Making Music Our Own - weekend in person

bookingGirl.pngDeveloping musical literacy and competence, with Nikki Berry & Loren Easterbrook

Using a playful approach: our voices, simple songs, games and tuned percussion, we will explore the basic building blocks of music and establish a road map for further development.

The course will cover:

  • Understanding, reading and writing rhythm
  • Understanding, reading and writing melody
  • Understanding harmony
  • Learning by ear - developing aural skills
  • Sight singing - transferring aural skills to paper
  • Part singing - developing musical independence
  • Drills and exercises to go on with
  • Making music for the joy of it!

Suitable for beginners or more experienced musicians wanting to 'back fill' gaps, or experienced musicians/teachers wishing to develop more fun, holistic ways to teach.

This course is not suitable for people who haven't yet learnt to 'pitch match' (hear a pitch and vocally reproduce it. We recommend Reclaim Your Voice for people still learning to pitch match). This course is ideal for people wishing to do the Summer School Level One Primary Training, who lack formal reading and writing skills.

Saturday/Sunday, the 10th and 11th of December
10.00am - 4.00pm
Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road
$180/$170 Friends of The Muse
Limited Numbers. Bookings Essential Book here

The Tutors

Loren.jpgNikki BerryLoren Easterbrook is a jazz vocalist, composer and multi instrumentalist, who has taught in schools and the community for over ten years in Christchurch and Melbourne. She holds a bachelor of Musical Arts from Ara, (Christchurch Jazz School) and recently completed a Masters of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Melbourne with first class honours. Loren is committed to providing effective, inclusive music education, and is trained in the Kodály approach which builds musicianship skills through group music making. She is also passionate about composition and using digital technology to develop creativity.

Nikki Berry conducts several choirs in Christchurch and is well known for her work with beginner singers and people who think they can't sing. Having experienced a haphazard music education, and realizing that those with a more formal music education were not much better off, she has dedicated many years to developing more holistic ways to teach music. Over the last few years, Nikki has been studying the Kodály approach, and this approach largely informs this weekend course.