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Teacher Professional Development Workshops 2022

Teacher Professional Development Workshops 2022
February 15, 2022 ASPA

Teacher Professional Development Workshops 2022

ASPA Education is excited to announce three exciting Professional Development Workshops with all new content in 2022 delivered in both MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY!

Are you an experienced performing arts educator looking for some fresh ideas in 2022? 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: Friday March 4
  • Sydney: Friday March 11

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 for 16 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 of 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 23 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.

Show-Stopping 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: Friday May 6
  • Sydney: Friday May 6

Presenter (Melbourne): 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 (Melbourne): 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.

Presenter (Sydney): Jane Hennessy – see biography above

Presenter (Sydney): Tiegan Denina is a versatile performer with a Diploma of Musical Theatre from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne. Tiegan starred as Veronica in The Mitchell Old Company’s 2022 production of ‘Heathers – The Musical’ and also performed in Sydney Theatre Company’s production of ‘Chimerica’ in 2017. Tiegan has been tutoring with the Australian Girls Choir for the past 5 years in Sydney and Melbourne as well as delivering singing, dance and drama workshops with ASPA Education’s online programs. Tiegan’s love of performing supports a playful and creative learning environment where imaginative exploration and self-expression are strongly encouraged.

Performing Arts Content Booster

Are you looking to top-up or refresh your performing arts content for Semester 2? Let us re-stock your teacher tool-kit at this practical, hands on day where we will equip you with a wide range of brand new resources that will engage students of all ages and abilities. Each participant will receive a booklet with warm ups, activities, music and digital resources.

Dates and details

  • Melbourne: Friday July 29
  • Sydney: Friday July 29

Presenter (Melbourne): Mark Puddy has worked in music education for the past thirty-seven years and is in demand as a writer and arranger of choral works. He is regularly commissioned to write works for schools and community choirs around Australia. Mark is the resident arranger and composer for the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) and this organisation regularly performs his works for children ranging from 5 to 18 years of age.

He has published many choral pieces and his works are performed regularly in Australia and overseas, often appearing in eisteddfodau and other choral competitions as set pieces or as recommended works. Mark conducts and tutors with the AGC, and has been a regular conducting tutor at ACCET (Australian Choral Conductors’ Education and Training) for the last 9 years, teaching conducting to choral directors from around Australia.

Presenter (Melbourne): Grace Collins – see biography above

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): Eleanor Meagher is a vocal, dance and drama teacher who is passionate about cultivating play, collaboration and inclusivity through the performing arts. She has been teaching with ASPA Education and the Australian Girls Choir for the past four years across Sydney, Canberra and rural NSW. Eleanor completed a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) at the Sydney Conservatorium of music, her upcoming performances include a lead role in Musgrove Opera’s ‘Heroes’ at the Sydney Opera House. Amongst this, she volunteers for Girls from Oz, the charity partner of ASPA, that provides performing arts education to girls within remote and indigenous communities.