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Teaching Musical Skill

Teaching Musical Skill is an online training course suitable for all music teachers instrumental and vocal, primary and secondary, classroom and studio. This course explores the most significant factors for musical improvement, and the teacher’s role in enhancing student practice and performance skills.

Knowing how to practise is the most important skill for musicians. Types of repetition, identifying patterns to simplify learning, practising in small portions, and slow practice are core. This course explores the most effective methods of teaching these concepts to students, including explanation for understanding, observation to collect feedback, and physical and metacognitive modelling.

Participants will learn:

  • Factors impacting differential ability
    Repetition, drills, and problems
  • There’s more to repetition than meets the eye
  • The four modes for playing music
  • Avoiding the familiarity trap
  • Music patterns simplify
  • Practise very slowly…progress very fast!
  • Practice time
  • If you don’t snooze you lose!
  • Observation, mirror neurons, and models
  • Teaching expression
  • Sing!

This course consists of eight units, each with instructional videos and follow up activities. The activities are embedded within the course, but can also be downloaded from the link on this page for your personal use (ZIP file, 0.7MB). Should you wish to retain submitted responses, copy and paste to your own document.

Control your time constraints with self-paced online-on-demand learning. Access anytime, anywhere. Seamless in design, simple to navigate, quality content.

Purchase single-user access to this course via the registration link. The registration name will be displayed on the course completion certificate. Credit card details required, or schools can email for an invoice. For group discounts and site licences, please contact Michael Griffin.

Completing Teaching Musical Skill will contribute 4.5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptor 1.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Accredited for 4 hours by the ACT Teachers Qualifications Institute (TQI). Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation. Descriptors Addressed: 1.1.2, 6.2.2

On completion of the course, a PDF certificate is issued and further resources made available.