KODÁLY COLLECTIVE MUSIC SCHOOL
Specialising in early childhood, primary and adult music classes
2021 GROUP CLASSES
VENUE: Paddington Hall and Annexe
10 Moreton Street Paddington
Free Class Trials Available
9:00 - 9:45 3-5 year olds
9:00 - 9:45 7-9 year olds
9:50 - 10:35 5-7 year olds
10:40 - 11:25 0-3 year olds
10:00 - 11:30 Adults
Term 4 Saturday Classes
For class details select the relevant class below
GROUP MUSICIANSHIP CLASSES
We are a collective of music educators trained in the Kodály Methodolgy of music education. We are offering group musicianship classes for students from early childhood to adult learning groups which are designed to establish and develop students' broader musicianship skills in performing, reading, writing, and creating.
The musical skills and knowledge acquired in our classes can perfectly compliment any tuition on any specific instrument that our students may be undertaking and make up the foundation of a well-rounded musician.
In our group classes, students can expect to: (depending on their age) sing, play games, dance, play some instruments, listen, read music, write music, aurally recognise music, work with others, work individually, be challenged and above all have fun.
INDIVIDUAL PIANO LESSONS
We are also offering limited places for individual piano lessons at a separate location. Please contact us if you are interested.
We offer a music program underpinned by the principles of the music educational philosophy developed by 20th Century Hungarian ethnomusicologist, pedagogue and composer Zoltán Kodály. These principles include:
1. Music should belong to everyone.
2. Music should be taught in a logical and sequential manner.
3. Music education should begin as early as possible in a child's life. Kodály believed that music was among, if not the most important subject to teach in schools.
4. There should be pleasure in learning music, it should not be torturous.
5. The voice is the most accessible, universal instrument.
6. The musical material used should be of the highest quality and should be taught predominantly in the context of the mother-tongue folk song.
7. Music educators should be highly trained and accomplished musicians and teachers.
What this means for the students in our classes and their families:
We are committed to the belief that a good music education should be accessible to everyone, not just those who can afford it which is why we keep our tuition fees low and offer sibling and early bird discounts.
Our lessons are designed and delivered in a sequential program that gradually builds on the already established skills and knowledge of the students.
We offer classes from the ages of 0-100. It is never too early, or too late to begin! Please contact us if our current age groupings do not suit your needs and depending on numbers we may be able to create a new class group.
Lessons are designed to foster a love of music and a love of learning. We derive so much joy from creating fun and engaging learning experiences for our students and we aim to share this joy with our students and their families.
Students learn by doing, using their voices as the main instrument for musical learning, and sometimes supported by the use of their bodies and tuned and untuned percussion instruments.
Our teachers have spent tireless hours over many years gathering the highest quality age-appropriate, culturally-appropriate materials and resources to enable the best learning experiences.
Students will experience learning with educators who are highly educated and have a vast number of years of experience teaching in a wide variety of educational contexts.
MEET OUR TEAM
Musicianship and Piano Teacher
Kristen Brown has been working as a Classroom Music Specialist teaching students from P-12 in state, private and independent schools for the past 15 years. She is currently teaching music at Mt Alvernia College in Kedron where she has also had experience in the role of Curriculum Leader for the Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) specialising in piano performance and pedagogy, and a Bachelor of Education specialising in primary and secondary classroom music education from the University of Queensland. Kristen has experience teaching classroom music and conducting choirs in a sequential aural approach from early childhood to adulthood. She has also been teaching piano privately and performing as professional accompanist for 20 years. Kristen was the Treasurer for the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia, Queensland Branch for 6 years and has been involved in presenting at workshops and conferences and writing articles for professional publications in the fields of music education and leadership. She feels passionately that music is for everyone and that there is much value to be gained from good education in good music, both on an individual and communal level, not least of which is the ability to have more love, more compassion and more gentleness. Kristen enjoys sharing this passion and energy with the students and families of her musicianship and piano tuition classes.
Susan Creese is a teacher, choral singer, conductor and pianist from Brisbane. She teaches music to students of all ages, from newborn babies to adult learners. Susan has recently specialised in designing and implementing Music programs that are inspired by Kodály’s educational philosophies within P-12 schools around Brisbane including Ambrose Treacy College, St Peters Lutheran College and Moreton Bay College. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Arts degree in Kodály Music Pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy in Hungary. She is the current National Secretary of the National Council of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia. Susan has a passion for teacher training and development and has worked as a clinician and lecturer in musicianship, choral conducting and methodology across Australia.
During a career spanning almost 30 years, Deb Wilson has been a classroom teacher, music teacher and Music Co-ordinator in both State and Independent schools, Do-Re-Mi State Co-ordinator for QLD and has also worked in Early Childhood music programs in Tertiary Institutions. Early in her career, Deb developed a keen interest in the areas of music and learning support and how music can enhance the development of oral language, literacy and numeracy, fine and gross motor skills and social skills in the early years. Deb currently teaches Prep at St John’s Anglican College Forest Lake, after 17 enjoyable years at St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly. Her teaching philosophy is an old Chinese proverb – “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand."
Kim Crawford has worked for the past 14 years as a music teacher and choral conductor in Brisbane. She has experience teaching students across all year levels from Prep to Year 12. She is currently teaching at St Anthony’s Primary School, Kedron. Kim holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Queensland. She has a Kodaly Certificate in both primary and secondary education and a Masters degree in Aural
Methodology from the University of Queensland. Kim is passionate about group singing and has had a range of choral experience including performing and touring internationally with the So-la Voce chamber choir, as well as directing choirs both in school and community sectors. Kim is an advocate for all the fundamental beliefs of the Kodaly philosophy and loves to embed, adapt and transform these principles in new and creative ways in the classroom to engage the ever-changing and varied learning styles of the students she
Hear from our students and families.
"I love singing and dancing and doing actions to the songs. I like that there is no pressure and no tests."
Student from 7-9 year old class
Get in touch to book a no-obligation free trial class to find out more about learning with us
Group classes held at Paddington Hall
10 Moreton St, Paddington QLD 4064
0417 837 324