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Throughout the Term 3 school holidays, music teacher Belinda Parr was selected by the Teachers Registration Board to receive sponsorship to attend the 2015 Australian Society for Music Education conference held at Prince Alfred College.
The biennial conference is attended by music educators Australia-wide and also from some overseas countries.
Running for three days, the ASME conferences allow teachers to hear about current research in music education. Workshops on various teaching strategies are also held throughout the conference.
The 2015 conference was themed ‘Education for Life’, with seminars and workshops themed on lifelong learning in music.
Key note addresses all reflected current research in music learning and brain development. In this research strong links were made between learning a musical instrument and increased student outcomes.
The research of one of the conference participants, Anita Collins, was produced as a Ted Ed animation on the importance of music in brain development. The animation can be viewed by clicking here.
In addition, conference participants engaged in professional learning on a range of concepts related to the curriculum. Many of these sessions focussed on various ways to integrate technology and music from other cultures into classroom music lessons.
Some of the strategies explored in the conference will be implemented in music classes at SEHS throughout 2016.