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Teaching Music Composition Stage 4/5

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Join Dr Jim Coyle for a full day of Teaching Music Composition in Stages 4 and 5, accredited by NESA.
Dr Jim Coyle has 25 years' experience teaching music in New South Wales from pre-school to university levels. He is much sought after as a leader of Professional Learning for in-service teachers. Coyle also takes high-profile masterclasses for young composers and is a popular pre-concert speaker for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

This five-hour course which addresses the main issues that cause problems for in-service teachers when teaching Composition in stages 4 & 5. The NSW syllabus mandates 33% of time and assessment in music be dedicated to composition, but many teachers feel they lack skills, resources and ideas to delivery this properly.

1. Composition in non-elective stage 4 classes
2 hours
In this session, we will undertake two composition tasks that are proposed as models for assignments for this stage. One of them will be a highly-scaffolded notation activity, the other will involve minimal use of staff notation.
Participants will create and perform compositions (performance in groups) and have an opportunity to reflect and review their work.

2. Composition in elective stage 5 classes
2 hours
This session will focus on notated compositions for small instrumental groups. Participants will create and perform two compositions that are offered as models for stage 5 work. One will be more highly scaffolded than the other. The session will conclude with a plenary discussion on the outcomes of these tasks and their possible use in participants' schools.

3. Bridging the gap to stage 6 composition
1 hour
This session will focus on work offered in Year Ten music and will offer ways that this work could be extended to create a strong platform for future HSC composers.

Completing Teaching Music Composition in Stages 4 & 5 contributes 5hrs of NESA registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.6.2, 2.6.2, 3.3.2, 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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