiner Education and early childhood educators, we continue to offer schools in-service training days. If schools are in NSW, they can even access our Steiner inspired NESA courses and proficient teachers can be accredited for doing our courses. It’s a win-win for all.

This year we’re offering a music course for teachers in lower primary and upper primary. Led by the accomplished Adrienne Alexander (B.Mus.Ed (Merit), A.Mus.A, M.Mus (Mus.Ed), Grad. Dip, M.A ), these two new music courses were recently presented at the Steiner school, Aetaomah, in Terragon, NSW.

Head of School, Ron Caisely did a terrific job inviting teachers from surrounding Steiner schools to take part. And he wrote this review of what was a very creative, intensive day of music learning.

Review of “Music for Lower and Upper Primary”

The day with Adrienne was highly appreciated by everyone. Adrienne is clear and skilled as she had to present to a diverse group from new class teaches with limited musical knowledge and skills to well-informed school music teachers. She kept us all engaged.


The day opened with a brief, but highly applicable, theory presentation which involved us all in lively discussion. From then on Adrienne moved us through the day with education ideas, songs, recorder playing and techniques from the music of the 5th in Class 1 to sophisticated music, songs and skills of Class 6. A thorough printout that she provided us with gave us plenty of songs for each stage and material to work with in our own time.













The day was non-stop (no time for boredom!) and full of activity.

We finished with an introduction to song-writing, given some parameters to work within and based on the pentatonic scale. It was a positive experience even though some were feeling a little weary after an intense but inspiring day. Our violin teacher has already adopted some of the material.

If done over two slightly shorter days, one for lower primary and one for upper primary, I could imagine it could be even more fulfilling.

I would thoroughly recommend this course to any school, not only Steiner Schools, for its depth of knowledge, content and ideas and for Adrienne’s inspiring presentation.

Ron Caisley,
Aetaomah School

Thank you Ron. We will look at offering this wonderful course over 1–2 days as it’s too much fun to be compressed into 8 hours.

If you’d like to have Adrienne train your teachers (and get your mandatory NESA hours down) please call the NESA Co-ordinator at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College on 02 9261 4001.

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