Announcing our 2021 PD Workshops for Educators

Announcing our 2021 PD Workshops for Educators
January 25, 2021 ASPA

Announcing our 2021 Professional Development Workshops for Educators

ASPA Education is excited to announce THREE NEW WORKSHOPS with all new content in 2021 delivered in both MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY!

Are you an experienced performing arts educator looking for some fresh ideas in 2021? Or maybe you love the idea of providing more performing arts offerings at your school, but lack confidence? Then come and learn from our experienced staff who will share simple and effective tricks of the trade so that you can deliver engaging and sustainable performing arts programs in your school.

Teachers will leave each session with practical strategies that can be directly applied in their schools, in addition to digital resources that extend on activities learned during the session.

Start or Revive Your School Choir

Want to inspire your students to sing with glee? Our experienced staff will share simple and effective tricks of the trade to enable you to reinvigorate or launch a school choir that students will want to join. Each participant will receive a booklet with warm ups, activities, music and digital resources.

Dates and details

  • Melbourne (Kew): Friday 26 February, 9.30am – 3.30pm
  • Sydney (Willoughby): Friday 19 February, 9.30am – 3.30pm
  • Sydney (Parramatta): Friday 5 March, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Presenter (Melbourne): Sally Gawley is an energetic and talented performer and educator with a background in jazz and improvisation. She has tutored with the Australian Girls Choir for15 years, conducting international and national touring choirs and has led choral workshops around Australia and overseas. Receiving a Diploma of Performance (Jazz) from Elder Conservatorium in South Australia, Sally has worked extensively as a jazz and soul singer and performed with the internationally awarded a cappella ensemble Akasa. Sally delivers a range workshops for ASPA Education and has conducted thousands of children in metropolitan and regional Victoria over the past 12 years.

Presenter (Sydney): Jane Hennessy has tutored with the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) for 22 years and is the National Production Coordinator. With studies in classical and contemporary voice, performance and music education, Jane has extensive experience working with a wide variety of ages and experience levels. Jane has been the Musical Director on AGC international tours, run workshops with students and teachers with ASPA Education and delivered performing arts programs to Indigenous girls in remote Australia through Girls from Oz. She is a passionate educator and conductor who firmly believes in the power of singing and performing arts to build both community connection and individual confidence and identity.

Spectacular School Concerts

Do you want to put on a show that will blow your school community away, but don’t know where to start? Or do you have all the ideas ready to go but need a helping hand to bring your production to life? Join our expert instructors as they give you simple and effective tools to create a show-stopping (and stress-free!) performance. Each participant will receive a booklet with warm ups, activities, music and digital resources.

Dates and details

  • Melbourne (Kew): Friday 30 April, 9.30am-3.30pm

Presenter: Laura Knowling has tutored with the Australian Girls Choir for 13 years, conducting international and national touring choirs and has led choral workshops around Australia. Laura holds a Bachelor of Performance (Jazz) from Elder Conservatorium in South Australia and has worked extensively as a singer across many genres of music. Laura delivers a range of workshops for students with ASPA Education and has been involved in delivering performing arts programs to Indigenous girls in remote Australia through Girls from Oz since 2010.

Presenter: Grace Collins holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and has studied dance at the Ministry of Dance. She has worked as a Choral Assistant at Yarra Valley Grammar, has choreographed school musicals as well as dance routines and movement-based activities for ASPA Education, and currently teaches dance at Stage School Australia. Grace has been a tutor with the Australian Girls Choir for five years and is passionate about making the arts accessible and exciting for kids of all ages and abilities.

Performing Arts for your Classroom

Want to make your curriculum sing? Learn how to incorporate performing arts into your classroom. Whatever your skill level, our passionate team members will show you how to bring music, drama and dance activities to life! Each participant will receive a booklet with warm ups, activities, music and digital resources.

Dates and details

  • Melbourne (Kew): Friday 30 July, 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Sydney (North Ryde): Friday 30 April, 9.30am-3.30pm

Presenter (Melbourne): Jessica Huggett has been a tutor with the Australian Girls Choir for 16 years and is currently the Music Education Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts, Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Monash University and has taught classroom music, dance and drama in both primary and secondary schools. Jess is passionate about performing arts education and has enjoyed the opportunity to share this with teachers around Australia through touring as the Music Director for AGC national tours, running workshops with school students and teachers with ASPA Education and delivering performing arts programs to Indigenous girls in remote Australia through Girls from Oz.

Presenter (Sydney): Fiona Ulrick has been a tutor at the Australian Girls Choir since 2010 and is currently the Team Leader in NSW. After completing a Bachelor or Music and Bachelor of Education at UNSW she worked for a number of arts administration organisations including Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Education Unit.  Her passion for Music education has seen her work in early childhood, primary and secondary school settings teaching classroom Music and running band, choral and peripatetic Music programs.  She has produced school musicals and toured internationally with school performance ensembles.  As a performer she has worked and toured extensively as an accompanist and répétiteur across a number of genres.  Fiona is passionate about the accessibility of Music education for all and knows that it all starts with you – a vibrant and inspiring teacher!

Presenter (Sydney): Alex Utz has studied ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz and hip hop since the age of five and was a dance coach at the Denise Utz School of Dance for ten years. Alex has worked commercially in Los Angeles with numerous choreographers including Tony Czar, Andre Fuentes and Jojo Diggs. Alex has delivered dance workshops and choreographed school productions for schools across VIC and NSW with ASPA Education. Her inclusive and enthusiastic approach to working with young people is evident in the results she achieves with each group. Alex’s Alex holds a Certificate IV in Performing Arts from ED5 International.